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Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes: Call for Entries

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Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes is an international open competition for 2D and 3D artworks in any medium, excluding photography and film. Developed by the Waterfront Gallery in association with the Welsh Government, Wales Contemporary seeks to celebrate all aspects of the country by inviting artists to submit work that is inspired by its ancient heritage, art history, traditions, landscape (rural, urban or political) and contemporary culture.

Following the close of the call for entries on Tuesday 14 April 2020, the submissions will be judged by a selection panel including artist Basil Beattie (RA), painter Gerda Roper, and sculptor Sebastien Boyesen. The subsequent exhibition will be displayed at the Waterfront Gallery in Milford Haven, South Wales from 13 June – 18 July 2020. It will then tour to the Senedd and Pierhead Building, Cardiff from 5 August – 10 September 2020.

Prizes: 

All exhibitors will be invited to a private view and prizegiving at the Waterfront Gallery on 12 June 2020 when the following prizes will be presented:

1st Prize – £4,000

Highly commended 2-dimensional work – £2,000

Highly commended 3-dimensional – £2,000

Young Artist Prize (25 and under) – £1,000

Prize for artists born, educated or resident in Wales – £1,000

The following prize will be presented during the touring exhibition at the Senedd in Cardiff:

Public choice – £1,000

Deadline: 
04/14/2020

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
£15 for one work, £25 for two and £34 for three.
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Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes

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Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes is an international open competition for 2D artwork in any medium excluding photography. Developed by the Waterfront Gallery in association with the Welsh Government, Wales Contemporary seeks to celebrate all aspects of the country by inviting artists to submit work that is inspired by its ancient history, its art history, its heritage, its landscape (rural, urban or political) and its contemporary culture.

Following a call for entries which saw the submission of approximately 500 artworks from across the globe – the UK and the Republic of Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, Australia, the USA and Canada were all represented – 76 works have been selected for the inaugural exhibition at the Waterfront Gallery in Milford Haven, South Wales from 4 – 30 October 2019. Thoughtful and often surprising, the exhibition combines crisp, photorealistic seascapes with soft, romantic watercolours balancing on the very edge of figuration. Due tribute is paid to the rich diversity of Welsh landscapes, from its glowering mountain ranges to its industrial towns, its valley villages to its rugged coastlines. Welsh culture is equally well represented: highlights include a carnivalesque imagining of the Arthurian legend, an overpopulated Mount Snowdon, and a tongue-in-cheek representation of the much-maligned leek. In summary, the exhibition presents the viewer with a characterful and compelling insight into the many things that make Wales Welsh.

‘Wales has a well-earned reputation for inspiring great artists and this project will further enhance this and highlight the areas of Wales where those interested in art can visit and be inspired in the future. Having attracted such a wide range of entries from all over the world, this exhibition will be an intriguing insight into how Wales is seen by others  - and during our Year of Discovery it may well provide a different perspective on our culture, history and landscape.’

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord-Elis Thomas

The exhibition - selected by artist Janette Kerr, painter Ken Maycock, artist Catrin Webster and Stan MacIlvenny OBE - will open at the Waterfront Gallery in Milford Haven, South Wales on 4 October 2019, where it will remain until 30 October. It will then tour to Mall Galleries, London, where it will be available to view from 5 – 10 November 2019. All exhibitors will be invited to a private view on 4 October and an awards ceremony on 23 October – both at the Waterfront Gallery - when the following prizes will be presented:

1st Prize: £5,000 plus a 3 week residency in Milford Haven (February – March 2020) and a 1 month solo exhibition at the Waterfront Gallery

2nd Prize: £2,500

Prize for artists born, educated or resident in Wales: £2,000

Young Artist Prize (for artists aged 25 and under): £1,000

Public Choice Award: £1,000

Highly Commended: £500

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