Who are we?

Organising Committee 

  • John Garstang – Chairperson
  • Phoebe Monk – Artists’ Entry and Event Manager
  • Kathryn Quinn – Marketing 
  • Andrew Oliver – Graphic Design
  • Nicola Jose  – Treasurer
  • Sylvia Beaumont – Secretary
  • Linda Heywood – Artists’ Liaison
  • Joanne Bishop – Charity 
  • Rosemary Millar – Artist Advisor and Website Coordinator




Our Vision

To promote art, artists and well being through exhibition, education and participation.


To inspire creativity

Ensure a high quality and efficient event

To be fair, ethical and inclusive

To collaborate, communicate and be accountable

To value and promote volunteering


The open art exhibition is owned and run by volunteer artists


It is a not-for-profit, self-funded organization run by volunteers.

Presently the volunteers are assisted by the local Arts Development Manager at Swavesey Village College. We are actively seeking business sponsorship to support the exhibition. We work with a charity partner and are hoping to gain a media partner.


The purpose of the exhibition is to promote art appreciation and encourage creativity for all involved, including the students at Swavesey Village College and to benefit established and emerging artists living in Cambridge and elsewhere, giving them the opportunity to promote and showcase their work. This work can be traditional or innovative.


The exhibition is not-for-profit and is artist led..

It is to benefit artists and to raise the profile of the visual arts in and around Cambridge and for this reason no commission on sales is taken from artists.

The exhibition is open and non selective.


USP: The exhibition is the only large one in East Anglia not to charge commission on work sold. By showcasing the work in first class surroundings this provides artists with the best opportunity to reach a discerning audience.

Artist Entry Fee

We charge an entry fee that covers marketing costs, screen hire, transportation, venue hire, artwork check in, hanging, artwork labeling, artists preview reception, stewarding, artwork check out, administration and public liability.


For 22 years the exhibition was held at Cottenham Village College. This year is the fourth year that it will be held at Swavesey Village College. The committee is open to exploring new venues in the future years.

Revised February 2017

If you can help in any way please contact info@coax.org.uk

Cambridge Open Art Exhibition – Policies 

COAX Safeguarding Statement (1)

Cambridge Open Art Exhibition Health and Safety Policy

Cambridge Open Art Exhibition Equality Statement



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