Welcome to the Visual Art Open Competition, a leading international platform for uncovering and nurturing creative talent.

With a Prize fund of over £5,000, the competition is an opportunity for emerging artists to expose their artwork to a potential Gallerists, Publishers and Buyers in the International art world.


The Competition

Artwork judged by panel of jurors appointed by VAO

5 Categories:

  • Painting / Mixed Media
  • Illustration / Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Young Artist (Under 24)


- Overall Winner

  • Cash prize of £1,000.00 to support the production of new works
  • Commercial mentoring package
  • Exclusive solo show decided in consultation with the winner
  • Individual artist stand at Chester Arts Fair 2018 worth £1,000.

- All shortlisted finalists will have their work exhibited at Chester Arts Fair 2017 where the winners will be announced

Individual Categories

  • A cash prize of £250.00 will be awarded to the winner of each category
  • Cost - £15.00 per submission. £10.00 for entrants under 25 years old
  • No age restrictions - all welcome to apply

Key dates:

  • 28 February - Applications Close
  • 31 March - Finalist Shortlist
  • 31 April - Finalist Jury Score
  • 31 May - Winners Announced
  • November 2017 - Visual Arts Open Exhibition at Arts Fair

How to apply:

Application are now OPEN. To apply online, visit
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