21st National Open Art Exhibition 17 – 26 November 2017 Announced


A vast, untouched four-storey industrial building will host the 21st National Open Art Exhibition. Bargehouse is an exciting atmospheric space on London’s fast moving South Bank and Bankside areas and sister building to the iconic landmark, Oxo Tower which stands proud on the cultural path between the National Theatre and Tate Modern. This big blank canvas will be transformed into a contemporary gallery space to showcase a cross-section of the very best British and Irish contemporary art of 2017. Enter the 21st National Open Art Competition here or read on to learn more...




A programme of events will be taking place during the exhibition with collaborations between NOA Vice President Gavin Turk and Deborah Turk’s House of Fairy Tales along with Be Smart About Art, Explore Learning and more to be announced. Sign up to be the first to know our lastest news here.


Royal Academician Hughie O’Donoghue, artist Jane McAdam Freud, former NOA winner Kelvin Okafor, gallery director Cynthia Corbett, influential photographer Zelda Cheatle and filmmakers Elaine Pyke and Adam Saward are to judge the 21st National Open Art Competition. Read more about our judges here.

Professional and amateur artists aged 15 and over can now submit work to the main 2017 competition. Each entry is judged anonymously, making the competition one of the most democratic in the UK and Ireland operating today.

This year’s finalists will be exhibited at the 21st National Open Art Exhibition at Bargehouse Oxo Tower Wharf on Southbank in London this Autumn where the prizewinners will be announced. The 500 long-listed entries from this year’s competition will be anonymously published after the first round of judging for the World Art Vote where the public can view the works and have their say by voting for their favorite on the NOA website.

The 21st NOA Competition is open for entries from 1 March until midnight on 9 July 2017. Finalists will be announced in late September and the winners revealed at the Private View and Prize Giving this Autumn.


Enter the 21st National Open Art Competition here.


About OXO Tower Wharf & its History




Raw, atmospheric exhibition space at the heart of London’s South Bank.


Bargehouse is an exciting atmospheric space in London’s fast moving South Bank and Bankside areas. A vast, untouched four-storey building, in its raw state Bargehouse is a blank canvas with tremendous scope, often transformed by creatives for atmospheric exhibitions, immersive performance, and interactive events. Bargehouse also provides an unusual setting for press launches, fashion shows, staff motivation events, filming and photo shoots. Bargehouse has a range of different spaces each offering unique features and quirks; rooms can be used on their own or in combinations depending on event requirements. The venue is part of the Oxo Tower Wharf development owned and managed by social enterprise Coin Street Community Builders and surrounded by restaurants, cafés, bars and 30 innovative contemporary design shops.


Oxo Tower Wharf


Oxo Tower Wharf is an award-winning, landmark building situated on the riverside walkway part of London’s fast moving South Bank and Bankside areas. Oxo Tower Wharf is home to some of the UK’s most innovative and internationally renowned contemporary designers, restaurants, cafes, bars and exhibition venues [email protected] and Bargehouse.


The Oxo Tower has been a riverside landmark since the 1930s. During its industrial heyday, it was owned by the makers of the OXO brand and has had numerous and varied uses since. By the 1970s it had fallen into disrepair and was largely derelict.

In the 1990s Oxo Tower Wharf entered a new lease of life when Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB) began a major refurbishment project to transform the building into an award-winning mixed-use development of co-operative homes, retail design studios, specialist shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes, and bars.


The £20 million refurbishment was designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and funded by a mixture of bank loans and CSCB equity, Housing Corporation grant, and English Partnerships. Oxo Tower Wharf received The Royal Find Art Commission/BSkyB Building of the Year for Urban Regeneration Award in 1997.


Since opening to the public in 1996 Oxo Tower Wharf has attracted a wide range of visitors. The ground, first and second floors are home to over 30 retail design studios as well as specialist shops, restaurant spaces to let with breathtaking river views, and [email protected] and Bargehouse with its changing programme of exhibitions.


Previously . . .



National Open Art Pop-Up | Room 149 ARTROOMS | 20 - 23 January 2017


Gallery | Tickets | Directions

Meliá White House Albany Street Regent's Park London NW1 3UP


Award-winning artwork from National Open Art’s 2016 competition is to be exhibited at ARTROOMS in January.

Around 30 pieces, selected by NOA from 2016 shortlisted, selected and winning artists will be available to buy during ARTROOMS, London’s biggest independent art fair.

Visit the ARTROOMS Gallery here


For the third year running, ARTROOMS will be taking over 80 bedrooms at the 4-star deluxe hotel the Meliá White House during London Arts Fair. ARTROOMS has fast established itself as a place for buyers to scout art news and trends, making it the perfect place to showcase artists from the 2016 NOA competition.


Among the artists selected by NOA to appear at ARTROOMS is Juliet Robertson, winner of the 20th National Open Art Prize. Work by Lee Simmonds, winner of the 20th National Open Art Best Young Artist Prize and former BP Portrait Award artist, will also appear.


NOA 2016 artists have been selected by acclaimed Vogue picture editor and curator Robin Muir, Royal Academician David Remfry, the Tate’s Fiona Kingsman, art critic, curator and artist Lorenzo Belenguer and book illustrator Anna Koska.


Artist represented by National Open Art at ARTROOMS


Evi Antonio | Holly Bazett | Claire Cansick | Samantha Cary | Jessica Cooper| Kevin MA Cunningham

Annie McManus | Suzanne Moxhay | Marek Emczek Olszewski | Allison Conlon | Juliet Robertson | Jason Robinson

Sarah Sharpe | Naomi Sheed | Lee Simmonds | Michael Sofroniou | James Tarry | Frank To

Geoffrey Turner | Toby Ursell | Lilium Wilkinson-O’Dwyer | Sally Wilson


Don’t miss your chance to explore and buy works from our featured artists exhibiting in Room 149 represented by National Open Art.


To view the gallery of works and artists we're exhibiting at ARTROOMS please click here.




ARTROOMS opening times:


Saturday 21st January 12 pm – 7 pm

Sunday 22nd January 12 pm – 7 pm

Monday 23rd January 10 am – 1:30 pm




2016 Exhibitions . . .



20th National Open Art Winners' Exhibition | Pallant House Gallery Chichester

6 - 18 December 2016


"One of the most important galleries for British modern art in the country" - Adrian Tahourdin, Times Literary Supplement


As a grand finale, National Open Art will be taking the winners of the 20th National Open Art Competition to be hung in a two-week exhibition at the national critically acclaimed Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, where the competition was founded 20 years ago.


"The collection is a revelation." - Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times


Pallant House Gallery is home to one of the best collections of Modern British art in the UK, with works by Henry Moore, Walter Sickert, Ben Nicholson, Eduardo Paolozzi and Peter Blake.


The core of this ‘collection of collections' is Modern British art, but other artworks figure such at the Bow Porcelain of the Geoffrey Freeman Collection. Each group of works has been formed by different collectors and different impulses and lends its own character to the collection, making the experience of Pallant House Gallery engaging, insightful and unique.


What’s on at Pallant House Gallery while NOA Winners are exhibited? Find out here.


Photographs of the 20th National Open Art Exhibition at Mercers' Hall can be found on FaceBook here and the full story can be found below, under Past Exhibitions.










Pallant House Gallery | 9 North Pallant Chichester West Sussex PO19 1TJ


Opening Hours:


Tuesday-Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Thursday 10 am – 8 pm

Sunday/Bank Holidays 11 am – 5 pm

Mondays | Closed



Image: David Edmond | The Painter | Oil on board 38 x 43 cm | £950



20th National Open Art Exhibition | Mercers' Hall City of London

27 October - 4 November 2016


Amateur and self-taught artists were among the surprise winners of more than £50,000 worth of prizes in a triumphant climax to the 20th National Open Art (NOA) Competition. Opened by Lord Mervyn Davies on 27th October 2016, the exhibition at Mercers’ Hall showcased a cross-section of the finest contemporary British and Irish art from NOA competition prize winners and finalists. The exhibition was open to the public with free admission, funded by artists’ competition entry fees. NOA16 judge Robin Muir beautifully curated the 186 works within the stunning livery company building setting, following his successful curation of the National Portrait Gallery’s Vogue 100 earlier this year. Royal Academician David Remfry and Fiona Kingsman, Head of Tate Exchange, were also judges this year.


Juliet Robinson, a retired computer sales executive who began painting in her 40s, won the 20th National Open Art Prize for Going My Way? an abstract oil painting inspired by a young girl spotted from a London bus. Software writer Chris King, who has no formal training in photography, won the 20th National Open Art Photography Prize for Ellen and Susan – 76901, an image of his wife’s late grandparent's Texan living room.


Self-taught Bristol-based artist Tom Hughes received the 20th National Open Art Emerging Artist Prize for an intricate oil painting of his spare room-come-art-studio, Studio corner with smartphone. The 20th National Open Art Young Artist Prize went to 20-year-old Lee Simmonds. His self-portrait Maybe I’m Wasting My Young Years, inspired by the title of a London Grammar song, has just helped him secure a place at Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Art.


Other notable wins include commercial photographer Richard Weston’s intimate portrait of his drag artist son Sam, which was awarded the NOA Photography Runner-Up Prize, and Gini Wade’s, Home 2 – Regeneration, a lithograph print inspired by the artist’s travels in Syria and her memories of London bomb sites after the Blitz, which won the NOA Regional Welsh Award.


The winning artworks will be exhibited at Chichester's Pallant House Gallery in December from 6 - 18 December 2016.


Photographs of the exhibition and private views can be found on Facebook here.


The Livery Companies & The Mercers’ Company | Hosts of the 20th National Open Art Exhibition.


There are more than one hundred Livery companies in London. Each of them is a remarkable philanthropic fellowship. Ancient (eg Weavers) or modern (eg Water Conservators), they are all dedicated to serving others.


Whether firmly bound or loosely tied to a craft, trade or successor, every Company has in its own way made its charitable work manifest either by nurturing the skills of those actively involved.


The living out of this ethos through the ages has ensured that the Livery holds an honoured place in the life of the City, the nation and beyond.


The Mercers’ Company is one of the 110 Livery Companies of the City of London. The Company and its associated charitable trusts make substantial grants to support education, general welfare, church and faith and arts and heritage. A network of almshouses and other homes for the elderly are managed by the charitable trusts associated with the Company. The Company is closely involved with 17 schools across the country and supports them primarily through the appointment of governors. The Company funds its activities from income derived from its investments, mainly property in London’s West End and the City.




All exhibition and shortlisted works are available on the online Galleries.

Please contact us if you would like to purchase works from any of our artists.

Commissions welcome.



London Wall Partners


The Arts Club
Artists' Collecting Society
Chichester University
Cass Art
The Foyle Foundation
34 Merrion Hotel
Anthony Ward Thomas
Belmond Hotels
Welsh Award - Twr y Felin


MS Amlin
Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Galleries Magazine
Explore Learning
Pallant House Gallery
Mercers' Company
Art Rooms


British Journal of Photography
Chichester College
Be Smart About Art
Unity Studios
House of Fairy Tales