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Visual Art Open 2018
By Visual-Art-Open

International Deadline: February 28, 2018 – The Visual Art Open [VAO] is a Not for Profit event and is administered by a panel of experienced accredited independent art experts.

The aim is to give UK and International visual artists the ultimate platform to develop their passion and career in the arts sector. The awards permit artists to build sustained and strategic partnerships with art galleries and creative practitioners. Finalists will benefit from exhibiting, selling and showcasing their work to art critics and art buyers alike.

The competition is open to both amateur and professional artists, working in one or more of the following media: drawing, printing, painting, photography, digital art, and sculpture. All work submitted must be solely produced by the artists registered for this award and must have been completed in the last three years. Artists must be 18+ years old. The VAO has no maximum age limit.

The overall winner of the VAO will be awarded:

  • A Cash prize of £1,000.00 to support the production of new works
  • Commercial mentoring package
  • Exclusive solo show. The location of the solo show will be decided with the winning artist
  • Exhibition at Chester Arts Fair 2019 worth £1,000
  • £250.00 will be awarded for each winning category

JURORS (see bios here)

  • Karen van Hoey Smith
  • David Klein
  • Wendy Connelly
  • Dr Jeremy Turner
  • Frances Ackland-Snow

All works are judged by the VAO panel anonymously, basing all work on the details provided in the application form including the materials used.  The Criteria judged includes:

  • Quality of the piece of art produced / technical standard
  • Quality of the final presentation
  • Artist Potential
  • Interesting Content

£15 per artwork or £10 per artwork for under 24’s.

Visit us online for further details and easy online entry.


  • 28 February – Applications Close
  • 31 March – Finalist Shortlist
  • 28 April – Finalist Jury Score
  • 31 May – Shortlist of five entries per category posted online for the People’s Choice Award
  • November 2018 – Exhibition of all 25 shortlisted works from the VAO at Chester Arts Fair 2018, winners announced

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