Wells Art Contemporary Awards 2024 (The Gallery Show)

Opportunity type:  Award

For: Artists

Deadline: 09/05/24

Rewards: Up to £2000 cash prize + Residency

Location Eligibility: Worldwide

About this opportunity

The Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) Awards, held annually in the historic Wells Cathedral in Somerset, UK, stands as a beacon of innovation and creativity in the contemporary art world. This prestigious event not only showcases the latest in visual arts but also offers artists a unique platform to exhibit their work in one of Europe’s most beautiful cathedrals, renowned for its stunning Gothic architecture and spiritual ambiance. The WAC Awards attract submissions from across the globe, making it a truly international affair where artists have the opportunity to present their work before a distinguished panel of judges and to an audience that spans tens of thousands each year.


  • The Howden Art Award (£2,000 for one artist)
  • The NG Art Creative Residency Award (a two-week placement in Provence, including board, lodging, and mentorship).
  • The JGM Gallery Prize (showcasing selected artists online).
  • A Student Prize (£1,000 to a fine art student under 26).
  • The Parker Harris Mentoring Prize (professional development session).
  • The Somerset Art Works Prize (mentoring session).
  • The People’s Choice Prize (£500 awarded by visitor votes).
  • The St Cuthbert’s Mill Award (20 sheets of Saunders Waterford 300gsm paper).
  • Twenty £200 bursaries will be awarded to selected installation artists.


  • The Competition is open to all artists based in the UK or internationally.
  • Over the age of 18 years old on 1 January 2024.

Entry Fee

£20 per work or £12 per work for current fine art students aged under 26 who are enrolled in a recognised Bachelor or Masters Fine Arts course. 

How to Apply

Apply using the link: WAC Awards

All questions regarding this award should be sent to wellsartcontemporary2020@gmail.com.


May 09 2024

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