Judges revealed as entries open for the 21st National Open Art Prize

  • Hughie O’Donoghue RA, Jane McAdam Freud, Kelvin Okafor and Cynthia Corbett lead the judging panel.

Royal Academician Hughie O’Donoghue, artist Jane McAdam Freud, former NOA winner Kelvin Okafor, gallery director Cynthia Corbett and filmmakers Elaine Pyke and Adam Saward are to judge the 21st National Open Art Prize.


Professional and amateur artists aged 15 and over can now submit work to the main 2017 competition. Prizes are being offered for painting, drawing, original print, photography, wall hung installation, digital art and moving image. The Children’s competition, for budding artists aged 14 and below, opens at the same time.


Each entry is judged anonymously, making the competition one of the most democratic in the UK and Ireland. This year’s finalists will be exhibited at the 21st National Open Art Exhibition in the Autumn where the prize winners will be announced.


The 500 long-listed entries from this year’s competition will be for sale through NOA’s website and at various exhibitions.


The 21st NOA Prize is open for entries from 1 March until midnight on 9 July. Finalists will be announced in September.


The competition costs £20 per adult entry, £12 per student and young person entry (ages 15-23), and £5 per entry to the children’s competition (14 and under).


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Images of the winning artworks from the 20th National Open Art Prize to accompany this release are available to download here. Please credit the artist of any image used.


National Open Art’s 2016 artists selected for ARTROOMS


  • Award-winning and selected works from NOA 16 on offer at London’s largest free art fair for independent artists
  • 20th National Open Art Prize winner Juliet Robertson and National Open Art Young Artist 2016 Lee Simmonds among exhibiting artists
  • Around 30 artists from NOA’s catalogue available for buyers


Award-winning artwork from National Open Art’s 2016 competition is to be exhibited at ARTROOMS in January.

Around 30 pieces, selected by NOA from 2016 shortlisted, selected and winning artists, will be available to buy during ARTROOMS (Saturday 21 to Monday 23 January), London’s biggest free independent arts fair.

For the third year running, ARTROOMS will be taking over 80 bedrooms at 4-star deluxe hotel the Meliá White House during London Arts Fair. ARTROOMS has fast established itself as a place for buyers to scout art news and trends, making it the perfect place to showcase artists from the 2016 NOA competition.


Among the artists selected by NOA to appear at ARTROOMS is Juliet Robertson, winner of the 20th National Open Art Prize. Work by Lee Simmonds, winner of the 20th National Open Art Best Young Artist Prize and former BP Portrait Award artist, will also appear.


NOA 2016 artists have been selected by acclaimed Vogue picture editor and curator Robin Muir, Royal Academician David Remfry, the Tate’s Fiona Kingsman, art critic, curator and artist Lorenzo Belenguer and book illustrator Anna Koska.


Tickets for ARTROOMS are on sale now. Visit to book.


For more information about buying work by NOA artists visit



ARTROOMS opening times:

Saturday 21st January • 12pm – 7pm
Sunday 22nd January • 12pm – 7pm
Monday 23rd January • 10am – 1:30pm

The Meliá White House Hotel, Albany Street, Regent’s Park, NW1 3UP



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