It is with sadness that we, the National Open Art trustees, must inform you that we have decided not to proceed with the planned call for entries scheduled to open on 30th September 2018, while we consider strategic and funding plans.


We expect to be able to advise you of hopefully exciting plans early in the New Year. Accordingly, both the 22nd National Open Competiton and the resulting Exhibition due to be held in the spring of 2019, will not take place.


David FM Stileman




Jarik Jongman is taking part in this year's 2018BEEP Painting Biennale in Wales

Swansea College of Art, Dynevor Campus, De-La Beche St, Swansea, SA1 3EU.

Open Weds – Sat 11am – 5pm

Launches Friday 3rd August, 6-8pm, closes 1st September


Launched in 2012, BEEP (biennial exhibition of painting) is a contemporary international painting prize.

Based in Swansea, Wales, it supports imaginative and vibrant practice in contemporary painting


For more information,



Image: Jarik Jongman - House



Degree or Not Degree? this is the question?





See this list of our remarkable future! You must go and see .......


Our small team at NOA find this time very exciting and very frustrating as we can't leave our screens to make it to all these shows zooming up and down the country. It's the "silly season" where you arrive at a show to see exciting, sometimes loopy, wild, weird but always wonderfully inspiring works.

Have we missed any? please let us know?


Young Artists:

Since degree show season is in full swing, we'd like to inspire students to keep the momentum going by giving a special offer of Enter One, Get One Free.


Will you be between 16 and 23 on 1 March 2019? Apply for an Early Bird Registration: National Open Art Prize - ENTER ONE GET ONE FREE - CLICK HERE to register your interest. Deadline for Early Bird applications 31 July 2018.


Don't forget, WE'RE OPEN TO ALL, not just 16 - 23's! There are thousands of pounds worth of prizes and oodles of recognition to be gained through the National Open Art Prize, so stay tuned for other one-off opportunities like this one.


For 36 Reasons To Enter, and other advice and tips on entering, look here and on our blogs and join us on Instagram here.


Central Saint Martins, UAL (May 23-June 24)
Newcastle University (June 2-16)
University of Leeds, Fine Art (June 6-23)
University for the Creative Arts, Farnham (June 7-15)
University of Salford (June 8-15)
Arts University Bournemouth (June 8-15)
Loughborough University (June 8-15)
University of Northampton (June 8-15)
University of Plymouth (June 8-15)
Belfast School of Art, Belfast (June 8-16)
Cambridge School of Art (June 8-16)
Goldsmiths, University of London (June 8-18)
Plymouth College of Art (June 8-21)
University for the Creative Arts, Rochester (June 8-22)
University of Gloucestershire (June 8-22)
University of Huddersfield (June 8-22)
Royal Academy of Arts (June 8-July 1)
Buckinghamshire New University (June 9-14)
Leeds Arts University (June 9-14)
Hereford College of Arts (June 9-16)
Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent (June 9-16)
Bath School of Art and Design (June 9-17)
Manchester School of Art (June 9-20)
Wolverhampton School of Art (June 9-20)
Sheffield Institute of Arts (June 9-22)
School of Art & Design, University of Bedfordshire (June 11-15)
Birmingham School of Art (June 11-17)
Weston College of Creative Arts (June 13-22)
University for the Creative Arts, Epsom (June 14-23)
Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL (June 14-23)
Free Range (June 14-July 16)
Brunel University (June 15-17)
University of Suffolk (June 15-21)
University of Central Lancashire (June 15-22)
University of Leeds, School of Design Degree Show (June 15-22)
Chelsea College of Arts, UAL (June 15-23)
Winchester School of Art (June 15-23)
De Montfort University (June 16-21)
University of Sunderland (June 16-22)
Camberwell College of Arts, UAL (June 16-23)
Gray’s School of Art (June 16-24)
University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury (June 16-29)
Ravensbourne College (June 20-22)
The Cass at London Metropolitan University (June 21-July 5)
Royal College of Art (June 23-July 1)
City & Guilds of London Art School (June 26-July 1)
Norwich University of the Arts (June 26-July 4)
New Designers (June 27-30 and July 4-7)
The Art Academy, London (July 6-8)
The D&AD New Blood Festival (July 12-14)
Shillington College (July 27)



Congratulations to NOA Artists exhibited at the 2018 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.


Michael Alan-Kidd; Emily Allchurch; Anastasia Belous; Neil Bousfield (*2); Samantha Cary; Jane Cattlin; Paul Furneaux; Stephen Gibbs; Emma Haworth; Barbara MacFarlane; Suzanne Moxhay; Shanti Panchal; Mandy Payne; Bobbie Russon; Melissa Scott-Miller; Almuth Tebbenhoff


These are works I spotted at the private view on Saturday 9 June. It was a bit crowded, so if I missed any (and I'm sure I did), please email me: [email protected]. Sorry we don't have room to show all the works.


From 12 June, you can browse the Summer Exhibition here.


The exhibition details:


12 June — 19 August 2018 - Daily 10am – 6pm; Friday 10am – 10pm


Main Galleries, The Sackler Wing of Galleries and The Ronald and Rita McAulay Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts


£18 (without donation £16). Concessions available. Under-16s go free with a fee-paying adult. Free for Friends of the RA with no booking required.


Book here




Georgie Mason has an exhibition of paintings and poetry inspired by India - "Ash + Sun"

At Somerton House, 30 Upper East Hayes, Bath BA1 6LP

16th – 22nd Jun

16th – 21st, 10 – 6pm (later by appointment), 22nd, 10 – 9pm


The body of work will consist of around 30 paintings inspired by her recent travels in India. Prices range from £150 - £3000

For more info email:
[email protected]
[email protected]


Image: Sunseek – mixed media on canvas – 122 x 152 cm





Just Putting It Out There

Andrew McIntoshMorwenna Morrison1 Jun 2018 to 23 Jun 2018


1-23 June 2018, James Freeman Gallery, 354 upper St, London N1 0PD





Paul Wadsworth has a solo show in London, Chelsea "Songs of the Sea" 5th June to 14th June


Cricket Fine Art, 2 Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10 0AD


Image: The Depth of Blue - Oil on Canvas - £2,350.


NOA Going to the Zoo Zoo Zoo!


This May, Betty Durrant (11 yrs) and her classmates will be taking the wildest art class of their lives!
Winner of the 2017 National Open Art Chessington World of Adventures Award, Betty, and her classmates, will be immersed in an art-led educational adventure at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, in collaboration with art-K. In our shared vision to raise awareness the benefits the Arts and learning outside the classroom contributes to children's education, we have curated a workshop in which pupils will discover a variety of new artistic techniques and develop their skills to creatively capture all they encounter and depict their adventure.



Carolyn Gowdy is exhibiting photographs in Photo London 2018

with England & Co. (at Stand B2).


The exhibition runs from May 17 - 20, Somerset House, London WC2

For further enquiries contact:  [email protected]


Image: Untitled (Slumber) 1977

© Carolyn Gowdy


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.


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


Galleries Magazine
Anthony Ward Thomas
Chessington World of Adventures Resort


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