Visual Art Open 2021: Applications Open!

We are delighted to announce that Visual Art Open 2021 applications are now open. 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 &P rintmaking
- Photography/ Digital Art
- Drawing & Illustration 
- Sculpture
- 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.

The VAO appoints members from the contemporary art world to join the expert judging panel. Take a look at this years judging panel.

Apply For The Visual Art Open 2021 Competition

Take a look at this years VAO20 Finalists

Key Dates/Deadlines:

1st October 2020 - Applications Open 

15th December 2020 - Phase One Applications Close 

Artists are only permitted to enter 5 artworks into the competition at a cost of £20 for 1st submission and £10 per additional artwork, totalling a maximum of £60. Young Artists under the age of 24 pay £15 for 1st submission and £10 per additional artwork, totalling a maximum of £55 for 5 artworks entered.  

Application Pricing Structure:

1 Artwork     =  £20 / £15*

2 Artworks   =  £30 / £25*

3 Artworks   =  £40 / £35*

4 Artworks   =  £50 / £45*

5 Artworks   =  £60 / £55*                                                            *Price for young artist under 24 years old

If you do not receive a confirmation email within 7 working days of applying please contact

 Please check your junk/spam folders.

Good Luck.

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