The VAO art competition is currently running in its fifth consecutive year and is open to both amateur and professional artists.


The primary goal of the awards is to reveal and establish artists' profiles in the contemporary art world. 

Prize Fund Worth £8,000

Overall Winner Receives:

  • Cash prize

  • Certificate 

  • Solo Show at Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair 

  • Annual Mentorship Programme  

  • International Online Global Art Exhibition of Finalists

  • Free Career Development Talks

  • 20% Discount with Cass Art

All Category Winners Receives:

  • £250 cash prize 

  • Certificate

  • Finalists will be exhibited at Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair 

ALL SUBMISSIONS will receive promotion on social media and email coverage to 50,000, plus an invitation to the annual show.

Key Dates VAO21

1st October 2020 - Applications Open 

15th December 2020 - Applications Close


 Key Dates VAO20

13th November - 13th December 2020 - Online Virtual Fair of all our Finalists works from the VAO, winners announced


There are five key categories for entrants to apply to: ​​

  • Painting & Mixed Media & Printmaking

  • Illustration & Drawing

  • Sculpture

  • Photography / Digital Art 

  • Young Artist (16 - 24 years old)


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