VAO Art Prize 2021

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VAO Art Prize 2021

VAO Art Prize 2021 now is over!

VAO Art Prize 2021: The Visual Art Open, a not for profit event is currently running in the new edition of its competition and like every year invites both amateur and professional artists to submit they best works.

Short description

The Visual Art Open Prize is a not for profit event open to both amateur and professional artists worldwide. 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.

Applying to the VAO gives you the chance to showcase yourself and make connections with art enthusiasts, critics and purchasers alike. 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 regional and national press, opening your work to a greater audience.

Submission requirements:

Artists are only permitted to enter 5 artworks into the competition. It is permitted to send a maximum of 2 images per submission.

The painting must be a new or recent work, preferably created in the past 3 years.

Who may enter?

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 Overall Winner and All Category Winners Receives the cash prize and 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.

Entry fees:

Entry fee is 20 GBP for 1st submission (15 GBP for entrants under 24 years) and 10 GBP per additional artwork.

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