Wells Art Contemporary Awards 2023

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Wells Art Contemporary Awards 2023

Wells Art Contemporary Awards 2023 now is over!

Wells Art Contemporary Awards 2023: The Wells Art Contemporary Awards 2023, an open competition for contemporary visual art recently opened for entries invites all artists working in painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, installation or video to participate.

Short description

Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) is an international art competition giving artists the opportunity to exhibit their work in Wells Cathedral and receive a wide range of prizes.

Now in its 13th year, WAC’s next exhibition will take place in August 2023. This annual showcase is a highlight of Wells cultural life and attracts thousands of visitors each summer. Selected artists’ works will be seen by a significant and attentive audience.

Submissions can be in any medium or style.

It is open to artists working in painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, installation or video. Artists may enter up to 4 works.

The competition draws artists from around the world, wishing to show in such an inspirational, prestigious and unusual space. Its international reach and reputation has grown significantly in recent years through the exhibition’s online platform and WAC’s ongoing association with eminent artists.

WAC provides two ways for artists to exhibit and sell work: the Gallery show, where artworks are shown in a temporary white-wall gallery within the Cathedral cloisters; and the Installation Show which showcases site-specific installations in the main body of the Cathedral and its grounds. Both shows run concurrently.

Submission requirements:

There is no size restriction on work submitted. JPEG, TIFF and PNG file formats are acceptable. There is a maximum file size of 1MB. If you are selected organiser will request a larger image.

Who may enter?

All artists based in the UK or internationally, who are over the age of 18 on the 1st January 2023 are invited to apply.


Howden Art Award: 2,000 GBP
People’s Choice Prize: 500 GBP
Student Prize: 1,000 GBP awarded to a current fine art student aged under 26
NG Art Creative Residency: The Prize Winner will receive a free two-week placement at the NG Art Creative Residency in Eygalieres, Provence.

Entry fees:

The entry fee is £17.50 per work, or £10 per work for current fine art students aged under 26 who are enrolled on a recognised Bachelor or Masters Fine Arts course.

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