21st National Open Art Competition 2017 Judging now finished.


Key Dates


The first round of judging for the 15 years+ competition will be held in London at the Royal Academy of Arts, on Monday 31 July 2017 and you will be notified of the result the next day or, you can log in to your account check.


If your entry is one of the 500 works selected for the second round of judging, we will invite you to submit your work to Chichester University’s Brinsbury Campus, in Pulborough, West Sussex, between 23 and 26 August 2017. All details will be included in a 'shortlisted'  email.


The Judges will be travelling down to West Sussex to view your work on Tuesday 29 August to make their final selection for the 21st National Open Art Exhibition. You will be emailed the following day on 30 August with the result or, you can log in to your account check.


Those works selected for the Exhibition will remain in our care. Entrants shortlisted for a prize will be informed, but the Winner and the Prize Winners' names will be embargoed until announced at the NOA17 Private Views.


Moving Image


All the Moving Image - Short Film presentations submitted will be judged in August and the results notified by email on 31 August. There will be a £1000 award for the winning work.



The Judging Process of the National Open Art Competitions


The democratic nature of our competition is what we are most proud of. Why? Because it’s fair. And that’s what we believe in here at NOA.


So, what do we mean by judged anonymously? When we greet our judges at the venue for round one, we will invite them to sit together in front of a big screen on which each submission is projected. The only information they are given is the high resolution submission image (which can be magnified), the title of the piece, the dimension, the scale (demonstrated using a small stick figurine to the bottom left hand side of the screen), the medium, and the artists’ statement for context (in case they wish to learn more about the context of the piece). In the second round, they see only the work in the flesh – no title or statement, unless they specifically ask for them.


They do not know who the artists are, whether you are male or female, how old you are, where in the UK or Ireland you come from or live, your background, your education or your training, if any. We do not brief the judges and we do not dictate any percentage or quota for each category (e.g. painting, photography, drawing or young artists’ work). The only condition we ask of our judges is that if they recognise an artist they know or are familiar with, that they make their position known and withdraw from the selection process of that piece, leaving the decision to the remaining panel.


It is a totally organic process harnessed strictly by our judging panel alone. The NOA team are strictly prohibited from commenting on any of the decision process in both rounds and during the prize selection. It is only at the absolute end of the process when the judges are assessing their final selection (which are displayed in the exhibition) that the name of the artist is revealed and thus their gender – always a very exciting moment!



Why does NOA need so much information up front if it claims to be judged anonymously?


When you register with NOA, it seems like there is an awful lot of information needed. But we want you to know that this is only for the team so we can administer the competition efficiently. For example, we have recently partnered with the British Journal of Photography, who wanted to see the selected and winning photographers from the past three years, along with their CVs, websites and social media handles, in case they wanted to feature anyone on their website. We also need comprehensive information so if you are shortlisted and/or selected, we can create your NOA profile on our website instantly, as well as the exhibition catalogue and programmes. We also provide a booklet of artists’ CVs at the exhibition and have them to hand if one of our NOA Private Collectors requests more information for example.



NOA 17 World Art Vote sponsored by MS Amlin

On 2 August we will publish the shortlist of 500 works onto our website in a special gallery to then invite the world to have their say.


For the 3rd year running, we are inviting you to choose your favourite shortlisted work with an online vote. The work with the most votes will be shown in the exhibition.


The World Art Vote will close on the 28 August 2017.


If you become one of the 500 shortlisted artists, start telling the world to vote for you!



National Open Art Children's Competition


There will be only one round judging for the Children’s Art Competition, which will be digital and held in August 2017 and the results will be notified by email the next day in time for the work to be delivered to Pulborough, West Sussex between the 23 & 26 August. Instructions for sending the selected works will be included in the results email.


NOA will be awarding a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize to the successful children and each winning child's school will receive a bursary of £2000, £1000 and £500 for their respective art department.


All Moving Image submissions from both the adult and children's competitions will be judged together by the Moving Image Judges and the results notified by email on the 31 August.


The Children's works selected for the exhibition will be displayed as part of the overall NOA Exhibition.



Wishing you all the best of luck…


The NOA Team


London Wall Partners


The Foyle Foundation
The Arts Club
Cass Art
Russell Fairbrass
Artists' Collecting Society
Belmond Hotels
Welsh Award - Twr y Felin
World First
Chichester University


MS Amlin
Pallant House Gallery
Anthony Ward Thomas
Explore Learning
Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Galleries Magazine
Art Rooms


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