Empowering Visual Artists to Commercial Success


                 Visual Artists Association

Join the Visual Artists Association to gain access to a huge range of membership benefits, knowledge and experience. The VAA offers an easy and direct approach to help you grow your arts business, to successfully distribute and sell your art with the reassurance of continual mentoring and peer support. Be empowered to thrive, shine and succeed.

Why Join The Visual Artist Association?



FREE Public Liability Insurance

As a member you will receive public liability insurance covering £5 million. We also have a range of documents to help you with the legal side of your art business.





Network With Likeminded People

Be a part of our online community, where you’ll meet likeminded artists, share experiences and advice. You will also get access to our directories with galleries and publishers details.






Resource Centre

With articles on Sales and Distribution to Marketing and even Personal Development the resource centre is the tool you wish you always had.



Gain Key Professional Skills & Training

We have a range of resources on key topics that will help you develop and push your career. These include, sales, distribution, branding, marketing, legal advice and much more.

Welcome to the Visual Art Open

The Visual Art Open competition is a not-for-profit event open to both amateur and professional artists based in the UK and internationally. The aim is to give artists the ultimate platform to develop their passion and career in the arts sector. Finalists will benefit from exhibiting, selling and showcasing their work to art critics and buyers alike.

  • Art Prize Fund value of £6,000
  • 6 categories: –  Painting /Mixed Media /Printmaking – Illustration /Drawing – Sculpture – Photography/Digital Art- Young Artist (16-24 years old) – Children’s Award (15 years and under)

  • All finalists invited to exhibit at the UKs largest artist art fair in November 2020 plus receive a annual membership to the Visual Artists Association www.visual-artists.org

  • Cash Prizes £2,750 –  Overall winner of the VAO will be awarded: Annual Mentorship Package, Cash prize of £1,000.00 to support the production of new works, plus solo show at Chester Art Fair 2021. £250.00 will be awarded for each category winner.

  • ALL SUBMISSIONS will receive promotion on social media and email coverage to 50,000, plus an invitation to the annual exhibition.  

  • No age restrictions – ALL welcome to apply