The VAO competition is currently running in its fourth 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
All finalists invited to exhibit at the UKs largest artist art fair plus receive an annual membership to the Visual Artists Association www.visual-artists.org
International Online Global Art Exhibition of Finalists
Free Career Development Talks
20% Discount with Cass Art
ALL SUBMISSIONS will receive promotion on social media and email coverage to 50,000, plus an invitation to the annual show.
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
31st July 2020 - Stage One Results Announced
31st August - Stage Two Judging Selection
7th September - Finalist Email Announcement
November 2020 - Exhibition of all 30 shortlisted works from the VAO at Chester Arts Fair 2020, winners announced
November 2020 - VAO200 Overall Winner Exhibition at Chester Arts Fair 2021
There are six key categories for entrants to apply to:
Painting & Mixed Media & Printmaking
Illustration & Drawing
Photography / Digital Art
Young Artist (16 - 24 years old)
Children's Award (15 years and under)