21st National Open Art Competition

The search continues for the best artistic talent of 2017


The deadline for entries for the 21st National Open Art Competition is fast approaching! Submit your artwork by Sunday 23rd July to be in with a chance of winning one of our fabulous prizes plus exhibition and career progression opportunities.


We're searching for the best British and Irish contemporary art, photography and moving image of 2017. This year's judging panel consists of Royal Academician Hughie O’Donoghue, artist Jane McAdam Freud, former NOA winner Kelvin Okafor, gallery director Cynthia Corbett, photographer Zelda Cheatle and filmmakers Elaine Pyke and Adam Saward. All artwork is judged strictly anonymously on talent, not connections and results in an exhibition of 100% of the open entries - not one 'invited' artist. By entering your work, you'll be in with a chance of winning part of a £60,000 prize fund and being showcased in prestigious exhibitions in London and beyond. Submit your work today, or read on for more information.


"NOA is a wonderful platform for artists, a truly open competition, offering the opportunity not only for artists to exhibit their work in first class venues but the chance of being recognised and the possibility of being selected for one of the many prizes. The competition itself gives a real ‘snapshot‘ of current practice in the UK and Ireland."  Hughie O’Donoghue RA - 2017 Chair Judge


Amateur, mid-career and professional artists aged 15+ can now submit work to the 2017 competition. NOA is 100% open to every one of the 64 million+ residents in the UK or Ireland, making the competition one of the most democratic operating today. This year’s finalists will be exhibited at the 21st National Open Art Exhibition at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf in November (17th - 26th) where the prizewinners will be announced. The 500 shortlisted entries from this year’s competition will be entered into the World Art Vote, as well as being offered for sale through NOA's website galleries and from the artists’ profile pages. The National Open Art Children's Competition is also accepting entries from all children up to the age of 14.



Images of the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf which will host the 21st NOA Exhibition


The deadline for entries is midnight on 23 July extended from 9 July 2017. The competition accepts up to four works per artist in each of the following categories; paintings, drawings, photography, original print, wall hung installations, digital art, and moving image. There is a £60,000 prize fund generously donated by sponsors, patrons, and individuals. The cost is £20 per adult entry, £12 for students and young people age 15-23, and £5 per child entry (up to three) to the children’s competition. National Open Art is a not for profit and we are proud that all proceeds directly contribute to funding some of the prizes and the exhibition itself, which is offered to the public with free admission.

Finalists will be announced in late September and the winners revealed at the Private View and Prize Giving at the 21st National Open Art Exhibition open from 17 - 26 November 2017.




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