Visual Art Open 2019 Awards

£5000 prize fund


The VAO art 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 art buyers alike.

All artists both UK & International are invited to apply for the Visual Art Open Prize, to win cash prizes of £1,000, plus a solo exhibition, and mentoring package. The primary goal of the awards is to reveal and promote unknown artists who are yet to establish their profile in the contemporary art world. Finalists will also be invited to exhibit at Chester Arts Fair 2019.

There are five categories to apply to:- Painting / Mixed Media / Printmaking – Illustration / Drawing – Sculpture – Photography – Young Artist (Under 24).


£5000 prize fund - The overall winner of the VAO will be awarded:
- Cash prize of £1,000.00 to support the production of new works.
- Commercial mentoring package.
- Exclusive solo show.
- Exhibition space at Chester Art Fair


Artists must be 18+ OR authorized by your legal guardian.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

VAO respects your rights and does not claim copyright for works you submit to the contest. You will retain full copyright in each entry.

All entries will be used across publicity for the VAO including social media, and finalist entries will be displayed at the VAO finalist exhibition taking place in November 2019.