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
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
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)