Arts Derbyshire


Phase One applications close in less than 7 days!

We are delighted to announce that Visual Art Open 2023 applications are now open. All UK & International artists are invited to apply for the Visual Art Open Awards 2023. Presented by the Visual Artists Association.

Categories for submissions are:

  • Painting & Mixed Media &Printmaking
  • Photography/ Digital Art
  • Drawing &Illustration
  • Sculpture
  • Drawing Young Artist (16-24 years old)

VAO22 PRIZE FUND £10,000:

Overall Winner Receives:
  • £2,000 Cash Prize
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Premium Annual Membership with the Visual Artists Association
  • Annual Mentorship Programme
  • Momentum Programme
  • Solo Show/Art Exhibition in London

All Category Winners Receives:

  • £250 Cash Prize
  • Premium Annual Membership with the Visual Artists Association
  • Art Exhibition of Finalists in London
  • Additional Online Promotion
  • Certificate of Achievement
All Finalists will be awarded:​
  • Additional Online Promotion
  • Certificate of Achievement​

ALL SUBMISSIONS will receive promotion on social media and email coverage to 60,000, plus an invitation to the annual show.

Reasons To Apply…

Art competitions are a really great way to announce your presence in the art world and enhance your resume. Applying to the VAO gives you the chance to showcase yourself and make connections with art enthusiasts, critics, and purchasers alike.

The Visual Art Open is a fun, constructive and professional environment in which to learn, to be inspired by other artists and build your own skills and self-confidence.

As each round of judging passes, your work will be promoted across our social media and website as well as the opportunity to be featured in the regional and national press, opening your work to a greater audience.

The VAO benefits from the support of cultural and corporate partners and sponsors who share our commitment to promoting the arts and arts events. These events engage not only the international art world, but also the community that host them.

Apply now


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