– The Visual Artists Association Presents –

Professional Artist Award 2023

Show your work, gain momentum, and grow your art business.

Be in with a chance to win a prize package worth £5000

1st Prize of £1000 cash, Art Supplies, 121 coaching session on Artists’ Guide to Success, 1 x Momentum Programme to accelerate your career, 12 month Mentorship Programme. Online solo Exhibition & Lifetime membership to the VAA.

5 Highly Commended Exhibitors whose prizes include: Certificate, 121 Strategy session, 1x Momentum Programme (6wks)

How is the prize judged?

A judging panel comprised of world-class art experts will shortlist the top ten most accomplished artworks from the range of digital entries.

We will choose one winner and five highly commended exhibitors.

How does it work?

The winners of this prize will receive a £5000 prize package, as well as a 12-month mentorship programme.

Artists can submit up to four artworks.

Premium Members have Early Access to Applications until 14/10/2022 when applications are open to all artists!

Who is it for?

Artists of all mediums, globally, at any stage in their career. 

Artists at any stage, from early career to established are invited to apply for the Professional Artist Award.



The aim of the VAA Professional Artist Award has been created to promote the work of our Premium Member Artists, whilst helping them to gain momentum and grow their art business.

Free to Premium Members of the Visual Artists Association, or £20 per entry.

Application Deadline: 24th January 2023

Shortlisted Artists Announced – June 2023

Finalists Announced – July 2023

Winners Announced – September 2023


Who can enter?

Our open call to the Professional Artist Award is open to both amateur and professional artists, working in any visual art medium (i.e. drawing, printing, painting, photography, digital art, sculpture, mixed media).

What is the submission procedure?

The application form can be found on this page. You can also download the application form and email it to hello@visual-artists.org

Once you have submitted your application, your application will be processed within 5 working days. You will then be sent a confirmation email, to the email address provided in your application form.

If you have not received an email from us then please email hello@visual-artists.org

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are only able to notify artists that have been successful in both stages. You will be notified by email, using the email address you have provided

Why are there two application phases?
We run two application phases throughout the year. All phases are exactly the same, we simply run it in phases to limit the amount of artwork that is sent to the judges at one time. All artwork is judged the same, so it does not matter what phase in the competition you enter.
Do I need to submit artwork that is for sale?

No, we can select an alternative artwork for the finalists’ exhibition. However, you need to let us know in advance, or you could lose your place.

How do I submit an image?

Within the online application form, you can upload your images, if you have any trouble doing so please email us, at hello@visual-artists.org.

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