Visual Art Open Competition

FINAL CALL –  Artists opportunity for the annual Visual Arts Open Prize 2020, submissions closing soon. Now in its 4th year,  VAO art awards are a not for profit event, open to emerging artists based in the UK and Internationally. Artists can apply at

  • Art Prize Fund value of £6,000
  • 6 categories: –  Painting /Mixed Media /Printmaking – Illustration /Drawing – Sculpture – Photography/Digital Art- Young Artist (16-24 years old) – Children’s Award (15 years and under)
  • All finalists invited to exhibit at the UK’s largest artist art fair in November 2020 plus receive a annual membership to the Visual Artists Association
  • Cash Prizes £2,750. Overall winner of the VAO will be awarded: Annual Mentorship Package, Cash prize of £1,000 to support the production of new works, plus solo show at Chester Art Fair 2021. £250.00 will be awarded for category winners.
  • ALL SUBMISSIONS will receive promotion on social media and email coverage to 50,000, plus an invitation to the annual show
  • No age restrictions – all welcome to apply