Frances Ryan Scoops Major Award

National Open Art Exhibition, UK

Our congratulations to FRANCES RYAN who yesterday received the NOA15 Northern Ireland Award (sponsored by Towry) for her painting Exotica 2 at the prestigious National Open Art show, one of the UK's biggest open art exhibitions. 


The winning artworks beat nearly 4000 entries after being selected anonymously by judges Hughie O'Donoghue RA, David Lister, Rebecca Hossack, Vanessa Branson and Amanda Harman. The works are all being exhibited at NOA’s Winter Exhibition at the Royal College of Art (21 Oct – 1 Nov) along with more than 100 artworks that also made it through to the final. The winners are due to be exhibited at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester in December (1-13 Dec).

NOA 2015 judge Hughie O' Donoghue RA said: “Judging thousands of art works is a challenge, but the experience is essentially a privileged glimpse of the creative energy at work in Britain and Ireland today. I’m impressed with the strength and diversity of the submissions. What comes through for me is a sense of invention and a seriousness of intent, sometimes along with irreverence and humour. It’s a healthy picture of the art in these Islands”



The National Open Art Competition is administrated by the Chichester Art Trust a registered charity whose aim is to provide a truly open and fair platform for all UK and the Republic of Ireland artists to exhibit, sell and promote their work through the medium of an annual National Open Art Competition with well respected judges producing exhibitions which are shown in London, Chichester and other venues around the UK.

The Chichester Art Trust receives no Arts Council funding and is paid for through registration fees, donations, art sales, advertising and sponsorship.

October 21, 2015