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 £5000

Overall Winner Receives: 

  • A Cash prize of £1,000.00 to support the production of new works.

  • Commercial mentoring package.

  • Stand space Chester Arts Fair 2021 worth £1,000.

 

£250.00 will be awarded for each winning category

Key Dates

25 September 2019 - Applications Open

10 December 2019 - Phase One Applications Close

29th February 2020 - Phase Two Applications Close

 

31 March 2020 - Stage One Results Announced

 

May 2020 - Stage Two Judging Selection

 

1st June 2020 - 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 

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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