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Wells Art Contemporary: WAC Awards 2019

Open to artists working in painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, installation or video, the WAC Awards aims to stimulate debate, challenge and provoke, pushing the boundaries of the visual arts scene both nationally and internationally.

The Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) Awards is an international open competition for contemporary visual arts which has already established a strong presence in the London art world and which is drawing artists from places as diverse as Australia, Azerbaijan, India, Italy, Korea, Japan and the United States.

The 2019 shortlisted works will be exhibited at an exciting new venue, Wells Cathedral, set in the medieval heart of England’s smallest city. The exhibition will take place from 20 July – 11 August 2019, and those selected will be eligible for a wide range of awards which include a cash prize, exhibition prizes and professional development opportunities.

One artist will receive the RK Harrison Award, which this year has increased to £2,000, whilst up to four artists will be awarded the JGM Gallery Exhibition Prize which will see them exhibiting in a group show at the Gallery in 2020.

One artist will be awarded the Parker Harris Mentoring Prize, providing he or she with the opportunity to take part in a one-to-one mentoring session covering all aspects of professional development.

The ChubbBulleid People’s Prize will be awarded to the artist whose work is most favoured by the thousands of visitors to the exhibition at Wells Cathedral. Finally, one artist up to 30 years of age will receive the Next Generation Art Prize, awarded by Andelli Art. The prize consists of a two week solo exhibition at the gallery, including a private view and social media support.

WAC Awards 2019 – Fees

The fee is £15 per work or £12 for students.