The VAO 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 £8000

Overall Winner Receives:

  • Cash prize

  • Solo Show at Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair Virtual Online Event

  • 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 

  • Finalists will be exhibited at Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair Virtual Online Event 2020

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 

 Key Dates VAO20

25 September 2019 - Applications Open

10 December 2019 - Phase One Applications Close

29th February 2020 - Phase Two Applications Close

 

1st April – Phase Three Applications open – Create Art 4 Hope

 

20th June – Phase Three Applications close

 

28th August 2020 - Stage One Results Announced

 

30th September 2020 - Stage Two Judging Selection

 

7th October 2020  - Finalist Email Announcement

 

November 2020 - Exhibition of all 30 shortlisted works from the VAO at Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair Virtual Online Event 2020, winners announced

 

November 2020 - VAO200 Overall Winner Exhibition at Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair 2021 

Categories

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

  • Painting & Mixed Media & Printmaking

  • Illustration & Drawing

  • Sculpture

  • Photography / Digital Art 

  • Young Artist (16 - 24 years old)

  • Children's Award (15 years and under)

 

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