WAC Awards 2018

Wells Art Contemporary, a leading open exhibition for international contemporary art. Following an international open call, 123 works by 118 artists were selected from a total of 1,397 submissions from 26 different countries, the highest number of entries in the history of the Awards. The selection was made by a panel of leading figures from the art world including Caroline Walker, artist; Harry Borden, artist; Donald Smith, Director of Exhibitions, Chelsea Space; Julian Wild, artist; Peter Randall-Page, artist, and Tali Lennox, artist.  Click here to review the 118 shortlisted artists.

Spanning painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation and video, the selected works were shown at the historic Bishop’s Palace & Gardens in Wells, Somerset, from 6 - 21 October 2018, and prizes - which included cash, exhibition and professional development prizes - RK Harrison Award of £1,000; four artists awarded the JGM Gallery Exhibition Prize in a group show at the London-based Gallery 20 January to 2 March 2019. The Parker Harris Mentoring Prize, which includes one-to-one mentoring session covering all aspects of professional development. The ChubbBulleid People’s Prize awarded to the artist whose work was most favoured by visitors to the exhibition at the Bishop’s Palace & Gardens. Finally, one artist up to 30 years of age received the Next Generation Art Prize, awarded by Andelli Art. The prize consisted of a two week solo exhibition at the gallery in Somerset, including a private view, social media support, mentoring and advice on working with galleries, curation and artistic development.