We founded the National Open Art Children’s Competition to nurture and encourage children and young people of all ages and capabilities to engage in the arts. Children are a hugely important part of National Open Art and we’re passionate about celebrating their talent, enthusiasm, and potential.  We care about the benefits creativity can have for children’s development and well-being and, ultimately, we want to help inspire the next generation of artists and creatives.


We actively engage thousands of schools around the UK and Ireland every year and welcome all children and young people from 0-14 years old to engage, look, learn, draw, paint, create and make, and share their creations with us. Click here to enter the competition or read on for more information about prizes and the competition process.


"Children are often very creative by nature and there are some incredibly talented young artists out there. Anything that encourages and develops this talent is something to be celebrated, and NOA's competition provides one of the very best opportunities around."

Chris Riddell - NOA16 Children's Competition


The Children's Competition is now closed

Judging has finished and the winners will be announced soon

Thank you





The competition is open for entries from 1 March – 23 July extended from 9 July 2017. It costs £5 per entry and children and young people can enter up to three works. There is also a ‘ten children’s entries for £10’ offer for schools - please email Anne, here, for details. Judging will take place throughout the Summer Holidays in August where our Children’s Judge will select the winning works. Everybody will be notified by email of the results, and the winners and top 100 children’s works will be requested to be delivered to Chichester College Brinsbury Campus, Pulborough, West Sussex between the 23 & 26 August. Instructions for sending the selected works will be included in the results email.


Prizes & Awards sponsored by The Foyle Foundation


National Open Art Children’s 1st Prize                                 iPad Air

Schools’ Art Department Bursary                                              £2,000


National Open Art Children’s 2nd Prize A Go-pro

Schools’ Art Department Bursary                                              £1,000


National Open Art Children’s 3rd Prize                                 £250 Art Materials Vouchers

Schools’ Art Department Bursary                                              £500



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This year, with new friends, partnerships, interest in the competition and gut determination, we have worked hard to expand the opportunities we have to offer to children, their families, and schools.


As before, we will be taking the top ten* children's artworks to be hung in the 21st National Open Art Exhibition at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, in London this Autumn from 16 – 26 November, where the Children’s Award Ceremony will take place and NOA & guests will award the top prizes in conjunction with the bursaries for school’s art departments.


NEW this year!


NOA are to host the first ever National Open Art Children’s Exhibition. A big group exhibition of the top 100 children’s artworks will be celebrated at the Oxmarket Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex, this December 2017; at the same time the finalists of the 21st National Open Art Competition will be exhibited in the internationally critically acclaimed Pallant House Gallery, also in Chichester.


*The NOA Children’s Competition Winner, 2nd & 3rd Prize Winners, and seven Highly Commended from each age group: Under 6 years, 6-10 years and 11-14 years.

Please note: In the event of a home-schooled child winning, the money will be awarded to a local school or children's art therapy charity of your choice.



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NOA Partner Chessington World of Adventures Resort


This summer Chessington World of Adventures Resort is really excited to be working with The National Open Art Charity to bring art and the importance of learning outside of the classroom together. Through the NOA children’s competition one lucky class will win one of the wildest art lessons of their lives at Chessington!



Pupils of the winning class will discover a variety of new artistic techniques and develop their skills as they make their way around the Zoo, SEA LIFE centre and Theme Park, using their newly acquired artistic techniques to creatively capture all they encounter and depict their adventure.


Chessington World of Adventures Resort has been awarded a quality badge by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom for the past three years. With over 1,000 animals in the Zoo and SEA LIFE centre, 10 themed lands and more than 40 rides and attractions, there's a world of educational adventures waiting to be explored.


The Resort offers a programme of interactive workshops and events for pupils in Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 5. These cover a variety of strands from the National Curriculum within science, maths, technology, literacy and business. Whether they are learning about the forces at work on rollercoasters, the different ways that Maths is used around a Theme Park or discovering how our new Asiatic lion cubs adapt to their environment. Every workshop mixes education and fun to bring learning to life.


Through the NOA children’s competition, both Chessington and National Open Art aim to ensure pupils have an unforgettable cross-curricular adventure. After all, there's nothing like a sense of wild adventure to enthuse and inspire children of any age!


NOA Partner Explore Learning

We are proud to announce that the National Open Art Children’s Competition is partnering with Explore Learning, founders of the annual National Young Writers Awards (NYWA); the UK’s longest-running writing competition for children, and the National Young Mathematicians Awards.


With an extraordinary synergy between us, we are looking forward to supporting each other’s enterprises in continuing to provide for, encourage and support children on their journeys through education in all its forms.





London Wall Partners


The Foyle Foundation
The Arts Club
Cass Art
Russell Fairbrass
Artists' Collecting Society
Belmond Hotels
Welsh Award - Twr y Felin
World First
Chichester University


MS Amlin
Pallant House Gallery
Anthony Ward Thomas
Explore Learning
Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Galleries Magazine
Art Rooms


House of Fairy Tales
Chichester College
Be Smart About Art
British Journal of Photography
Unity Studios