Wells Art Contemporary 2022

Wells Art Contemporary 2022


The Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) 2022 is now calling for entries!

Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) is an international competition giving artists the opportunity to exhibit their work in Wells Cathedral, win a wide range of prizes, and be selected by distinguished judges. The competition is open to all artists over the age of 18, working around the world in all mediums and styles.

WAC provides two ways for artists to exhibit their work: artworks in the Cathedral cloisters; and installations within the Cathedral and its grounds. A highlight of the city’s cultural life, attracting thousands of visitors each year, the WAC exhibition will take place in July and August 2022.

All shortlisted artists will be in the running to win generous awards, including cash prizes, a residency in Provence, France, gallery feature opportunities, one-on-one mentoring, and more. A prestigious panel of artists will select the WAC 2022 shortlist: Matthew Burrows MBE, contemporary artist and founder of the Artist Support Pledge; Dale Lewis, contemporary painter represented by Edel Assanti, and Nana Shiomi, artist-printmaker whose work is held in collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum.

The entry fee is £15 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.

Now in its 11th year, WAC draws thousands of entries from artists wishing to show their work in such unusual, inspirational and prestigious spaces. The competition’s international reputation and reach has grown hugely in recent years through the exhibition’s presence online. Antony Gormley has recently chosen to exhibit a work in niche 338 on the Cathedral’s West front.

For more information and to enter, click here.

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Sunday 22nd May: The Cathedral will be holding a special service of Thanksgiving for the Platinum Jubilee at 3pm to which all are warmly invited. There will be restricted access to visitors from 1.30pm, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.