Our selector, artist Simon Periton, will be looking for innovative proposals, that will engage the audience in a broad range of experiences. The media considered include: sound, light, performance, projection and site-specific artwork in any medium.  Along with the vast potential of the Cathedral interior we also have extensive spaces outside the building in the form of the Palm Churchyard and the Camery Gardens.

The same rules and conditions apply to these installations and interventions as with all other accepted artworks in relation to promotion, WAC prizes, etc. You can make as many proposals as you wish and individual or collaborative proposals can be made. Links with the Cathedral’s very long sacred history, its material fabric or its current day usage are encouraged. WAC is a vanguard project for the Cathedral’s developing strategy of social and secular engagement. This openness extends to and beyond the local community towards national and international engagement. Beyond Simon’s selection and the specific placement of the work there are also considerations of access, health and safety and the content and context of the art piece set within this place of worship.

The selected artists will install the works, in accordance with the Cathedrals health and safety regulations, therefore we highly recommend applicants visit the Cathedral and familiarise themselves with the spaces on offer.

Visit the Cathedral:

Unfortunately, the Cathedral is currently closed in accordance with Government guidance.

Please contact robin.sewell@mac.com for further information and guidance with your submission or if you wish to visit and be shown around the site.


Entry Fee is £15 per work or £12 for students. The competition is open to all artists aged 18 and over based in the UK or internationally.

Deadline for entry is 20 May 2021 and submission is via online entry only.


Please submit the following via the online application form:

  • An image of your installation
  • Text to provide us with a clear and comprehensive description of what you are proposing. (300 words max)
  • How long you expect it will take to install and take down the work? (50 words max)
  • Which site/s in the Cathedral would be your preferred site? Please click here to download a guide to all available sites.
  • Provide a brief statement: 50 to 100 words specifically about the proposed work that will be a guide to the public if your work is shown
  • Links to your website or Instagram or video work online that supports your application.

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