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National Open Art Competition 2018

The National Open Art Competition is a truly open and fair platform for all UK and Eire artists. An opportunity for artists to exhibit, sell and promote their work through a genuinely open art competition with a well-respected annually selected judging panel.

March 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: THE CHICHESTER ART TRUST

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  • Need

    Need

    The creative industries – are worth nearly £80 billion a year to the UK economy, employ millions, and are growing faster than any other part of the UK economy. Yet the government is removing creative subjects from the core curriculum and opportunities for young and emerging artists to showcase their work and build their reputations are severely limited. Funding to support them at an early stage of their careers even more so.

    Solution

    The National Open Art Competition is a truly open and fair platform for all UK and Eire artists. An opportunity for artists to exhibit, sell and promote their work through a genuinely open art competition with a well-respected annually selected judging panel choosing works to be exhibited in the National Open Art Exhibitions in London, Chichester and other venues around the UK. The competition offers a substantial prize fund, shared among a large number of artists.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To widen the public understanding of, involvement with, and access to, art and artists.

    Activities

    » Selected works from the competition will be exhibited in the National Open Art Exhibitions in London, Chichester and other venues around the UK.

    Success will be measured by the visitor numbers to National Open Art Exhibitions in London, Chichester and other venues around the UK and traffic to our online gallery.


    Aim 2

    To encourage younger artists and art students, promoting creativity and excellence.

    Activities

    » By running a children's competition alongside the main competition, we encourage and inspire children to engage, look, learn, draw, paint, create.

    Success will be measured by an increase in the number of entries to the competition and the inclusion of entries from children from deprived backgrounds.


  • Impact

    Impact

    NOA dispels all the hierarchical attitudes to art by embracing artists of every age, every theme and every level of experience and supports them all
    the same. Each year the stories emerge: the chronically anorexic teenager who was selected in 2013, “NOA saved my life”, who has gone on to overcome her mental illness and succeed in helping others through her creative food
    and health blog; a young and undiscovered Nigerian born student whose work
    is now hung and admired around the world.

    Risk

    The competition has been running for 20 years and has assumed its rightful place as one of the UK’s premier art events, embraced by the industry and public at large. The main risk to its future success would be a failure to secure the necessary funding to allow the competition to grow. To mitigate against this, a comprehensive organisational and funding review has recently been undertaken to ensure that the infrastructure is in place to ensure the competition can continue to flourish.

    Reporting

    The National Open Art Exhibitions are the single most effective way to demonstrate to our donors the scope and creativity of the competition's entrants. The talent is literally hanging on the walls for all to see. Selected pieces are also viewable in our online gallery.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £263,230

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      Amount Heading Description
      £55,800 Prize Monies Prize fund for artists
      £52,000 Staff Salaries Staff salaries
      £50,100 Exhibition Costs Exhibition costs
      £50,080 Marketing & PR Marketing & PR
      £36,100 Competition Expenses Competition Expenses
      £19,150 Admin Admin

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Corporate Sponsorship £74,000 Conditional
    Charitable Trusts £10,200 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Entries are accepted from anyone resident in the UK or Eire. Entries can come from unknown or established artists, ranging in age from children to octogenarians. Judging for the competition is done completely anonymously. Artists’ name, age, gender, and background i.e. education, are not available to the judges to ensure their work is judged on talent alone.

    Beneficiaries

    The National Open Art Competition is a truly open and fair platform for all UK and Eire artists. An opportunity for artists to exhibit, sell and promote their work through a genuinely open art competition with a well-respected annually selected judging panel choosing works to be exhibited in the National Open Art Exhibitions in London, Chichester and other venues around the UK.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been organising the National Open Art Competition for 20 years and have unique and unparalleled relationships with its artists
    and it is this that makes the charity and its work so special. “Look around here” said Will Gompertz, the BBC's Arts Editor when he opened the show last year, “the work on display is an unrivalled breadth of creativity”.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Neil Lawson Baker

    CEO and Chairman for the past 10 years.

    Amanda Kings

    Competition & Exhibitions Director

    Kate Thorpe

    Creative Director

    Cloe Barratt

    Marketing Manager

“Look around here the work on display is an unrivalled breadth of creativity”.

Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor