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Chester Art Fair: Visual Art Open Prize


Welcome to the Visual Art Open Competition, aimed at providing a platform for UK & International Artists to develop their passion and career in the arts sector.

The competition is a celebration of both UK & International, professional and amateur artists working in one of more of the following medias: drawing, printing, painting, photography, digital art and sculpture.

The Competition

Artwork judged by panel of jurors appointed by VAO, all of which are artists, writers, art critics, collectors and curators from the international contemporary art world

Five Categories:-

  • Painting / Mixed Media
  • Illustration / Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Emerging Artist / Young Artist (Under 24)


Overall Winner

  • Cash prize of £1,000.00 to support the production of new works
  • Commercial mentoring package
  • Exclusive solo show decided in consultation with the winner
  • Exhibition at Chester Arts Fair 2017 worth £1,000.

Individual Categories

  • A cash prize of £250.00 will be awarded to the winner of each category
  • Cost – £15.00 per submission. £10.00 for entrants under 25 years old
  • No age restrictions – all welcome to apply

Key Dates

  • September – Applications Open Call
  • 31 December – Applications Close
  • 31 March – Finalist Shortlist
  • 31 April – Finalist Jury Score
  • 31 May – Winners Announced
  • November 2017 – Visual Arts Open Exhibition at Arts Fair

How To Apply

  • Application are now OPEN. To apply online, visit
  • Alternatively, for more information call
  • 01244 893185 or email
  • 18 Regus House, Herons Way,
  • Chester Business Park, CH4 9QR

Apply online at

DEADLINE: 31 December 2016