Art Competition Visual Art Open

The VAO art competition is currently running in its fifth consecutive year and is open to both amateur and professional artists. The primary goal of the awards is to reveal and establish artists’ profiles in the contemporary art world.

Painting & Mixed Media & Printmaking
Illustration & Drawing
Photography / Digital Art

Deadlines and important dates
Key Dates VAO21
1st October 2020 – Applications Open
15th December 2020 – Phase One Applications Close
8th January 2021 – Phase Two Applications Open
15th March 2021 – Phase Two Applications Close

Overall Winner Receives:
• Cash prize
• Certificate
• Solo Show at Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair
• Annual Mentorship Programme
• International Online Global Art Exhibition of Finalists
• Free Career Development Talks
• 20% Discount with Cass Art

All Category Winners Receives:
• £250 cash prize
• Certificate
• Finalists will be exhibited at Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair
ALL SUBMISSIONS will receive promotion on social media and email coverage to 50,000, plus an invitation to the annual show.

How to enter
Please check with the competition organisation to see what the current regulations are regarding the Covid19 Pandemic.

Top Tips
For some top tips on how to enter your art work in to a competition take a look here…

Here is some art material to get you inspired. Click on the images for more product information.

Artist’s Choice Sketch Pad,75 Sheets, Pack of 2

Canson XL Series Black Drawing Paper for Pencil, Acrylic Marker, Opaque Inks, Gouache and Pastels, Side Wire, 92 Pound, 9 x 12 Inch, Black, 40 Sheets

XL Drawing Set – Sketching, Graphite and Charcoal Pencils. Includes 100 Page Drawing Pad, Kneaded Eraser, Blending Stump. Art Kit and Supplies for Kids, Teens and Adults.

52 Piece Professional Drawing Set with 2 x 50 Page Drawing Pad, Graphite Drawing Pencils and Sketch Set, Artist Sketching Tools in Tin Box Includes Charcoals,Pastels and Sharpener-Deluxe Art Set

160 Professional Colored Pencils, Artist Pencils Set for Coloring Books, Premium Artist Soft Series Lead with Vibrant Colors for Sketching, Shading & Coloring in Tin Box

GOTIDEAL Stretched Canvas, Multi Pack 4×4″, 5×7″, 8×10″,9×12″, 11×14″ Set of 10, Primed White – 100% Cotton Artist Canvas Boards for Painting, Acrylic Pouring, Oil Paint Dry & Wet Art Media

Castle Art Supplies Oil Paint Set – 24 Vibrant Colors in Tubes – Excellent Value Supplies with Beautiful Saturation and Coverage. This Set Makes it Easy and Fun to Explore Oil Painting

Tabletop Easel Art Easel Desktop Easel for Painting, Premium Wooden Sketchbox Easel, Desktop Painting Easel for Student Artist Beginner


See the full overview of art competitions for 2021 here.