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Now it's up to you: National Open Art competition reveals shortlist

The National Open Art Competition has revealed its shortlist – and for the first time in the competition's history the public has the chance to vote for their favourites. Some 516 paintings have been whittled down from more than 3,000 competing for a prize, described by artist Gavin Turk as 'the best open art competition in the UK'.

The public vote is open until 31 August. The winning works will be displayed at the NOA's Winter Exhibition at the Royal College of Art in Kensington in the autumn.

National Open Art is a Chichester-based charity which has held annual art competitions for two decades. It hosted its first ever pop-up exhibition as part of this year's Brighton Fringe. Here, Get Creative presents a small selection of the shortlisted paintings. All 516 paintings can be viewed online.

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