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Wells Art Contemporary Awards 2016


September 05, 2016

Opportunity Cover Image - Wells Art Contemporary Awards 2016

The WAC Awards is an international visual arts competition.

The WAC Awards is an open competition for contemporary visual art that is gaining praise and respect in Britain and abroad. It was established five years ago by a group of artists and their friends in Wells, the beautiful cathedral city in the South-West of England. But an idea that came to life around kitchen and dining tables has already established a strong presence in the London art world and is drawing artists from places as diverse as Australia, Azerbaijan, India, Italy, Korea, Japan and the United States, as well as all over Britain.

Entry fee

The entry fee is £16 per work (£12 for current students).

Who may enter

The competition is open to artists from all over the world.

Submission Deadlines

Submissions open: 4:00pm Monday 9 May 2016

Submissions close: 4:00pm Monday 5 September 2016

Online shortlist selection notification: 6:00pm Tuesday 13 September 2016

Entry Information

Up to 3 works may be submitted, the entry fee is £16 per work (£12 for current students). Entries for 2016 can be any medium - painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation or video. There are no size restrictions.

We regret that we cannot exhibit digital work unless all necessary equipment is provided by the artist (for example: monitors, screens, DVD players, headphones etc)

Receiving Days for Selected Work

Friday 30 September 2016: 10am to 4pm
Saturday 1 October 2016: 10am to 4pm
The Bishop's Barn, Silver Street, Wells, Somerset, BA5 1UN

Exhibition Dates

Open to the public: 8-22 October 2016 inclusive

Opening times: 10am - 4:30pm


After reading the rules of entry, go to the official website, and follow this 3 steps:

  • Step 1: Register
  • Step 2: Make the Entry Fee Payment
  • Step 3: Send Your Entries

Selection Process

Work will be subject to selection. The judges' decision will be final.

  1. Last date of entry, Monday 5 September 2016 at 4:00pm. Selections will receive notification by 6:00pm on 13 September 2016.
  2. Selected works to be submitted to The Bishop's Barn, Silver Street, Wells, Somerset, BA5 1UN on Friday 30 September 2016 or Saturday 1 October 2016, 10am to 4pm.
  3. Work may fall into the category of 'selected but not hung', as the hanging will finalised by the curator.
  4. All work accepted will be seen and assessed by the judges, even if not hung.
  5. Selected work will be on display until the end of the exhibition. Work will need to be collected at the conclusion of the exhibition. All works to be collected from The Bishop's Barn on Sunday 23 or Monday 24 October between 10am and 4pm.
  6. All exhibited work will be for sale unless otherwise indicated by the artist. Commission of 25% is due to Wells Art Contemporary on sale.
  7. All artists will be required to have read, understood, and agreed to all the terms and conditions in the Artist's Waiver.

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Publish Date
May 24, 2016


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