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Visual Art Open

The Visual Art Open Finalist Exhibition

Launched in 2016 by Black Mango Art, The Visual Art Open is a not-for-profit competition that offers both emerging and established artists the platform to advance their creative career, grow their presence in the industry and develop their passion for the arts.

The competition welcomes applications from creatives based across the globe, with entries open across six different categories – painting and mixed media, photography, digital, sculpture, drawing, and young artist.

Now in its fifth consecutive year, the competition continues to grow and has welcomed over 6,000 applications to date. The team is excited for what the future holds and is looking forward to showcasing the incredible breadth of work produced by this year’s high caliber group of finalists in mid-November 2020

The official prize-giving ceremony – which will see the overall winner of the competition awarded a prize package worth over £8,000 and the winner of each category awarded a cash prize of £250

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2020 VAO Finalist

Painting and Mixed Media

Marie Lenclos, Simon Wright, Tammy Walters, Skye Holland, David Woolstrncroft, Lee Eveson, Lesley Anne Derks, Kim Pragnell, Daniel Ibbotson & Iain Holman

Photography/ Digital

Anne Veck, Tat Supreme, Yasna Khan, Diana Jane, Anatoliy Anshin & Mellony Taper


Jonathan Harvey-Thomas and Holly Parr, Liz Murray, Gala, J.V. Marzo & Bethany Walker


Nic Acaster, Angela C. Smith, Kira Fröse, Kira Phoenix K’inan, Charmaine Maw & Jane King


Simon Briggs, Janina Cebertowicz, Carl Gaffney, Leina, Eleanor Mill & Samantha Messias

Young Artist

Rebecca Potter, Rebecca Potter, Amrita Krishnan, Sharon Adebisi, Yom Bo Sung, Andrew D Clark, Linda Virbale & Victoria Andrusyschyn

Children’s Award (15 years and under)

Daisy German, Arabella Stell, Anqing Deng, Matika Halleday & Vanessa Ayotte

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