As of 1 March 2019 the Children's NOA Prize has been closed.



National Open Art for Children aimed to pave the way for the next masters, disrupters, and trailblazers of the art world.


Hundreds of schools, parents, and children around the UK and Ireland actively engaged with NOA and entered the children’s art prize which culminated in a professional art exhibition in central London.


Finalists of all ages and capabilities experience life as an artist and are ultimately inspired to pursue a life in art.


Top prizes included the latest Go-Pro and art materials as well as thousands of pounds worth of bursaries for schools art departments.


All children aged 0–15 were able enter the art prize and each entrant was acknowledged with a certification and showcased online in the NOA Galleries.


"Children are often very creative by nature and there are some incredibly talented young artists out there. Anything that encourages and develops this talent is something to be celebrated, and NOA's competition provides one of the very best opportunities around."

Chris Riddell - Children's Judge





Prizes & Awards sponsored by The Foyle Foundation


National Open Art Children’s 1st Prize                                 iPad Air

Schools’ Art Department Bursary                                              £2,000


National Open Art Children’s 2nd Prize A GoPro

Schools’ Art Department Bursary                                              £1,000


National Open Art Children’s 3rd Prize                                 £250 Art Materials Vouchers

Schools’ Art Department Bursary                                              £500



1st National Open Art Children's Exhibition 2017


National Open Art, the UK’s leading independent art prize, presented a full-scale Children’s Exhibition in Chichester for the first time in the organisation’s history.


Selected by the award-winning children’s books illustrator Marta Altés and the Directors of National Open Art, the exhibition of 152 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and wall-hung installations by artists aged 14 and under, was held at the Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester in December 2017 (5-16 December) with free admission.


NOA Partner Chessington World of Adventures Resort


A message from our partners Chessington World of Adventures


Summer 2017 Chessington World of Adventures Resort were really excited to work with the National Open Art Children's Competition to bring art and the importance of learning outside of the classroom together. Through the NOA children’s competition, one lucky class won one of the wildest art lessons of their lives at Chessington!