Visual Artists Association

VAA In Person Networking Event - Oxford

This June the VAA is holding an in-person Networking Opportunity in Oxford for artists.


Our networking meet-up is open to all artists, both members and non-members of the Visual Artists Association. This will take the form of an hour-long informal catch up. You will have the chance to grab a coffee, meet like-minded working artists, and form a community with those local to you.


For our Oxford based artists, this event will be taking place at the Art Café, 14 Bonn Square, Oxford, at 3:00 pm on Monday the 5th of June. Admission is free to all.


VISUAL ART OPEN AWARDS 2023 - Artist Call - £10,000 Prize Fund

All UK & International artists are invited to apply for the Visual Art Open Award 2023. Presented by the Visual Artists Association, the prestigious VAO 2023 Award is now celebrating its eighth edition and offers an increased Prize Fund worth £10,000.

· All mediums across 5 categories: Painting/Mixed Media/Printmaking - Illustration/Drawing - Sculpture – Photography/Digital - Young Artist (16 – 24 years old).

· Entry cost - £20 for 1st submission and £10 per additional artwork £15.00 for entrants under 24 years and £10 per additional artwork.

· The award is open to both amateur and professional artists of all levels.

NFTs: Digital Art for Beginners

Creatives of all levels are invited to learn more about exactly what NFTs are and the income opportunities for artists. This microlearning webinar will cover the basics of NFTs in the Crypto world —and how you can create your own NFTs using a cryptocurrency platform.

This session will review the pros and cons of NFTs, plus a checklist guide to take you through the steps and best practices when creating an NFT:

• What is NFT Art and how to leverage this trend

• A brief history of NFT technology and history

• How to buy and sell NFTs on various NFT marketplaces

VAA Art Café: Selling with Public Art Galleries and Museums

Our upcoming online Art Café will teach you everything you need to know about exhibiting at Public Art Galleries and Museums. This session is for artists of all levels who would like to understand the best tips for finding opportunities and the application process for submissions. Public Art Galleries have long been a source of information, shaping the knowledge and minds of artists. Going from visitor to exhibitor is certainly achievable, with many institutions hosting engagement programmes for contemporary artists.

Key learning outcomes:

How to Write About Your Art: Artist Statements & Open Call Applications

The process of creating art and talking about your artwork are completely different fields. Often, an artist’s biggest pitfall is a weak statement and they fail to captivate their audience. Learning to communicate confidently about your work can support your open-call applications, leading to more success with art prizes, residencies and exhibition opportunities.

Social Media Strategy: Branding, Sales, and Campaigns for Artists

Social media is the fastest-growing and most expansive way to connect with art buyers and collectors globally.

So, how can artists make the most of opportunities to connect with new audiences and increase their sales?

Learn what, when, and how to post with the help of social media expert, Alex McCann. In this exclusive online masterclass, we will be covering the best ways to develop flawless branding, build a following and create more sales. By developing a unique and compelling voice, digital storytelling will help you connect with audiences better than before. A thriving artist career is at your fingertips.

In this online session, we will be covering:

• How to generate an authentic following

• Why personal branding is effective


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