Signs are good for exhibition

The signs are looking good for this year’s National Open Art Competition 2011, the successor competition to the former Chichester Open Art exhibition.

Wednesday, 14th September 2011, 8:36 am

Competition spokeswoman Louisa Higgs said: “With only a few weeks left to the National Open Art Competition 2011 submission deadline of September 28, we are on target for another increase in entries. This year has already shown more students and more photographers’ submissions being entered online.

“2011 also sees National Open Art Competition (NOAC) with a title sponsor, Towry, the Wealth Advisers, who have for several years been donating prizes. This collaboration has given NOAC a secure financial base in these unpredictable economic times, and allowed us to carry forward our new plans.

“The National Open Art Competition (NOAC) is open to students, mid-career and professional artists, with drawings, paintings, original prints, photographs, and wall hung installations all accepted mediums.”

Louisa added: “We are once again privileged to have Gavin Turk as the chairman of the judges, and he is supported by Catherine Lampert, former director of Whitechapel Gallery, Francis Hodgson, photographic art critic for the Financial Times, and Lisa Wright, NOAC2009 winner and senior lecturer at University of Falmouth. These four are tasked with selecting nine regional, and several national prize-winners, including Best Young Artist, Best Drawing, and Best Photograph. For more details www.thenationalopenartcompetition.com.

“We have a prize fund of £40,000 this year and are hoping to be able to offer several prizes in kind in addition to this, making the National Open Art Competition one of the biggest prize funds of 2011.”