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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 fourth consecutive year, the competition continues to grow and has welcomed over 4,000 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 at The Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair 2019.

The official prize-giving ceremony – which will see the overall winner of the competition awarded a prize package worth over £5,000 and the winner of each category awarded a cash prize of £250 – will take place on Sunday 17th November at 4pm.

Our Finalists

Painting and Mixed Media

Ilsa Brittain, Marek Domaniecki, Camilla Dowse, David O’Halloran and Richard Young.


Sylvia Lockhart, Alexandro Pelaez, Ali Saboyki, Margaret Salisbury and Lauren Zaknoun.


Sean Thomas Allen, Sookie Brarou, Richard Devonshire, Kito Mbiango and Martin Raskovsky.


Nicola Beattie, John Burks, Roberta Mason, Azad Marim Mohammed and Christina Salamon.


Victoria General, Lai Khai Jin, Samantha Messias, Emma Sidwell and Hamish Young.

Young Artist

Karina Bikbulatova, Shannon Iero, Catherine Peluso, Morgan Rogers and Jinya Zhao.

Highly Commended

Rosco Brittin, Liam Dunne, Vasja Grabner, Sara Hupas, Liu Ling, Denise Playfair, Ceridwen Raynor, Timbo Roberts and Emma Bullo Taylor.

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