The Visual Art Open competition 2021

The Visual Art Open competition is a not-for-profit event open to both amateur and professional artists based in the UK and internationally. The aim is to give artists the ultimate platform to develop their passion and career in the arts sector. Finalists will benefit from exhibiting, selling and showcasing their work to art critics and buyers alike.

The VAO art competition is currently running in its sixth consecutive year and is open to both amateur and professional artists.

There are five key categories for entrants to apply to: ​​

  • Painting & Mixed Media & Printmaking
  • Illustration & Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Photography / Digital Art 
  • Young Artist (16 - 24 years old)



Overall Winner Receives:

  • Cash prize
  • Certificate 
  • 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 
  • Certificate 
  • Finalists will be exhibited at Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair 

ALL SUBMISSIONS will receive promotion on social media and email coverage to 50,000, plus an invitation to the annual show.

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