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VAO - Open Call For Application

Invitation To Apply for Stage 1

Visual Art Open Prize 2016

Welcome to the Visual Art Open Competition, aimed at promoting unknown artists yet to establish their profile in the contemporary art world. The competition is a celebration of both UK & International, professional and amateur artists working in one of more of the following medias: drawing, printing, painting, photography, digital art and sculpture.

Applications are now open. We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to apply online.

The Competition

  • Aimed at providing a platform for UK & International Artists to develop their passion and career in the arts sector

  • Artwork judged by panel of jurors appointed by VAO, all of which are artists, writers, art critics, collectors and curators from the international contemporary art world

  • Five Categories: - Painting / Mixed Media - Illustration / Drawing - Sculpture - Photography - Emerging Artist / Young Artist (Under 24)

  • Prizes: Overall Winner - Cash prize of £1,000.00 to support the production of new works - Commercial mentoring package - Exclusive solo show - Exhibition at a commercial UK Art Fair Individual Categories - A cash prize of £250.00 will be awarded to the winner of each category

  • Cost - £15.00 per submission. £10.00 for entrants under 25 years old

  • No age restrictions - all welcome to apply


Key Dates

  • September - Applications Open Call

  • 31 December - Applications Close

  • 31 March - Finalist Shotlist

  • 31 April - Finalist Jury Score

  • 31 May - Winners Announced

  • November 2017 - Visual Arts Open Exhibition at Arts Fair

How To Apply

Round 1 of applications for the competition is now open. To apply online, click here and you will 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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