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.

Key Dates

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 

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)

  • ‘CreateArt4Hope’ Campaign

 

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