21st National Open Art Exhibition

Bargehouse Oxo Tower Wharf Southbank London | 17 – 26 November 2017


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.


National Open Art at Bargehouse



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 latest news here.

Professional and amateur artists aged 15 and over have submitted work to the main 2017 competition and each entry judged anonymously, making the competition one of the most democratic in the UK and Ireland operating today, resulting in an exhibition of 100% of the open entries, so no 'invited' artists.

This year’s finalists will be exhibited in the 21st National Open Art Exhibition at Bargehouse Oxo Tower Wharf on Southbank in London this Autumn where the prizewinners will be announced. Stay tuned for announcements surrounding the event highlights coming soon. Subscribe for updates 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.


Click here for directions and a map.


21st National Open Art Winners' Exhibition

Pallant House Gallery Chichester | 6 - 17 December 2017


As a grand finale, National Open Art will be taking the winners of the 21st 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.


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


"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 last year's the 20th National Open Art Exhibition at Pallant House Gallery and Mercers' Hall can be found on FaceBook here.


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


The Inauguration of the National Open Art Children's Exhibitions


1st National Open Art Childrens' Exhibition | 5 - 17 December 2017


National Open Art will be holding the first ever National Open Art Children's Exhibition at Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester this December. Approximately 150 works entered by children and young people up to the age of 14 will be exhited in a special children's exhibition in Chichester where National Open Art was founded in 1996.


We founded the National Open Art Children’s Competition to nurture and encourage children and young people of all ages and capabilities to engage in the arts. Children are a hugely important part of National Open Art and we’re passionate about celebrating their talent, enthusiasm, and potential.  We care about the benefits creativity can have for children’s development and well-being and, ultimately, we want to help inspire the next generation of artists and creatives, so this is a very special exhibition for us and we look forward to inviting you to see some of the brightest children and young people's works from across the UK and Ireland, all under one roof!


Oxmarket Gallery
St. Andrew’s Court off East Street
West Sussex
PO19 1YH


Open Tue – Sun 10am to 4:30pm
Free admission



Previously . . .




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

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


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



All previous 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.



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The Arts Club
Artists' Collecting Society
Chichester University
Cass Art
The Foyle Foundation
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