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A quick word by the Editor, Emma Bennett:

'The City Art Books started from a little idea by an artist frustrated at the lack of opportunities for her and her fellow artists to get their work seen by a broader audience. After a huge amount of hard work to get the idea off the ground for The Cambridge Art Book, it was the constant enthisiasm and support by local artists to keep going, to get the varied work of so many artists seen in once place that kept momentum up. After the sucess of The Cambridge Book, other artists in other cities started to contact Emma to enquire about similar opportunities. So with the help of a lot of coffee and some amazing artists the books conitue to be loved by many. Exhibition groups have formed and artists circles in places they did not exist before and it is exciting to see these developments.'

Would you like to see your work represented (completely for free) in a high quality hard-backed contemporary art book showcasing the city of Liverpool? We are looking for artists of all ages, experience and importantly a mix of media to submit images free for consideration (but please no pure photography).

What has made The Cambridge Art Book such a hit and we hope the Oxford Art Book and The Edinburgh Art Book (to be published May 2019) is that it not only captures the familiar and famous landmarks in and around Cambridge, but also the unfamiliar and quirky. (Pictures with people, dogs, cranes...) Work by local urban sketchers, illustrators, students, print makers, experienced book illustrators, collage artists and those working in a mix of media, the books represent all artists.

The websites for the City Art Books can be found here:

Why take part?

This is a great opportunity if you work is selected by the local panel of top city and art experts to get your images published in a beautiful hardbacked book to show your city, get your name more known and have your work seen worldwide. It can also provides:

- coverage in the press

- exhibition opportunities

- greater (and new) audiences for your work and website (via the 'artists section' in the book)

- the chance to sign books at press launches

- the opportunity to buy copies of the book at cost price to sell on at Open Studios/Art Weeks, fairs, on your own websites etc.

- a presence on the book's web site

- a boost to confidence (if you need it!)

The practical bit, what you can send and when...

You can submit up to 12 contemporary images, if you are unsure the kind of thing we are after check out: or have a look at the book in bookshops or on Amazon, or just get in touch.

The deadline for submitting images is December 5th (this is a little flexible, just email to discuss if necessary: If you intend to submit do let us know we would love to hear from you. Please note we are happy to receive any media but not pure photographs.

There is a PDF with the further information which we will add shortly.

Click on the box below for list of buildings/sites for inspiration (This its just a guide - you will know of more!)

liverpool sites








Image size and sending images
For initial submission the image needs to be large enough that we get to appreciate its full effect.  If you image is chosen for publication it will need to be 300dpi and a minimum size of 3000 x 2400 pixels, so please make sure that it can be produced in this format. (If you are not sure just ask).

Your image(s) need to be labeled with your name and then the location of your image (not the official name), e.g:

Barney Smith: The Albert Doc

Ways of sending:

e-mail if smaller files:

Our preferred way of receiving bigger or multiple files is via We Transfer which is free and very simple to use:

The Process

When the deadline has passed and images have been catalogued, a panel of art and local (Liverpool) city experts will look carefully at all image. The pictures will be discussed for the quality of the image, but also how they balance with others images, media and geographical location to make up the best book possible.

Your Agreement

Before submitting images for consideration please be sure that you are the owner of the image and have full permission to use it.  If one or more of your images are chosen for publication you will be asked to sign a professionally drawn up Artist License Agreement (ALA).  This ALA says that you are happy for us to use your image(s) but importantly it credits that you are the sole owner of the image(s); can use the image(s) in any other way you wish and that full ownership and copyright of the image(s) belongs to you.

Quotes from Artists involved in The Cambridge Art Book:

“I am delighted and honoured to be included in this beautiful book”

“Just want to thank you for this AMAZING opportunity!”

“The book is a proper beauty"

"The book is AMAZING!

“I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the book!”

“Such a gorgeous publication, having my work represented in such a fantastic publication has really boosted my confidence”

Date Protection

Your data will be kept completely secure and never shared with anyone in any cirumstances unless agreed directly with you. All e-mail addresses and information are kept in password protected spreadsheets and never shared.

Whilst we strive for utmost precision in every detail of The City Art Book series, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions made at time of going to press.  If any such omissions/errors do occur they will be rectified in any additional print editions.