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. An idea that came to life around kitchen and dining tables has already established a strong presence in the London, national and international 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 UK.
This year WAC have collaborated with Cass Art to offer a very special discount to every artist that enters Wells Art Contemporary 2020!*
*Please note that this discount code will be issued after the entry deadline on 1 August 2020.
Entry is by online submission through this website and the deadline for entry is 1 August 2020.
All entrants are asked to ensure they have read all Rules and Guidelines before entering.
All artists based in the UK or internationally, who are over the age of 18 on the 1st January 2020 are invited to apply. A third party may also submit work on the artists behalf with the full permission of the artist.
Artists may enter up to four works.
Entries can be any medium – painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, installation or video.
There is no size restriction on work submitted.
We have collaborated with Cass Art to offer a very special discount to every artist that enters Wells Art Contemporary 2020!
Entry Fee is £15 per work or £12 per work for current students.
All of our very generous prize givers are still supporting us and all of the Prizes that have been promised to the winning artists will still be awarded. We have endeavoured to increase the Prizes this year and have so far raised an extra £2,000 in prize money to be divided equally amongst four winners, including two students, as well as more in kind, to extend the Prizes already available to artists. More details on these will be available soon. We plan to hold the Awards Ceremony online in line with the Exhibition and again we will share the details in due course.
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 Arts Council England are not only endorsing WAC, but are supporting us financially to organise a Virtual Exhibition in the Autumn. Once the artwork has been chosen by our panel of selectors, the Exhibition will be curated by the WAC team. We are working on adding video clips from selectors and prize givers, a guided tour and even some Cathedral music to create a truly unique and special virtual experience. As well as showing the Exhibition online, we are hoping to display the Exhibition on a screen within the Cathedral so that when they are open to visitors, they too will be able to enjoy the shortlisted work.
In addition, we are creating a facility to sell all the artists’ artwork online and we are building a network of supporters to help raise awareness and most importantly create sales. We will still be producing a fully illustrated catalogue, which will be sent to every artist in the Exhibition as well as to past and potential buyers through our networks. We understand the importance of this Catalogue to artists as a physical archive of your success in being selected.
A panel of distinguished artists will form the selection panel. We are delighted to announce that the 2020 panel are:
|Submissions deadline||1 August 2020|
|Artists notified of judges decision||24 August 2020|
|Artists confirm selected work information||28 August 2020|
|Virtual Exhibition opens||1 October 2020|
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