VAO Judges Announced

October 7, 2016

Call For Entries - Visual Art Open Prize  


Applications have already started coming in fast for the 2016 Visual Art Open Prize. The competition is open to both amateur and professional artists working in one or more of the following mediums: drawing, printing, painting, sculpture, photography, illustration and digital art. The overall winner of the competition will be awarded a cash prize of £1,000 as well as a stand worth £1,000 (incl lighting) at the Chester Arts Fair 2017.




Revealed - The VAO Judges



        Frances Ackland Snow                   Cliff Richard MBE



             Adrian Sumner                     Karen van Hoey Smith



Each of our four judges have been carefully selected by the VAO to represent a good balance of artists actively working in the international art world, art and antique collectors, and gallery representatives and curators. 


For more information about each judge, click HERE where you will be redirected to our JUDGES page. 



   Key Dates  


  • September - Applications Open Call

  • 31 December - Applications Close

  • 31 March - Finalist Shortlist

  • 31 April - Finalist Jury Score

  • 31 May - Winners Announced

  • November 2017 - Visual Arts Open Exhibition at Arts Fair





Apply Now


Round 1 of applications for the competition is now open. To apply online click here and you will be re-directed to a form to complete and upload up to five pieces of work.  Alternatively, for more information call 01244 893185 or email










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