21st National Open Art Competition - Open for Entries


"NOA is a wonderful platform for artists, a truly open competition, offering the opportunity not only for artists to exhibit their work in first class venues but the chance of being recognised and the possibility of being selected for one of the many prizes. The competition itself gives a real ‘snapshot‘ of current practice in the UK and Ireland."  Hughie O’Donoghue RA - 2017 Chair Judge


The search is on . . .


Royal Academician Hughie O’Donoghue, artist Jane McAdam Freud, former NOA winner Kelvin Okafor, gallery director Cynthia Corbett, photographer Zelda Cheatle and filmmakers Elaine Pyke and Adam Saward are looking for artists to enter the 21st National Open Art Competition in the search for the best British and Irish contemporary art of 2017.

Professional and amateur artists aged 15 and over can now submit work to the main 2017 competition. No artists are invited resulting in an exhibition of 100% open entries all judged anonymously, making the competition one of the most democratic in the UK and Ireland operating today. This year’s finalists will be exhibited at the 21st National Open Art Exhibition at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf in November where the prizewinners will be announced. The 500 shortlisted entries from this year’s competition will be entered into the World Art Vote, as well as being offered for sale through the NOA website galleries and from the artists’ profiles. The National Open Art Children's Competition is also accepting entries from children aged 0 - 14.




Enter online before midnight on 9 July 2017. The competition accepts up to four works per artist in each of the following categories; paintings, drawings, photography, original print, wall hung installations, digital art, and moving image. There is a £60,000 prize fund donated by sponsors, patrons, and individuals. The cost is £20 per adult entry, £12 for students and young people age 15-23, and £5 per child entry (up to three) to the children’s competition. All proceeds directly contribute to funding the exhibition which offers free admission to the public.

Finalists will be announced in late September and the winners revealed at the Private View and Prize Giving at the 21st National Open Art Exhibition open from 17 - 26 November 2017.



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