Autumn, 2020 – Coming to your screens, laptops, iPads and tablets!
The Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) exhibition was planned for this Summer in the Cathedral but this, of course, was put on hold by the Coronavirus pandemic. However, the WAC team have some exciting news.
They have just secured a £5,300 grant from Arts Council England towards the production of a virtual exhibition for WAC2020.
“This is a fantastic affirmation of the original aim of WAC which was to help support both established and emerging artists, more important now than ever,” says Paddy O’ Hagan, chair of WAC.
For the past eight years, shortlisted works of art submitted to the open WAC competition has resulted in an exhibition at a prestigious venue. Last year, Wells Cathedral provided the magnificent backdrop and plans were full steam ahead to return for 2020.
Adapting to these challenging times, the WAC team has re-thought the way forward for this year. The result is a win-win for successful artists, and also for sponsors of the exhibition.
“This amazing grant from Arts Council England provides us with the means for an experiential, interactive virtual exhibition in September,” explains Paddy. “For artists, it is a unique chance to have their work viewed all over the world, accessed via laptops, ipads, tablets, mobile phones and so on. Likewise, it presents us with additional, creative opportunities for sponsors to get involved.”
“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.”
The entry date for art submissions has been extended until 1st August 2020. Full details for online applications are available via wac.artopps.co.uk.
For exhibition updates and sponsorship opportunities, visit wellsartcontemporary.co.uk
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