For the team here, the announcement recently that the Bargehouse at The Oxo Tower Wharf is playing host to the competition this year is so exciting.
Bargehouse is an eclectic, atmospheric space on London’s fast moving South Bank and Bankside areas and sister building to the iconic landmark Oxo Tower which stands proudly on the cultural path between the National Theatre and Tate Modern. This big blank canvas will be transformed into a contemporary gallery space to showcase a cross-section of the very best British and Irish contemporary art of 2017. This years’ finalists will exhibit their work in buildings that were once owned by the nation’s favourite gravy, owners of the Oxo brand, which stood proudly at the heart of pre-war industrial London. Now refurbished, it’s home to over 30 retail design studios as well as specialist shops, restaurants and exhibition spaces. Since it’s opening, Bargehouse has been used to exhibit everything from fashion shows to press launches and with its space and light is the ideal gallery for this years’ exhibition.
This years’ competition will include a programme of events that will take place during the exhibition with collaborations between NOA Vice President Gavin Turk and Deborah Turk’s House of Fairy Tales along with Be Smart About Art, Explore Learning and many more. The competition is open to any professional or amateur artist aged 15 and over and each entry will be judged anonymously. Anyone wishing to submit entries can do so until 9th July this year, finalists will be announced in late September and the winners will be revealed in November.
For more information or to enter the competition please see the National Open Art’s website.