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Wells Art Contemporary: WAC Awards 2019

An international open competition for contemporary visual art

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. 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.

 We are delighted to announce that 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

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.

In addition, artists will be able to submit proposals for a unique installation opportunity to create interventions installed in eight different parts  of Wells Cathedral. Proposals may be either individual or collaborative and should reference or grow out of the Cathedral’s history, its material fabric, or the multitude of ways in which it is used today[ . Eligible media includes sound, light, performance, projection and site-specific artwork, and artists are encouraged to embrace the cutting-edge in their proposals, in line with the resolutely contemporary nature of the WAC Awards. Applications for this additional opportunity must be made separately to applications for the WAC Awards: apply online via wac_installations.artopps.co.uk by 5pm on Monday 15 May 2019.

Applications for the WAC Awards 2019 must be made online viawac.artopps.co.uk and must be completed by 5pm on Monday 15 May 2019. Rules & Guidelines along with a detailed selection of FAQs can be found at wac.artopps.co.uk.

 

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Starts
Thursday 28 February, 2019
Ends
Wednesday 15 May, 2019
Venue
Wells Cathedral
Venue Address
Wells
Location

South West, Wells

Website
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Category
Call for Artists