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





Must live, or be professionally based, in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Eire).


To enter the main exhibition, you must be 16 years of age by 1 March after the opening date.


Adults may enter a maximum of 2 artworks. Paintings; Drawings; Original Prints; Photography; Digitally produced artworks, Wall Hung Installations, Collage and miniatures are all accepted.


You warrant that

  • You are the sole owner of all Intellectual Property Rights in the work that you are submitting
  • That the work has not been copied in whole or in part from another person's work
  • That you know of nothing that would prevent you from submitting that work for NOA

By signing the registration form, the entrant accepts that any artwork, if shortlisted for judging and then subsequently for any exhibition(s), that the organisers will not be liable for any loss or damage to the said artwork, however caused, either in transit to and from the judging / exhibition, or during any period of storage, packing or unpacking, or in any period in which the work is in their keeping.


Is strongly advised to take out their own commercial insurance to cover the work in transit (two-ways) and during the selection/exhibition periods. National Open Art accepts NO responsibility for damage to entrants' artworks in transit or during the time of the judging/exhibitions or while in storage.


Accepts that the work submitted will be available for sale in the exhibition(s) and on the NOA website and online gallery for a designated period to be determined, and that national Open Art will take a commission of 40%.


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


Accepts that if they are VAT registered, this additional VAT sum should also be included in the price of the work, stated by the artist on the Submission Form.


Upon registering and entering this prize entrants agree that NOA may reproduce their work (at no fee and not for resale) only in association with the prize & exhibitions (including press/publicity/website & catalogue and any other printed material, flyers, postcards and posters advertising the NOA exhibitions and future entries). In order that we may promote the Chairity, and your work, in the way we feel most appropriate, you waive all moral rights in the work you have submitted during the time of the prize and Exhibition.  Regarless of the previous sentence, we will, where reasonably practical to do so, credit your work when reproducing it.


Agrees to be placed on our mailing lists for our newsletters and any other information that we may send you, for the duration of the prize in the year of registration. Entrant's personal details will be kept confidential and not be passed to third parties.


Please Note: As a Not for Profit Charity we do not offer any refunds for registrations or submissions due to the cost of running the prize.


A maximum of 2 (two) works may be entered into the exhibition. Only one image of each work must be submitted.

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All Images


The image submitted must be true to the artwork (try to avoid unnecessary background), although your work may be photographed professionally to help you submit a high-quality image. The artwork shown on the image(s) must be available, if shortlisted, for judging and for all the exhibition(s) see Key Dates under 'Competition Info'; dates and times will also be given on your letter advising that your work has been selected for the exhibition.


The image(s) and the completed submission form(s) must be submitted online.


Full details about entering online, including digital image requirements, will be given in the confirmation of registration email that you receive once you have registered or click here for more information regarding digital images.


The image(s) and completed submission form(s) must be submitted online by the closing date. Entries received late will be invalid unless the prize is extended for any reason then entries received before the new extended date will be accepted.


All work must be new or recent (preferably in the last 3 years).


Paintings, drawings, original prints, photography, digitally produced artworks, mixed media, wall-hung constructions (of no more than 30cms in depth) and miniatures are accepted.


Sound Art and Moving Image is not accepted in this prize.


All work must be designed to hang on a wall.


Must be the original work of the artist named on the registration form.


Must ensure, if the submitted digital image of the entrant's work is shortlisted, that the original artwork is available for the selection process (2nd Round of Judging) and, if selected, for the exhibition(s).


Must, if shortlisted for the 2nd round of judging, be the same work previously submitted as a digital image.


All work must not exceed 153cms x 153cms (including the frame) and must not project more than 30cms from the wall.


Work made up of more than one piece, such as a diptych or triptych, must also be no larger than the above measurements, in total, when displayed on the wall (including any frames).


The artist must state the sale price of the work on the submission form and this should include VAT (if he/she is VAT registered). This price will be listed in the catalogue and on our website.


Where applicable, all work must be for sale. It is strongly recommended that the work is strategically priced in accordance with market value and NOT artificially overpriced.  The spirit of the prize and the exhibition(s) is that all works are for sale at sensible prices so allowing the public to acquire and collect works of art. Work that is not for sale cannot be entered into this exhibition. The maximum price for works is £20,000. Remember we receive 40% of the price if a work is sold.

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Works shortlisted for the second judging must be sent by the dates given in the diary under 'Competition Info'. This information will also be given to you in full in your letter advising that your work has been shortlisted; artwork submitted late will not be able to be judged.  An email will be sent confirming whether a work has been accepted or not at which time collection dates will be available for those works not selected, you will be also able to check your submission area on the website for these results.


Unselected works must be collected by the date in the confirmation email and or on our key dates on our website, the prize has no storage other than the works selected for the exhibition. NOTE failure to collect your work on time may result in your work being destroyed or sold to recoup any costs involved with storage.


Your work must be submitted in an Art Bag from ArtPakk or something similar. If it is not and is wrapped in bubble wrap it may be returned unwrapped after the judging.


If your work has been shortlisted it will be offered for sale on our website under ‘Galleries’, from the day of shortlisting (round 1 of judging) until further notice. If you prefer your work not to be shown in our online Gallery (shortlisted and exhibited works only) you will need to opt out.


Please Note: you are requested to let us know immediately if your work becomes unavailable for sale in any Gallery so that we may update the website accordingly.


Work selected for the exhibition(s) must be available until the close of all the exhibition tours.


All unsold works must be collected by the date in the confirmation email and or on our key dates on our website, the organisation has no storage facilities.

NOTE failure to collect your work on time may result in your work being destroyed or sold to recoup any costs involved with storage.


If you feel you have not been judged fairly after your acceptance of NOA's conditions of entry, please send us details of your complaint and we will review it within 14 days.

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Page updated 25 February 2019