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.
Wells Art Contemporary welcomes submissions from artists over the age of 18 working in any medium. Selected artists will have their work shown in the iconic Wells Cathedral as well as in a dedicated virtual gallery on the Wells Art Contemporary website.
Please click here to enter. If you are submitting an installation proposal please read all the entry information before entering. You can find images of past installations, a map of the installation sites and the Cathedral’s health and safety guidelines here. Please download and read these before applying.
Entry is by online submission through this website and the deadline for entry is 25 May 2021
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 2021 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. Artists can use the online entry form on this site to enter any work, including an installation proposal.
Entries can be any medium – painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, installation or video.
Unless you are submitting an installation proposal works should be no more than 2.5m high and 3.5m wide. There is no size restriction for installations.
To complete your application you will need to enter:
If you are submitting an installation proposal there is additional information you need to enter. Please click here to read all entry information before applying.
Entry Fee is £15 per work or £12 per work for current students.
**DISCOUNTED ENTRY FOR THE FIRST 100 STUDENTS**
If you are a student, you can use the code WAC21student at checkout to enter one work for free. The first 90 students to enter will receive this discount.
And if you are a student living or studying in Somerset, please use the code WAC21somersetstudent. There are 10 more free entry slots specifically for Somerset students, so the first 10 to submit a work can do so for free. Please note that students based in Somerset can use the WAC21student discount code if the WAC21somersetstudent discount code has expired.
A full list of prices will be announced shortly.
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.
** Please note that this prize can only be awarded to artists living in Somerset. Please tick the box on the entry form if you are eligible and wish to be considered for this prize.
We are delighted to announce that this year the exhibition will open at the iconic Wells Cathedral and will also be shown in a dedicated online gallery.
In conjunction with Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) and Project Factory CIC, Wells Cathedral is collaborating with Antony Gormley to produce a new work that will be exhibited on the West Front of the Cathedral. The piece will be loaned by the Artist and on display from the end of August 2021, coinciding with the opening of Wells Art Contemporary.
If you are selected you will need to send us a high res image of your work and a work statement by 5th July 2021.
A panel of distinguished artists forms our selection panel.
|Submissions deadline||25 May 2021|
|Artists notified of judges decision||25 June 2021|
|Deadline for selected artists to confirm selected work information and provide a high res image and work statement||5 July 2021|
|Virtual Exhibition open||2 August - 26 September|
|Private View at Wells Cathedral||27 August 2021|
|Exhibition open at Wells Cathedral||28 August - 26 September 2021|
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