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 Wednesday 15 May 2019

Submission is via online entry only.


The competition is open to all artists aged 18 and over based in the UK or internationally.


Artists may enter up to four works.

Entries can be any medium – painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, installation or video. 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).

There is no size restriction and WAC would like to encourage artists to enter large works.*

* If you would like to use Art Moves courier service from London they cannot accept work over 2m.

**There is the opportunity to exhibit site-specific large installations in this years exhibition. Further information to be found here:


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


  • 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 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.
  • 3 x Materials bundle Prize: Generously donated by Cass Art
  • Watercolour Bundle 

    Acrylic Bundle

    Oil Bundle 

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.

We are delighted to announce that Cass Art will be offering all applicants an exclusive  20% discount on your next order, plus free delivery within the UK. Further details and instructions will be circulated after the deadline.


The Exhibition will be held at the historic Wells Cathedral, Somerset.

The Exhibition will be open to the public: 20 July – 11 August 2019

Opening times: 9am – 4.30pm daily.

All exhibitors will be invited to the Private View on Friday 19 July 2019.


A panel of distinguished artists will form the selection panel.

Olivia Bax


Dominic Beattie


Sam Belinfante


Jessa Fairbrother


Alexis Harding


Katherine Jones



Submissions deadlineWednesday 15 May 2019 at 5pm 
Artists notified of judges decisionFriday 7 June 2019
Selected artists high res images and catalogue content dueWednesday 12 June 2019
Delivery of artwork to Wells CathedralFriday 12 July 2019, 10.30am - 4pm
Delivery of artwork to Wells CathedralSaturday 13 July 2019, 10.30am - 4pm
Exhibition opens to the public20 July - 11 August 2019 : 9am - 4.30pm daily
PV Friday 19 July, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Prize AnnouncementThursday 8 August, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Exhibition closesSunday 11 August 2019
Collection of unsold artwork from Wells Cathedral13 & 14 August 2019, 10am - 4pm daily

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