SUSSEX LIFE 11 November 2016

Article about NOA's Chairman, Neil Lawson Baker and the NOA exhibitions.



Read the article in the Chichester Observer, about NOA16's Winners' Exhibition at Pallant House


THE LIST 26 October 2016


Paintings, drawings, prints and other works by professional and amateur artists from the UK and Ireland.


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ALL IN LONDON 26 October 2016


About the event


National Open Art is bringing its 20th Exhibition to the heart of the City this autumn.


Curated by Robin Muir, following his hugely successful curation of the National Portrait Gallery’s Vogue 100 earlier this year, this free exhibition at Mercers’ Hall will feature 160 selected paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, wall hung installations, digital art pieces and short films.


The artworks have been selected by an expert panel, including Royal Academician David Remfry, from thousands of pieces by the very best professional and amateur artists working today in the UK and Ireland.


More than £50,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to 35 artists, including for the hotly anticipated Best Emerging Artist and Best Young Artist Prizes, when Lord Mervyn Davies opens the exhibition on Thursday, 27 October.


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ARTLYST 26 October 2016

National Open Art 2016

Mercers' Hall




Finalists and winners from the 20th National Open Art competition, curated by Robin Muir. Around 150 paintings, drawings, original prints, photographs, wall hung installations, digital works, miniatures and moving image pieces from the very best professional and amateur artists working in the UK and Ireland today. Each entry is judged anonymously, making the competition one of the most democratic around.


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BIG ISSUE September 2016


World Art Vote Winner


"The Face of Alzheimers'", the winning work of the 2016 World Art Vote, by Vanessa Jayne, was featured in the September 2016 Big Issue. Click Download to view.



ARTLYST 24 jun 2016


Call for Entries 2016 - Click here to go to the website





The art of Ronnie Wood


Ronnie Wood describes himself as “an artist who plays the guitar, inspired by Mucha to Rembrandt and everything in between”. For the last three years he has been the patron of National Open Art, a charity that exists to support the brightest emerging artists from across the UK and Ireland through its annual competition.


Read the whole of Ronnie's blog here.





Judges Announced for NOA 2016



Royal Academician David Remfry, former Vogue picture editor-turned-curator Robin Muir, the Tate’s Head of Learning, Programme and Resources Fiona Kingsman and filmmakers Sarah Cunliffe and Kathy Oldridge are to judge the 2016 National Open Art Competition.

Professional and amateur artists aged 15 and over can now submit work to the main 2016 competition. For the first time, a new miniatures category is being offered alongside categories in painting, drawing, original print, photography, wall hung installation, digital art and moving image. Each entry is judged anonymously, making the competition one of the most democratic in the UK and Ireland operating today.


Past winners include Kelvin Okafor, Sarah Jane Bellwood, Vaughn Horsman, Jane McAdam Freud and Harry Borden.


Judge David Remfry said: "National Open Art is an important platform for artists and it's wonderful to be involved as a judge in the competition's 20th year. The finalists are always an eclectic mix and a reflection of the impressive talent at work in the UK and Ireland today. I would encourage artists to apply to - it really can make a difference to their careers."

The 2015 competition attracted nearly 4000 entries and awarded around £60,000 in prizes and mentoring opportunities to 35 winning artists. For the second year running, young artists aged 14 and under can also enter as part of the NOA children’s competition.


This year’s finalists will be exhibited in NOA’s Winter Exhibition at Mercers’ Hall in October where the prize winners will be announced. For the second year, people will be able to vote online for their favourite long-listed piece to be included in the Winter Exhibition when NOA16’s World Vote opens in August.


Neil Lawson-Baker, chair of NOA, said: “It is amazing to think the National Open Art Competition has been running for 20 years. We have seen some incredible artists flourish through the competition during this time and I have every hope that this year’s competition will be the most inspiring and

thought-provoking yet.”


The 500 long-listed entries from this year’s competition will be for sale through NOA’s website and at various exhibitions.


NOA16 is open for entries from 1 March until midnight on 10 July 2016. Finalists will be announced in September, and the winners revealed on 27 October.

Entry costs £20 per adult entry, £5 per child entry.





Katherine Tyrrell's blog "Making a Mark"


National Open Art 2016 - Call for Entries


Read the Blog here