Our Vision


To provide opportunities for artists to promote their work and encourage them to pursue a life in art.


Our Mission


To give artists a gateway to exhibit and promote their work, regardless of background.


To engage and educated the wider public with a cross-section of the best British and Irish contemporary art today.


Our Core Values


  • Open to all
  • High profile judges
  • Complete anonymity in judging
  • Judged on talent, not connections
  • Affordable competition entry fees for artists, students and young people, and children
  • Free admission to the annual National Open Art Exhibition
  • To be approachable and friendly


The History of National Open Art


In 1995, The Duke of Richmond who resides at Goodwood, Chichester on the South Coast of England, had a personal vision to see Chichester become Nationally and internationally known as a “City of The Arts” by 2020, so he founded the Chichester Art Trust, a not for profit arts charity which now administrates the annual National Open Art Competition and it’s subsequent annual National Open Art Exhibitions.

To some extent, his vision has been realized, by virtue of the immense number of Arts and Heritage facilities in the immediate area. These include; Chichester Festival Theatre; Pallant House Gallery; The Cass Sculpture Foundation; West Dean College; Chichester Cathedral; Goodwood House and Petworth House with their art treasures and major international events; Chichester University and Chichester College Arts Faculties; Fishbourne Roman Palace; The Oxmarket Gallery; The Chichester Art Trail and many others. Nearby Arundel also has an abundance of treasures and immense history.


On 1st January 2014 The Duke of Norfolk took on the role of President of National Open Art NOA.



His Grace The Duke of Richmond



His Grace The Duke of Norfolk



Ronnie Wood


Vice Presidents

Daniel Hodson

Michael Smith

Gavin Turk YBA



David Stileman (Chairman)

Neil Lawson Baker (Trustee Emeritus)

Melanie Beharrell

Viscountess Bridgeman

Gail Gower

Neil Harvey

Trevor James (Treasurer)

Kate Thorpe

Nigel Wainwright


Competition & Exhibitions Director

Amanda Kings


Creative Director

Kate Thorpe


Database and Techie

Anne Menzies


Marketing Director

Cloe Barrett


Social Media

Jane Allan


Press and Media

Hester Phillips of Cut Through PR


Website Design and Management

Mzuri Design of Liphook


If you would like to know more or would be willing to support us in any way, please contact Amanda Kings on 07986 697 693 or at [email protected]


London Wall Partners


The Foyle Foundation
The Arts Club
Cass Art
Russell Fairbrass
Artists' Collecting Society
Belmond Hotels
Welsh Award - Twr y Felin
World First
Chichester University


MS Amlin
Pallant House Gallery
Anthony Ward Thomas
Explore Learning
Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Galleries Magazine
Art Rooms


House of Fairy Tales
Chichester College
Be Smart About Art
British Journal of Photography
Unity Studios