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Open Art Competition 2018 Terms and Conditions


The competition is open to artists worldwide. Only original work completed within the last two years will be considered and paintings based on reference photographs must have been taken by the artist or used with the permission of the photographer. Photography, except where incorporated into collage, is not acceptable.

1. The entry fee of £18 covers up to THREE entries of two-dimensional works in any media; only ONE work per entrant will be accepted for exhibition in the Leisure Painter category.

2. No entry should be larger than 120x150cm WHEN FRAMED (canvases do not need to be framed).

3. To enter, upload digital files of your image/s and pay your entry fee using our secure server via our website at Closing date for entries is 12 noon on Friday, April 13, 2018.  

4. Entries will be judged after April 13, 2018 and selected works called for exhibition. These must be framed (canvases excepted) ready for exhibition from July 12 to August 12, 2018 at Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire. All works entered must be available for exhibition if selected.

5. Successful entrants will be notified in mid-May about delivering their work between June 15 and July 1, 2018 to Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire.

6. All care will be taken with entries but no responsibility can be accepted for loss or damage in transit, incoming or outgoing, whilst on the competition premises or during the exhibition. Originals selected and submitted for final exhibition must be fully insured by the artist.

7. Original works must be left with the organisers throughout the exhibition.

8. All entries must be original. Submission of entry in this competition automatically constitutes acceptance of all the competition rules and agreement to allow The Artist and/or Leisure Painter to publish, republish and repurpose entries in print and digital formats including but not limited to magazines, promotion materials, websites, databases and as part of downloadable digital products.

9. Commission of 25% including VAT will be charged on sales of works accepted and hung in the final exhibitions at Patchings Art Centre.


  • Sally Bulgin, editor The Artist
  • David Curtis ROI, RSMA
  • Guest Judge Lachlan Goudie ROI
  • Ingrid Lyon, editor Leisure Painter
  • John Sprakes ROI, RBA, MAFA
  • Liz Wood, artist and co-owner of Patchings Art Centre


  • Set your camera to the highest quality available
  • Take your picture of your painting square on and fill the frame as far as possible
  • If possible use a tripod to ensure a crisp image
  • Turn off the date!
  • Make sure that no easel clamps or clips intrude and that frames don’t cast shadows across the artwork

Over £17,500 worth of art prizes to be won

Click here for a full list of prizes and sponsors

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Click here to pay your entry fee and enter this year's competition