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Wells Art Contemporary 2020 Call for Entries




The Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) Awards are an open competition for contemporary art rapidly gaining praise in Britain and abroad. It was established in 2012 by a group of artists and their friends in Wells, the beautiful cathedral city in the South-West of England. This idea that came to life around a kitchen dining table has already established a strong presence in the London art world and is drawing artists from places as diverse as Australia, Azerbaijan, India, Italy, Korea, Japan and the United States, as well as all over Britain.

Artists over the age of 18, based in the UK or internationally, are invited to enter up to 4 works in any medium – painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, installation or video. They can enter by online submission before Thursday 16 April 2020. The entry fee is £15 per work or £12 per work for students.

The Exhibition of shortlisted artworks will be held at the historic Wells Cathedral, Somerset, and be open to the public from 11 July – 9 August 2020, 9am – 4.30pm daily. All exhibitors will be invited to the Private View on Friday 10 July 2020.

Prizes Details: 

The following prizes will be awarded:

RK Harrison Award: £2,000 awarded to one artist.

JGM Gallery Exhibition Prize: Up to 4 artists, including international artists, will be selected to take part in an exhibition in 2020 at the JGM Gallery in the heart of London’s new cultural quarter next to the Royal College of Art in London.

Parker Harris Mentoring Prize: Parker Harris will give a one-to-one mentoring session covering all aspects of professional development to a selected artist.

ChubbBulleid People’s Prize: Selected by visitors of the exhibition.

Next Generation Art Prize: A two-week solo exhibition at the Andelli Art Gallery, including a private view and social media support, will be awarded to an artist up to 30 years of age. Mentoring and advice on working with galleries, curation and artistic development will also be offered.



Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
£15 per work or £12 for students
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