NOA Artists' Testimonials

NOA is an extraordinary institution, founded by the Duke of Richmond. Originally a local organisation, it has, through drive and vision, now achieved the position of being the UK’s best open art competition attracting a total spectrum of applicants from schoolchildren to some of the leading fine artists in the country.


Daniel (April 17)



Before things get going for NOA17 I wanted to write you a brief thank you note for the exemplary level of organisation of NOA16. I had two pictures in the Mercer’s Hall exhibition, the standard of work in the exhibition was excellent and I was proud to have been included, from start to finish this competition was efficiently and expertly run, unfortunately, I know this having been involved in some competitions where the opposite was true!


I shall be entering in 2017 and hope to be selected again!


Thanks again and regards,




I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for all the effort and support that the NOA team has put in behind the scenes with the organisation and exhibition of this year at Mercers Hall, a great venue.

Your hard work and dedication was evident walking around the beautifully curated exhibition. The mood was supportive and positive amongst the fellow artists at the private views.

I was so proud to be awarded a prize this year and to be able to put this on my art biography and the prize will fund another year of making art.

I have entered NOA since 2010 and this was my first time exhibiting. It was wonderful to meet all the team in person, who have been so supportive and encouraging, regardless, over the last few years. I have in turn encouraged many artist friends to enter and will continue to.

Thank you once again, it has been a memorable and uplifting experience in my art career.


Kindest regards,





I collected my work from Pulborough today and I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to take part in NOA this year. Everyone was so friendly and it was a really positive experience. I'm so pleased that I made the shortlist.





This is the one open competition I really feel is worth entering, with superb back-up and assistance!





I thought I would write to thank, the transport agents and the handling staff at NOA who looked after my painting so expertly while it was with you for the shortlisting process. It arrived back in Northern Ireland this morning after a long journey, via England and Scotland in pristine condition and none the worse for its great adventure.


It was a pleasure for me to be a small part of such a wonderful competition and I would also like to thank you personally for your courtesy and help with the query's I had during my participation in it.


I congratulate all the worthy finalists and I hope it is a great success for all concerned.


Kind Regards,



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