National Open Art (NOA) is the UK’s leading independent art competition, open to amateur and professional artists in the UK and Ireland.


Since our first competition and exhibition in 1996, we’ve grown to offer multiple prizes that recognise talent and artistic excellence in a broad variety of artistic mediums and styles.


Each year, we offer an art sales platform to artists by way of an Annual Exhibition and pop up Exhibitions to help them to sell their works, The exhibitions are free to the public and accessable to all.


All events held by our charity, including the National Open Art Prize and Exhibitions are primarily to raise funds for the benefit of the charity to enable it to fulful its aims and objectives.


Our panel of judges changes annually and features some of the most experienced and influential figures in the art world, from Royal Academicians to critics, curators & professionals.


NOA now attracts more than 4,000 entries per year and we offer both shortlisted and winning artists exposure and income opportunities through our exhibitions and online art sales platform.


By working hard to expand the scale and scope of the competition, we aim to give all UK and Irish based artists a gateway to exhibit and promote their work, regardless of background, and encourage them to pursue a life in art.



Our Vision


To provide opportunities for artists to promote their work and encourage them to pursue a life in art.


Our Mission


Our purpose is both to discover and support aspiring artists regionally and nationally through a socially inclusive art prize providing artists and the public with open access to visual arts through education and exhibitions.


NOA offers personal development through initiatives and outreach programmes to encourage artists from an early age and to inspire those working against social challenges, isolation or exclusion.


Our Core Values


  • Open to all
  • High profile judges
  • Complete anonymity in judging to reduce exclusion
  • Judged on talent, not connections
  • Affordable competition entry fees for artists, students and young people, and children
  • Free admission to the annual National Open Art Exhibition
  • To be approachable and friendly


Our Aims and Objectives


To promote, maintain, improve and advance education for the public benefit, particularly by the promotion of education in the visual arts, the production of educational echibitions and literature, and the encouragement of the arts, including the arts of painting, drawing, sculpture, visual design or displays of any nature, music, signing, dance, ballet, mime and history of art, and to formulate, prepare and establish schemes therefore.



The History of National Open Art


In 1995, the late Duke of Richmond of Goodwood, West Sussex, had a personal vision to see Chichester become Nationally and Internationally known as a “City of The Arts” by 2020, so he founded the Chichester Art Trust, a not for profit arts charity which now administrates the annual National Open Art Prize and it’s subsequent annual National Open Art Exhibitions.



The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle took over the role of President from the late Duke of Richmond in 2014 and resigned in August 2018.