21st National Open Art Exhibition: Gavin Turk’s Tulips, live art, and the best of British and Irish creativity


  • The leading independent art prize comes of age with a series of collaborations and events at the Oxo Tower’s Bargehouse in November (17-26)

  • Gavin Turk to bring Turkish Tulips Exhibition Portfolio, fresh from the Museum Van Loon and Bowes Museum

  • Royal Academy of Art’s Chief Executive Charles Saumarez Smith to open free exhibition of contemporary art, photography and short-film

The 21st National Open Art Competition is to celebrate coming-of-age in style with a series of artistic collaborations and events during the 21st NOA Exhibition at the Oxo Tower’s Bargehouse in November (17-26).


The main exhibition of art, photography and short film, showcasing the best of British and Irish creativity, is being exhibited across nine gallery spaces. It will appear alongside the Turkish Tulips Exhibition Portfolio, featuring works by NOA’s Vice-President Gavin Turk, plus Damien Hirst, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Cornelia Parker and Sir Peter Blake.

Live art will be created by NOA’s artists-in-residence throughout the free, 10-day event, while Be Smart About Art will present a series of professional development talks for creatives.


In a special weekend to inspire children’s creativity (25-26 November), artists Deborah Curtis and Gavin Turk’s the House of Fairytales will be inviting children to make films for its cinema, while Explore Learning will hold a number of free creative writing workshops to explore what the world will be like in 3017.


Also collaborating with NOA is Hyphen, an architecture practice that has delivered projects for leading brands in over 50 countries. Hyphen has designed a temporary installation for the reception space of the exhibition, in Gallery 1 on the ground floor.

Artist Jane McAdam Freud, former NOA winner Kelvin Okafor, gallery director Cynthia Corbett, photographer Zelda Cheatle and filmmakers Elaine Pyke and Adam Saward judged this year’s competition.


Kelvin, who won the NOA Visitors’ Choice Award in 2012, said: “Life changed because of NOA. The competition enabled me to work as an artist, which was my ultimate dream.

“Just five-years-ago I was one of these artists, so to be a judge is an incredible honour. The judging process has been wonderful, but it has also been very hard, the standard was so high.”

More than £50,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to winning NOA artists after Charles Saumarez Smith, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Art, opens the exhibition.


The 21st National Open Art Exhibition runs 17 to 26 November at Oxo’s Bargehouse and is free to enter.


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Images of a selection of artworks from the 21st National Open Art Exhibition are available to download here. Please credit the artist of any image used.

Exhibition address and opening times:

21st National Open Art Exhibition

17 - 26 November 2017

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, SE1 9PH

Open 11am to 6pm

Free entry

Closest tubes: Southwark, Blackfriars, and Waterloo

Access: Please be aware that this venue has lift access to the second floor only and that guests will be required to walk upstairs.


About NOA

National Open Art (NOA) is the UK's leading independent art competition, open to amateur and professional artists, photographers and filmmakers living in the UK and Ireland offering both shortlisted and winning artists opportunities through our exhibitions and online art sales platform, as well as a variety of prizes and awards worth over £50,000. More information at


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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.


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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