OXFORD once again has its chance to show that it is better than Cambridge – this time on the canvas.

Following the success of her Cambridge Art Book, which showcased the city through works by 51of its finest artists, creator Emma Bennett is now looking for contributors for Oxford’s very own own sequel.

The bar has been set high by the Cambridge collection which was described as 'a book to treasure' by Stephen Fry and 'irresistible' by Joanna Lumley.

Mrs Bennett, from Cambridge, said she chose Oxford for her follow-up folio because of the city's 'amazing collection of historic and iconic buildings but also the beautiful open spaces and quirky places'.

She went on: "The two cities also share an incredible artistic talent.

"I have strong links to Oxford: in fact, I was canoeing around the Oxford canals last week and am always inspired by the city and its history."

Mrs Bennett has been visiting Oxford since she was a child and often visited while studying at the University of Reading.

She said: "Two of my best friends and their families live in Oxford, so I get to visit and am always amazed that, like Cambridge, the city inspires such a variety of art and artists."

Mrs Bennett is looking for contributors of all ages and experiences to submit oil paintings, water colours, sketches, charcoals and brass rubbings for consideration.

She is welcoming submission of any media other than photography.

She said: "It is not only the familiar images of Oxford we are after but also the quirky and the unusual.

"I had the idea for The Cambridge Art Book last year whilst thinking about the amazing variety of contemporary artists working in the city and those inspired by it.

"More than 60 talented artists of all ages and experience submitted images for consideration and I and a panel of art experts had a tough job selecting the final 120 for publication."

The Oxford colleges, The Radcliffe Camera, The Bridge of Sighs, Blenheim Palace of Sighs and Oxford Castle are among the suggestions of the more famous landmarks Mrs Bennett would like to see submitted.

But she also asked for works depicting less well-known and quirky buildings and landscapes such as Tom Tower on St Aldates, The Headington Shark and The Eagle and Child pub.

She even asked for the everyday sights associated with Oxford like bikes, railings and the barges and punts on the river.

For full details of how to submit your work, visit theoxfordartbook.co.uk