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Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Deadline: February 28, 2017

With a Prize fund of over £5,000, the Visual Art Open 2017 competition is an opportunity for emerging artists to expose their artwork to a potential Gallerists, Publishers and Buyers in the International art world.

Artwork judged by panel of jurors appointed by VAO. There are five categories: painting / mixed media; illustration / drawing; sculpture, photography and Young Artist (Under 24).

The overall winner will receive a cash prize of £1,000.00 to support the production of new works as well as a commercial mentoring package. An exclusive solo show will be decided in consultation with the winner as well as an 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.

A cash prize of £250 will be awarded to the winner of each category.

Cost £15 per submission. £10 for entrants under 25 years old. There are no age restrictions – all are welcome to apply.

Applications close on February 28. The Finalist Shortlist will be announced on March 31 with the Finalist Jury Score being released on April 31. Winners will be announced on May 31. The Visual Arts Open Exhibition at Arts Fair takes place in November 2017.02.21

Apply online through Alternatively email