Well here we are in February already…
2013 was a very good year for us and we wanted to share with you some of our highlights.
Our aim last year was to become even better established in London, enabling us to gain better exposure and attract more prize money from sponsors to reward our competing artists. We opened the competition to great acclaim at the Royal College of Art in Kensington, with two evenings hosted by Ronnie Wood and Gavin Turk. Ronnie talked about his own experiences in art and expressed his delight at the talent shown on our walls. Two artists whose work he bought are still reeling at this accolade! Gavin is a great supporter of our competition and commented that the standard just gets “better and better”. So really well done to everyone who ended up being chosen for the exhibition and a huge thank you to those who entered and were not selected. Please try again this year.
With a firm base established in London and Chichester, we were able to sell more works than ever before and that, after all, is one of our main aims. We want to help get your work seen by a larger audience and give you all, new and bigger opportunities.
This year the competition will open at Somerset House and run for five weeks.
We are delighted to have secured such a prestigious venue and chance for your work to be widely admired.
We are a small and dedicated team – all passionate believers in artists and in the power of art and creativity. We are proud that our competition is recognised as being genuinely open. We do not discriminate based on age or experience and of course all our judging is carried out totally anonymously to prevent any biased opinions from the panel. Last year we were honoured to include Brian Sewell and Barbara Rae RA as judges and in 2014 we have two very well known RA’s Norman Ackroyd and Chris Orr on the panel of five.
We absolutely understand how many of you were disappointed not to have been selected in 2013, but we appreciated and fully support your creativity with equal measure. Each year we have a new panel and every judge has a totally different opinion so keep working with us and do please keep in touch.
Please tell us about your own exhibitions which we can often announce on our website and you may have noticed we have a very active Social media presence. Have you joined us on Twitter (@tnoac) and/or Facebook (NOA) or found our Pinterest boards yet?
As you know Social media is a vital way of sharing and connecting, helping to spread the word with your up to date news, or even just an opinion you want to air. We love our conversations on Twitter and it is always fun to meet up and put faces to avatars!
Most of all, at the start of NOA14, we want to thank you again for the commitment to your own art and for being a part of The National Open family. Your work is very important to society and culture in general and gives great joy to so many people.
Art so often unites peoples, and certainly gets them talking and connecting. We will continue to support you, trying to provide new opportunities in every way that we can. So feed us your comments PLEASE.
In the meantime, we wish you all a great year and look forward to seeing your works as and when you submit them.