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20th National Open Art Winners' Exhibition | Pallant House Gallery Chichester

6 - 18 December 2016


"One of the most important galleries for British modern art in the country" - Adrian Tahourdin, Times Literary Supplement


As a grand finale, National Open Art will be taking the winners of the 20th National Open Art Competition to be hung in a two-week exhibition at the national critically acclaimed Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, where the competition was founded 20 years ago.


"The collection is a revelation." - Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times


Pallant House Gallery is home to one of the best collections of Modern British art in the UK, with works by Henry Moore, Walter Sickert, Ben Nicholson, Eduardo Paolozzi and Peter Blake.


The core of this ‘collection of collections' is Modern British art, but other artworks figure such at the Bow Porcelain of the Geoffrey Freeman Collection. Each group of works has been formed by different collectors and different impulses and lends its own character to the collection, making the experience of Pallant House Gallery engaging, insightful and unique.


What’s on at Pallant House Gallery while NOA Winners are exhibited? Find out here.


Photographs of the 20th National Open Art Exhibition at Mercers' Hall can be found on FaceBook here and the full story can be found below, under Past Exhibitions.










Pallant House Gallery | 9 North Pallant Chichester West Sussex PO19 1TJ


Opening Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday | 10am – 5pm

Thursday | 10am – 8pm

Sunday/Bank Holidays | 11am – 5pm

Mondays | Closed



Adults | £10 (£11 with Gift Aid)

Children | £5 (£6 with Gift Aid)

Students | Free

Tuesdays | £5 (£6 with Gift Aid)

Thursday evenings | £5 (£6 with Gift Aid)


To visit the website click here.




Pallant House Gallery


Click here to download a map. There is no dedicated parking for the Gallery but there are several public car parks nearby.


By Rail


Chichester Station is a 10-minute walk away from the Gallery, with regular direct links to London Victoria, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, and Gatwick Airport. Trains to London Waterloo connect at nearby Havant. Call 08457 484950 for timetables and other details.


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National Open Art Pop-Up at ARTROOMS 2017 | Meliá White House Albany Street Regent's Park London NW1 3UP | 20 - 23 January 2017


Put the date in the diary, because you guessed it, ARTROOMS is BACK!

For a third year running ARTROOMS will be taking over 80 bedrooms at Meliá White House, a top 4 star deluxe hotel (closest station Great Portland Street), for 4 days during London Arts Fair!


The exhibition will showcase artists work chosen by our prestigious committee, including artist Gavin Turk, S2 Sotheby's Gallery Director Fru Tholstrup, curators Sam Walker and Bronac Ferran, art critic Michael Barnett and Anthony Molino, Steven Music founder of Celeste Prize, art collector Alessandra Stagliano, art dealers Louisa Grasso Omar and Paola Lucente, Jimmy Lek founder of Art Gemini Prize, Antonella Di Lullo from NU Factory.


Established artists will also be exhibited with the ‘guest artist’ line-up, including Francesca Pasquali (courtesy of Tornabuoni Art UK),


Cristina Antonini, ARTROOMS founder, commented, “We invite all the galleries based in London and those present during the London Art Fair Week, to come and scout for artists, using the fair to test them in the market and potentially nurture further collaborations. It is a unique opportunity for them to uncover unrepresented talent from all over the world. Galleries play a very important role in the art industry and our aim is to facilitate the quest for tomorrow’s next big star. There is no other event offering independent artists this level of exposure in the UK”


ARTROOMS will open with a special, invitation-only, preview on 20th January 2016, opening to the general public from 21 – 23 January 2016.


Past Exhibitions


20th National Open Art Exhibition



Image: David Edmond | The Painter | Oil on board 38 x 43 cm | £950


Mercers' Hall City of London | October & November 2016


Amateur and self-taught artists were among the surprise winners of more than £50,000 worth of prizes in a triumphant climax to the 20th National Open Art (NOA) Competition. Opened by Lord Mervyn Davies on 27th October 2016, the exhibition at Mercers’ Hall showcased a cross-section of the finest contemporary British and Irish art from NOA competition prize winners and finalists. The exhibition was open to the public with free admission, funded by artists’ competition entry fees. NOA16 judge Robin Muir beautifully curated the 186 works within the stunning livery company building setting, following his successful curation of the National Portrait Gallery’s Vogue 100 earlier this year. Royal Academician David Remfry and Fiona Kingsman, Head of Tate Exchange, were also judges this year.


Juliet Robinson, a retired computer sales executive who began painting in her 40s, won the 20th National Open Art Prize for Going My Way? an abstract oil painting inspired by a young girl spotted from a London bus. Software writer Chris King, who has no formal training in photography, won the 20th National Open Art Photography Prize for Ellen and Susan – 76901, an image of his wife’s late grandparent's Texan living room.


Self-taught Bristol-based artist Tom Hughes received the 20th National Open Art Emerging Artist Prize for an intricate oil painting of his spare room-come-art-studio, Studio corner with smart phone. The 20th National Open Art Young Artist Prize went to 20-year-old Lee Simmonds. His self-portrait Maybe I’m Wasting My Young Years, inspired by the title of a London Grammar song, has just helped him secure a place at Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Art.


Other notable wins include commercial photographer Richard Weston’s intimate portrait of his drag artist son Sam, which was awarded the NOA Photography Runner-Up Prize, and Gini Wade’s, Home 2 – Regeneration, a lithograph print inspired by the artist’s travels in Syria and her memories of London bomb sites after the Blitz, which won the NOA Regional Welsh Award.


The winning artworks will be exhibited at Chichester's Pallant House Gallery in December from 6 - 18 December 2016.


Photographs of the exhibition and private views can be found on Facebook here.

The Livery Companies & The Mercers’ Company | Hosts of the 20th National Open Art Exhibition.


There are more than one hundred Livery companies in London. Each of them is a remarkable philanthropic fellowship. Ancient (eg Weavers) or modern (eg Water Conservators), they are all dedicated to serving others.


Whether firmly bound or loosely tied to a craft, trade or successor, every Company has in its own way made its charitable work manifest either by nurturing the skills of those actively involved.


The living out of this ethos through the ages has ensured that the Livery holds an honoured place in the life of the City, the nation and beyond.


The Mercers’ Company is one of the 110 Livery Companies of the City of London. The Company and its associated charitable trusts makes substantial grants to support education, general welfare, church and faith and arts and heritage. A network of almshouses and other homes for the elderly are managed by the charitable trusts associated with the Company. The Company is closely involved with 17 schools across the country and supports them primarily through the appointment of governors. The Company funds its activities from income derived from its investments, mainly property in London’s West End and the City.




All exhibition and shortlisted works are available on the online Galleries.

Please contact us if you would like to purchase works from any of our artists.

Commissions welcome.



London Wall Partners


The Foyle Foundation
Anthony Ward Thomas
The Arts Club
Artists' Collecting Society
Chichester University
University for the Creative Arts
Cass Art
34 Merrion Hotel
Welsh Award - Twr y Felin
Belmond Hotels
Lawrence Alkin Gallery


MS Amlin
Pallant House Gallery
The Other Art Fair 2016
Galleries Magazine
Mercers' Company
Brighton Fringe
Art Rooms


John Jones
Princes Foundation
The Art Newspaper
House of Fairy Tales
Chichester College
Be Smart About Art
Unity Studios
Breen SmartBags
Emily Ball at Seawhite
Mill Studio