HOW TO ENTER - 16 AND OVER
The 2018/19 NOA Prize has been postponed until further notice.
See previous National Open Art shortlisted and winning artwork in our Gallery.
HOW TO ENTER
Who can enter?
You must live, or be professionally based, in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Éire).
To enter the main exhibition, you must be 16 years of age as of 1 March after the opening of the competition.
How do I enter?
IF YOU ARE A NEW ENTRANT AND HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY ENTERED
After clicking on “Enter” you will be asked to enter your date of birth. This will then take you to the registration form.
IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY ENTERED
Login using your Username and Password from your previous entry. If you have forgotten either of them, press the 'click here' button on the registration page. This will generate an email reminder.
In either case, you can submit your image(s) now or at a later date if necessary, up to the close of registration.
How much does it cost?
Registration for the prize costs £25, which includes your first submission. You may enter one more submission at a cost of £25.
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 fulfill its aims and objectives.
What are the deadlines?
Registration for NOA18/19 has been postponed until further notice.
What's new for 2018?
Sorry, we no longer accept Moving Image entries.
Occasionally NOA issues Promotional Codes, for either Registrations or Submissions, for a variation of the usual price. Typically, these can be used only once.
NOTE: When using a promotional code for a submission, no error is issued, e.g. for an already used or an invalid code, until after you have uploaded your images, so please take care when using a code.
What can I enter?
We accept the following mediums:
• Miniature Drawings, Paintings or Wall Hung Installations
• Original Prints
• Wall Hung Installations
• Digital art
We do not accept reproduction prints (e.g. photographic prints of paintings).
What are the size limitations?
Max size of Artwork: Width : 153cm x Height : 153cm x Depth : 30cm including the frame.
Miniatures, please click here for details.
What information is required for the work?
NOTE: Once you have registered or submitted, if you have made a mistake you cannot make any changes to the details. Please contact us via the Contact Us page if you need changes made, giving the details.
BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR WORK
Make sure you have the following ready:
• Credit/Debit card ready to pay £25 additional submissions. Your initial £25 registration fee entitles you to upload 1 image. Additional images £25 each (Max 2 = £50).
• Artists statement of MAX 30 words for each work. Please note that the statement must be about the work and should not include any personal details. If the work is based on someone else's image, you must state that in the statement and have confirmed their agreement (see Conditions of Entry)
For All Images
• Digital photographic images of your work resized - 250KB - 2MB. For more details about the images, click here.
• Medium, e.g. Oil, Lino Cut Print, Photograph, etc. – PLEASE do not just put “Print”
• Type of work, e.g. Painting, Drawing, etc, selected from a drop-down list
• Measurement in centimetres (with frame if applicable)
• Price - mandatory: a sensible affordable market price please; do not overprice your work as this is not in the spirit of the competition
• Maximum price for the exhibition is £20,000
• ONLY Original prints, Photographs or Wall Hung Installations may be "editions". On the submission page enter the number of works in the edition available. If there are unframed works in the edition, please enter the number of those and the price.
Optional: Current 'Art' CV. If previously registered please update CV if necessary. Ideally, CVs should be converted to PDF before uploading. If you have problems with this, please use the Contact Us page and we will advise. As CVs may be published on line, please omit any personal details.
If your work is shortlisted or exhibited and displayed in our gallery, your CV will also be available for viewing, should a user wish to look.
If your work is included in our exhibition(s), your CV will be printed for viewing at the exhibition(s).
I’m having problems registering, who do I contact?
For all enquiries please use the Contact Us page.
For any technical problems, please use Contact Us page giving details of the problem and we wil advise.
I have a problem with the photo of my work – who do I contact?
Problems Sizing or cropping
If your image file size is larger than 2Mb, and you are having difficulties reducing it, please use the Contact Us page. we will advise you on where to send it making sure that it is sent at “actual size”. Some email providers, and some photograph “manager”s, e.g. Picassa, iPhoto/Photos, etc., automatically reduce attachment sizes. If it is too big to email, please use teh Contact Us page so we can set up a temporary DropBox link for you.
If your image needs cropping or straightening up, use the Contact Us page and we will advise you.
Please note, that file sizes that are smaller than the minimum of 250Kb, cannot be made larger without loss of quality and colour correction cannot be made.
If you experience other problems, you might consider trying a different Browser, e.g. Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
If you still have problems, please send the details of what is happening via the Contact Us page including details the type of Browser you are using, e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox. If you can provide a screen shot of the error we will advise you of where to send it.
How is the judging done?
The first round of judging is done digitally, projecting your images up to 10ft square, in front of the judges. Because of this large projection, it is important that your images are as good as you can make them and a reasonable file size. Approximately 100 works are selected for the second round of judging.
If your work is selected in this round, you will be required to send your work to the judging venue, details. Approximately 25 works are selected for the exhibition.
It is worth noting that the judging in both rounds is done completely anonymously. Your name, age, gender, and background e.g. education, is strictly not available to the judges so you can be sure that your work is being judged on talent alone. The only information the judges have available to them is the title, size, medium, type and artists' statement.
How do I send my work for the second round of judging?
If shortlisted for the second round of judging, you may deliver the work yourself, use one of our recommended couriers or make other arrangements. Details of the couriers are here.
You are required to send your work to us in an Art Bag from ArtPakk or something similar please.
Traditional wrapping methods give poor protection and are extremely time-consuming, not only for you but also for NOA. We have 100 pieces of Art delivered which need careful unwrapping and then wrapping up again - some will repeat this cycle 5 times on a NOA Tour.
Also, think of the environment! Several clumsy materials are required (bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard, paper, tape and string) which cannot be reused.
All work shortlisted for the second stage must be sent in its final form, e.g. framed, mounted, etc.
PLEASE NOTE: All works submitted in bubble wrap or unsuitable wrapping will be returned after the judging unwrapped as we have no wrapping service.
All work is submitted at your own risk; it is, therefore, advisable that artists insure their work.
• Paintings or drawings (no prints, photography or digital work allowed) inclusive of frame should be no more than 11.5cm x 15cm for Rectangles and Ovals, 11.5cm x 11.5cm for Square or 11cm in diameter for Circles
• Surface area should be no more than 100cm squared
• Wall Hung Installations should fit inside a cube of 20cm x 20 cm x 20cm including the base and must be wall hung – if selected a shelf or some method of hanging must be provided.
• If a Portrait the measurement from chin to the top of the head must be no more than 5cm
• Single objects in either the painting or drawing must not be any larger than 5cm
• The work must stand up to close inspection, but at the same time hold its own when viewed from afar.
The important “small print”
ALL WORKS SUBMITTED MUST BE
• For Sale at a sensible and affordable market price in the spirit of the prize and its exhibitions. NOA’s commission is 40% of the price if a work is sold. This commission forms part of the charity’s fundraising activities which directly contribute to running the Art Prize and offering Exhibitions that are free to the public and accessible to all.
• Available for use by NATIONAL OPEN ART for advertising and online postings for up to two years from the close of entry date.
• Available for all the exhibitions as advertised relating to the year of entry even if they take place in the following year.
• Must be collected from NOA after the Stage 2 judging or the exhibition(s) by the deadlines published on the Key Dates. Works not collected by those dates will be disposed of.
• Click here for more details of conditions of entry.
Page updated 25 February 2019