We founded the National Open Art Children’s Competition to nurture and encourage children and young people of all ages and capabilities to engage in the arts. Children are a hugely important part of National Open Art and we’re passionate about celebrating their talent, enthusiasm, and potential.  We care about the benefits creativity can have for children’s development and well-being and, ultimately, we want to help inspire the next generation of artists and creatives.


We actively engage thousands of schools around the UK and Ireland every year and welcome all children and young people from 0-14 years old to engage, look, learn, draw, paint, create and make, and share their creations with us. Click here to enter the competition or read on for more information about prizes and the competition process.


"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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This year, with new friends, partnerships, interest in the competition and gut determination, we have worked hard to expand the opportunities we have to offer to children, their families, and schools.


We will be taking the top 6* children's artworks to be hung in the 22nd National Open Art Exhibition, where the Children’s Award Ceremony will take place and NOA & guests will award the top prizes in conjunction with the bursaries for school’s art departments.


*The top ten children's artworks include; the three winners, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and three highly commended pieces.


Please note: In the event of a home-schooled child winning, the money will be awarded to a local school or children's art therapy charity of your choice.


The 2nd National Open Art Children's Exhibition


Last year, NOA host the first ever National Open Art Children’s Exhibition. A big group exhibition of the top 100 children’s artworks were exhibited at the Oxmarket Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex, this December 2017; at the same time the finalists of the 21st National Open Art Competition will be exhibited in the Winners' Exhibition at the internationally critically acclaimed Pallant House Gallery, also in Chichester.


We have big plans for the Children's Competition for 2018, so stay tuned and subscribe for updates to be the first to know.


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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!



Pupils of the winning class will discover a variety of new artistic techniques and develop their skills as they make their way around the Zoo, SEA LIFE centre and Theme Park, using their newly acquired artistic techniques to creatively capture all they encounter and depict their adventure.


Chessington World of Adventures Resort has been awarded a quality badge by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom for the past three years. With over 1,000 animals in the Zoo and SEA LIFE centre, 10 themed lands and more than 40 rides and attractions, there's a world of educational adventures waiting to be explored.


The Resort offers a programme of interactive workshops and events for pupils in Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 5. These cover a variety of strands from the National Curriculum within science, maths, technology, literacy, and business. Whether they are learning about the forces at work on roller coasters, the different ways that Maths is used around a Theme Park or discovering how our new Asiatic lion cubs adapt to their environment. Every workshop mixes education and fun to bring learning to life.


Through the NOA Children’s Competition, both Chessington and National Open Art aim to ensure pupils have an unforgettable cross-curricular adventure. After all, there's nothing like a sense of wild adventure to enthuse and inspire children of any age!



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


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Anthony Ward Thomas
Chessington World of Adventures Resort


Chichester College
Be Smart About Art
House of Fairy Tales
Pallant House Gallery