Thank you so much for your support we have had an amazing amount of entries this year – We would like to thank you all and we wish you all the very best of luck!
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Sarah Shaw “Rorschach Head II” (sold)
It’s always at this time of year, just before our final deadline that we get really excited and a little bit nervous too! No matter when we close, the entries always flood in at the last minute and right up until midnight! It is always such a pleasure and honour to see your efforts and we wish everyone could win something.
Still, that’s not in our hands. We leave this to our panel of judges and the first round is held at the Arts Club in Dover Street. It’s often the first time we have all seen the work and the judges have the difficult task of narrowing the work down, which takes hours and hours of careful deliberation and not always unanimous agreement! Each year the work chosen is very different which is what makes NOA so exciting and diverse.
So have you entered yet? Or are you still deciding? Here are a few reminders for you of what is happening this year. As long as you are UK based and over 15 you can enter. There are no criteria other than that – we accept paintings, photography, drawings, wall hung installations and computer generated art and more details re how to enter, size limitations etc are found on our website www.thenationalopenartcompetition.com. If you are selected, and who knows, there is a pot of £60,000 to be shared and then we open at the glorious Somerset House in September and run for five weeks generously sponsored by Towry. We are delighted to be able to bring your work to such a beautiful gallery in the heart of London where it can be appreciated by so many. Prizes will be awarded by the fabulous British sculptor Antony Gormley this year and there are many more surprises in store too!
Following Somerset House we move to our original home in Chichester, the Minerva Theatre and then we take the winners to the prestigious Pallant House Gallery which houses one of the best collections of 20th century British art in the world and is well worth a visit any time of the year.
So there are many reasons to enter! But the thing is, you only have until 20th July 2014 to do so. We close at midnight, so please don’t miss out.
There are always last minute questions, so do contact Amanda here: the firstname.lastname@example.org Amanda is brilliant at sorting things out for you and calming nerves! Or ping us on Twitter @tnoac.
Each year we get bigger which in turn means more money put back into the promotion and showcasing of your work. We are excited to see who gets shortlisted this year, but of course, we are here for all artists – so even if you enter and are not shortlisted, we will do our best to promote you on our various online platforms.
All that remains now then, is to wish everyone who enters the very best of luck!
Claire Ireland “Shift” (sold)
July 2nd, 2014
July 2nd, 2014
To the delight of many who have requested it we have extended our deadline to the 20 July 2014- so you can sigh a breath of relief as you now have time to finish that piece of work you wanted to enter – and if you where thinking of entering but thought you had run out of time we have given you a period of grace – so get entering we can’t wait to see your work.
June 17th, 2014
June 9th, 2014
Every year at this time, we get a lot of communication from artists wondering whether or not they should enter the competition. They go a bit like this.
“When is the deadline, because I may not be ready in time”.
“I don’t think my work is good enough”.
“What should I write in my CV? My work has not been exhibited to date”
And so on.
Well here’s the thing! We set out to be genuinely OPEN so that we could be the art competition that supports equally whether you are an already established artist, just starting your career or someone who paints for sheer joy in a shed. So please don’t feel nervous about entering. When the judging takes place it is done completely anonymously – no names or bios are revealed, so the judges judge on the work alone and not with any swayed opinion. You only have to write your CV so that if you are selected we can print a little about you in the exhibition catalogue but you don’t have to have one to enter!
We also understand that anxiety is a problem that all creative people face! It’s a tough old world, which is why it is vital to move into unknown territory all the time. Entering NOA if you are an artist, is an opportunity and one that may bring all sorts of new opportunities and recognition. Or it may just allow for a little more confidence in your work moving forward. You may not be selected – but our aim is to support all of our entrants in any way we can through our online and social channels and you’ll make friends there too. People who experience and face the same challenges that you do.
If you need reminding, we are opening at Somerset House this year in September and showing for five weeks! Then we move to Chichester, to the Minerva Festival Theatre and finally for the winners to Pallant House. You could win a share of £60,000 too.
So if you are wondering whether or not to fill in your entry form and submit to us, take a leap of faith and go ahead. We welcome you! Then remember the words of Leonardo da Vinci…
“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”
We wish everyone the very best of luck.