The 2018/19 NOA Prize has been postponed until further notice.



National Open Art for Children aims to pave the way for the next masters, disrupters, and trailblazers of the art world.


Hundreds of schools, parents, and children around the UK and Ireland actively engage with NOA and enter the children’s art prize which culminates in a professional art exhibition in central London.


Finalists of all ages and capabilities experience life as an artist and are ultimately inspired to pursue a life in art.


Top prizes include the latest Go-Pro and art materials as well as thousands of pounds worth of bursaries for schools art departments.


All children aged 0–15 can enter the art prize and each entrant is acknowledged with a certification and showcased online in the NOA Galleries.


"Children are often very creative by nature and there are some incredibly talented young artists out there. Anything that encourages and develops this talent is something to be celebrated, and NOA's competition provides one of the very best opportunities around."

Chris Riddell - Children's Judge






The competition is open for entries from 30 September 2018 – 6 January 2019. It costs £5 per entry and children and young people up to the age of 15 can enter up to three works. There is also a ‘ten children’s entries for £10’ offer for schools - please email Anne, here, for details.


Judging will take place in January where our Children’s Judge will select the winning works. Everybody will be notified by email of the results, and the winners and top 100 children’s works will be requested to be delivered to Chichester College Brinsbury Campus, Pulborough, West Sussex between the 20 & 23 February. Instructions for sending the selected works will be included in the results email.


Prizes & Awards sponsored by The Foyle Foundation


National Open Art Children’s 1st Prize                                 iPad Air

Schools’ Art Department Bursary                                              £2,000


National Open Art Children’s 2nd Prize A GoPro

Schools’ Art Department Bursary                                              £1,000


National Open Art Children’s 3rd Prize                                 £250 Art Materials Vouchers

Schools’ Art Department Bursary                                              £500



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1st National Open Art Children's Exhibition 2017


National Open Art, the UK’s leading independent art prize, presented a full-scale Children’s Exhibition in Chichester for the first time in the organisation’s history.


Selected by the award-winning children’s books illustrator Marta Altés and the Directors of National Open Art, the exhibition of 152 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and wall-hung installations by artists aged 14 and under, was held at the Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester in December 2017 (5-16 December) with free admission.


NOA Partner Chessington World of Adventures Resort


A message from our partners Chessington World of Adventures


This summer Chessington World of Adventures Resort is really excited to be working with the National Open Art Children's Competition to bring art and the importance of learning outside of the classroom together. Through the NOA children’s competition, one lucky class will win one of the wildest art lessons of their lives at Chessington!




All events held by our charity, including the National Open Art Prize and Exhibitions, are primarily to raise funds for the benefit of the charity to enable it to fulfil its aims and objectives.


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World First
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Cass Art
Artists' Collecting Society
Domaine des Jeanne


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Anthony Ward Thomas
Chessington World of Adventures Resort


Chichester College
Be Smart About Art
House of Fairy Tales
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