VAO 2021 - Artist Application Closing Soon
Artists applications closing midnight Tuesday 15th December - Join the 5th Visual Art Open Competition. Apply Now
All UK & International artists are invited to apply for the Visual Art Open Prize 2021. Presented by the Visual Artists Association, the prestigious VAO 2021 Prize is now celebrating its fifth edition and offers an £8,000 Prize Fund.
Categories for submissions are:
- Painting & Mixed Media &Printmaking
- Photography/ Digital Art
- Drawing &Illustration
- Drawing Young Artist (16-24 years old)
VAO2021 PRIZE FUND £8000:
Overall Winner Receives:
- Cash Prize to Support New Artworks
- Solo Show at Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair
- Annual Mentorship Programme
- International Online Global Art Exhibition of Finalists
- Free Career Development Talks
- 20% Discount with Cass Art
All Category Winners Receives:
- £250 cash prize
- Finalists will be exhibited at Chester Arts Fair 2021
ALL SUBMISSIONS will receive promotion on social media and email coverage to 50,000, plus an invitation to the annual show.
5 Reasons To Apply...
1. Art competitions are a really great way to announce your presence in the art world and enhance your resume. Applying to the VAO gives you the chance to showcase yourself and make connections with art enthusiasts, critics, and purchasers alike.
2. The Visual Art Open is a fun, constructive and professional environment in which to learn, to be inspired by other artists and build your own skills and self-confidence.
3. As each round of judging passes, your work will be promoted across our social media and website as well as the opportunity to be featured in the regional and national press, opening your work to a greater audience.
4. The VAO benefits from the support of cultural and corporate partners and sponsors who share our commitment to promoting the arts and arts events. These events engage not only the international art world, but also the community that host them.
5. As a finalist, your work will be included in our VAO brochures, a physical memento of the Chester Arts fair that every visitor will leave with.