The WAC Awards is an international visual arts competition.

The WAC Awards is an open competition for contemporary visual art that is gaining praise and respect 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. But an idea that came to life around kitchen and dining tables 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.



Deadline for entry is Monday 2 July 2018: 5:00pm

Submission is via online entry.


The competition is open to all artists aged 18 and over and from all over the UK and the world.


Artists may enter up to three works.

Entries can be any medium – painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation or video. Work should not exceed 2m in any dimension when framed.

We regret that we cannot exhibit digital work unless all necessary equipment is provided by the artist (for example: monitors, screens, DVD players, headphones etc)


Entry Fee is £15 per work or £12 per work for current students.


  • RK Harrison Award:  £1,000 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 2019 at the JGM Gallery in the heart of London’s new cultural quarter next to the Royal College of Art in London.
  • DAC Beachcroft Space Prize*: an opportunity for 3 artists to show their work at DAC Beachcroft Space with the offices in centre of Bristol in January and February 2019. This Prize is only open to artists based in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.
  • 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 to the exhibition.
  • Next Generation Art Prize: Andelli Art is proud to offer the ‘Next Generation Art Prize’, recognising and supporting the talents of an artist up to 30 years of age. The prize consists of a two week solo exhibition at the gallery, including a private view and social media support. Mentoring and advice on working with galleries, curation and artistic development will also be offered.

For further details on all the prizes please read the Rules and Guidelines

* Please tick the box on the Entry Form if you wish to be considered for this Prize.


The Exhibition will be held at the historic Bishop’s Palace & Gardens in Wells, Somerset.

The Exhibition will be open to the public: 6-21 October 2018
Opening times: 10am – 6pm

All exhibitors will be invited to the Private View on 12 October 2018

Following the exhibition in Wells, we are delighted to announce that a smaller selected exhibition of paintings and sculpture will be presented at the Gainsborough Hotel in Bath.  Artists selected for this exhibition will be contact by Parker Harris directly to confirm all details.


A panel of distinguished artists will form the selection panel.  The panel will include:

Caroline Walker


Harry Borden


Donald Smith

Director of Exhibitions, Chelsea Space

Julian Wild


Peter Randall-Page


Tali Lennox



Submissions deadlineMonday 2 July 2018: 5:00pm 
Artists notified of judges decisionFriday 20 July 2018
Delivery of artwork to Bishop's Palace, WellsSunday 30 September 2018: 10.30am to 4pm
Delivery of artwork to Bishop's Palace, WellsMonday 1 October 2018: 10.30am to 4pm
Exhibition opens to the publicSaturday 6 October 2018: 10am - 4.30pm
PV and Prize AnnouncementFriday 12 October 2018
Exhibition closesSunday 21 October 2018
Collection of unsold artwork from Bishop's PalaceTuesday 23 October 2018: 10.30am to 4pm
Collection of unsold artwork from Bishop's PalaceWednesday 24 October 2018: 10.30am to 4pm

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