Open Call for Artists: Visual Art Open Prize

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The competition is a celebration of artists working in one of more of the following categories: drawing, painting, photography, digital art and sculpture and young artists. There are some excellent prizes and finalists will be exhibited at Chester Arts Fair. The competition is an opportunity for both professional and amateur artists to expose their artwork to a wider audience and develop connections with those already working in the international art world.

The Competition

  • Artwork judged by panel of jurors appointed by VAO
  • 6 Categories: Painting / Mixed Media – Illustration / Drawing – Sculpture – Photography – Digital Art – Emerging Artist / Young Artist (Under 24)
  • Prizes: 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 2020 worth £1,000.
  • All shortlisted finalists will have their work exhibited at Chester Arts Fair 2019 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

This year, artists who apply on or before the 12th December will receive guaranteed coverage on our social media channels, email newsletter and feedback from the judging panel.

Key Dates

  • October – Applications Open Call
  • 12th December- Applications Close Phase 1
  • 31 March – Finalist Shortlist
  • 31 April – Finalist Jury Score
  • 31 May – Winners Announced
  • November 2019 – Visual Arts Open Exhibition at Arts Fair

How To Apply

Applications are now OPEN. To apply online, visit www.visualartopen.com Alternatively, for more information call 01244 893185 or email info@visualartopen.com Suite C, 2nd Floor. 9 Abbey Square Chester, CH1 2HU