National Open Art Competition – Winter 2016

The NOA winter 2016 LONG LIST now announced

The first round of judging for this year’s competition was held in London at The Arts Club, Dover Street, on Monday 1 August 2016. 

There are five judges for adult painting, photography and 3 dimensional works: Robin Muir, a photographic historian, former picture editor of Vogue and the Sunday Telegraph Magazine who more recently curated Vogue 100 – A Century of Style for the National Portrait Gallery in London; Fiona Kingsman, former Production Manager with independent film and television who has worked for the Tate Learning department for 10 years; Lorenzo Beleaguer, an art critic, curator and artist who’s been based in London for the last 12 years; Anna Koska, a published professional illustrator of some 25 years, together with the well know painter David Remfry RA, who has had over 60 solo exhibitions in Europe and America including exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

On August 3rd, a shortlist of 500 works was published and Andrew was delighted to hear that girl in black dress — a painting from his studies of Generic Girls —was to be included in this selection.

For the second time the Judges are inviting the world to have their say to choose their favourite shortlisted work in an online vote. The work with the most votes will then be shown in the exhibition alongside the judges’ final selections.

Generic girls
girl in black dress -oil on panel -76cm x 57cm

“One of a group of paintings obliquely examining a formal view of beauty, ’girl in black dress’ is part of this comment on the sensibilities of a secular middle class”.

The World Vote will close on the 29 August 2016 and if you would like to view any of these artworks, please follow this link:

To vote for ‘girl in black dress’:

The Winner and the Prize Winners’ names are to be announced at the Private Views at The Mercers Hall, London on October 27th and 28th, 2016.

Update – 31st August 2016

Andrew is delighted to hear that ‘Girl in Black Dress ‘ has been selected for the final show.

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