The National Open Art Competition will open for 2018 Registration and Entries on 1 April 2018.




Must live, or be professionally based, in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Eire).


To enter the main competition, you must be 15 years of age by 1 September 2018; to enter for the Children’s competition, must be 14 years of age or younger by 1 September 2018.


Adults may enter a maximum of 4 artworks, children may enter 3. Paintings; Drawings; Original Prints (excluding children); Photography; Digitally produced artworks, Wall Hung Installations, Collage and miniatures (excluding children) are all accepted.


Undertakes that the work is of his/her own origination and that he or she holds all moral and intellectual property rights in that work.


By signing the registration form, the entrant accepts that any artwork, if shortlisted for judging at Chichester on the 28 August 2018 and then subsequently for any exhibition(s), that the organisers will not be liable for any loss or damage to the said artwork, however caused, either in transit to and from the judging / exhibition, or during any period of storage, packing or unpacking, or in any period in which the work is in their keeping.


Is strongly advised to take out their own commercial insurance to cover the work in transit (two-ways) and during the selection/exhibition periods. The Chichester Art Trust and the National Open Art accept NO responsibility for damage to entrants' artworks in transit or during the time of the competition/exhibitions or while in storage.


Accepts that the work submitted will be available for sale (excluding Children) in the exhibition(s) and on the NOA website and online gallery for a designated period to be determined, and that The Chichester Art Trust will take a commission of 40%.


Accepts that if they are VAT registered, this additional VAT sum should also be included in the price of the work, stated by the artist on the Submission Form.


Upon registering and entering this competition entrants agree that NOA may reproduce their work (at no fee and not for resale) only in association with the competition & exhibitions (including press/publicity/website & catalogue and any other printed material, flyers, postcards and posters advertising the NOA exhibitions and future entries).


Any other art commission coming directly through the National Open Art Exhibition or The Chichester Art Trust carries a minimum commission of 10% payable to The Chichester Art Trust. Registered Charity No 1067096.


To be eligible to qualify for the young artist prize/s you must be between 15 and 23 years old on 1st September 2018. Young artists between 15 and 23 years have a special prize category but a young artist could also win any of the prizes on offer.


There are separate prizes for the Children’s competition.


Agrees to be placed on our mailing lists for our newsletters and any other information that we may send you, for the duration of the competition in the year of registration. Entrant's personal details will be kept confidential and not be passed to third parties.


Will be eligible to apply for a £5 online gift offer from Cass Art, details of how to apply will be shown on your confirmation letter or on your own Artists' Area on the website.


Please Note: As a Not for Profit Charity we do not offer any refunds for registrations or submissions due to the cost of running the competition.


A maximum of 4 (four), for children 3 (three), works may be entered into the competition. Only one image of each work must be submitted.

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All Images


The image submitted must be true to the artwork (try to avoid unnecessary background), although your work may be photographed professionally to help you submit a high-quality image. The artwork shown on the image(s) must be available, if shortlisted, for judging at Chichester on 28 August 2018 and for all the exhibition(s) see Key Dates under 'Competition Info'; dates and times will also be given on your letter advising that your work has been selected for the exhibition.


The image(s) and the completed submission form(s) must be submitted online. If you are unable to register or submit online we will accept images on a CD, clearly labelled with the completed registration and submission forms (available on request from Amanda Kings, on 07986 697 693) and payment sent to the address below. Please do not send any artwork to this address.



National Open Art Competition


Southbrook Road

West Ashling


West Sussex PO18 8DN


Full details about entering online, including digital image requirements, will be given in the confirmation of registration email that you receive once you have registered or click here for more information regarding digital images.


The image(s) and completed submission form(s) must be submitted online by the closing date of 8 July 2018. Entries received late will be invalid unless the competition is extended for any reason then entries received before the new extended date will be accepted.


All work must be new or recent (preferably in the last 3 years).


Paintings, drawings, original prints, photography, digitally produced artworks, mixed media, wall-hung constructions (of no more than 30cms in depth) and miniatures (excluding children) are accepted.


Sound Art and Moving Image is not accepted in this competition.


All work must be designed to hang on a wall.


Must be the original work of the artist named on the registration form.


Must ensure, if the submitted digital image of the entrant's work is shortlisted, that the original artwork is available for the selection process (2nd Round of Judging 28 August 2018) and, if selected, for the exhibition(s).


Must, if shortlisted for the 2nd round of judging, be the same work previously submitted as a digital image.


For the adult competition, must not exceed 153cms x 153cms (including the frame) and must not project more than 30cms from the wall.


For the Children's competition, must not exceed 50cms x 50cms (including the frame, if applicable) and must not project more than 30cms from the wall.


Work made up of more than one piece, such as a diptych or triptych, must also be no larger than the above measurements, in total, when displayed on the wall (including any frames).


The artist (excluding children) must state the sale price of the work on the submission form and this should include VAT (if he/she is VAT registered). This price will be listed in the catalogue and on our website.


Where applicable, all work must be for sale. It is strongly recommended that the work is strategically priced in accordance with market value and NOT artificially overpriced.  The spirit of the competition and the exhibition(s) is that all works are for sale at sensible prices so allowing the public to acquire and collect works of art.    Adult work that is not for sale cannot be entered into this competition. The maximum price for adults works is £20,000. Remember we receive 40% of the price if a work is sold.

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Works shortlisted for the second judging must be sent by the dates given in the diary under 'Competition Info'. This information will also be given to you in full in your letter advising that your work has been shortlisted; artwork submitted late will not be able to be judged.  An email will be sent confirming whether a work has been accepted or not at which time collection dates will be available for those works not selected, you will be also able to check your submission area on the website for these results.


Unselected works must be collected by the date in the confirmation email and or on our key dates on our website, the competition has no storage other than the works selected for the exhibition. NOTE failure to collect your work on time may result in your work being destroyed or sold to recoup any costs involved with storage.


Your work must be submitted in an Art Bag from ArtPakk (discounts are available for NOA artists) or something similar. If it is not and is wrapped in bubble wrap it may be returned unwrapped after the judging. If you have problems with this please contact Amanda Kings who is the competition and exhibition director on 07986 697 693.


If your work has been shortlisted it will be offered for sale on our website under ‘Galleries’, from the day of shortlisting (round 1 of judging) until further notice. Children’s works will be available online from the first day of the NOA18 Winter exhibition. If you prefer your work not to be shown in our online Gallery (shortlisted and exhibited works only) you will need to opt out.


Please Note: you are requested to let us know immediately by telephone 07986 697 693 or email [email protected] if your work becomes unavailable for sale in any Gallery so that we may update the website accordingly.


Work selected for the exhibition(s) must be available until the close of all the exhibition tours. Please note for selected works this could be the spring of the following year.


All unsold works must be collected by the date in the confirmation email and or on our key dates on our website, the competition has no storage facilities.

NOTE failure to collect your work on time may result in your work being destroyed or sold to recoup any costs involved with storage.


If you feel you have not been judged fairly after your acceptance of NOA's conditions of entry, please send us details of your complaint and we will review it within 14 days.

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