WAC Awards 2018: Shortlist Announced

Wells Art Contemporary, a leading open exhibition for international contemporary art, is proud to announce the artists selected for the 2018 exhibition. 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.  

The 118 shortlisted artists are as follows:

Edwin Aitken / Polly Alexander / Jonathan Alibone / Candace Bahouth / Tim Bailey / Zoe Barker / Patrick Barker / Lucy Baxendale / Jean Baynham / Amanda Benson / Isobel Brigham / Ian Bruce / Marian Bruce / Thomas Cameron / Pablo Castaneda Santana / Kristina Chan / Minyoung Choi / Jade Chorkularb / Lara Cobden / Stephanie Conway / Julie D Cooper / Robert Creighton / Richard Crooks / David Cuthbert / Una D’Aragona / Chris Daniels / Toni Davey / India Dewar / Lawrence Dicks / Paul Dignan / Helen Dixon / Steve Dodd / Jazmin Donaldson / Hamish Duncan / Jim Dunkley / Chris Dunseath / Saliha Elhoussaini / Mark Entwisle / Jaana Fowler / Janie George / Richard Graville / Laura Green / Rosie Greenhaigh / Martyn Grimmer / Frances Gynn / Henry Hagger / John Hainsworth / Habib Hajallie / Ashley Hanson / Lee Hardman / Alexandra Harley / JMC Hayes / Jack Hicks / Sam Hodge / Mark Houghton / Yunhsin Hsu/ Zhongwen Hu / Rob Irving / Beverley Isaacs / Christopher Jones / Lesley Jones / Judith Jones / Jarik Jongman / Jack Kettlewell / Ahae Kim / Sophie Knight / Keith Knight / Natalia Kwiatkowska / Camilla Laing-Tate / Peter Lazare / Maggie Learmonth / Renata Lefel / J. (Jie) Li / Zi Ling / Rebecca Lisle / Hywel Livingstone / Katherine Lubar / Annabel Ludovici / Katia Lyubavskaya / Daniel Maccarthy / Steven MacIver / Joy C Martindale / Rachel McDonnell / Ian Middleton / Jenny Morse / Isobel Napier / Jennifer Anne Norman / Mahali O’Hare / Jitka Palmer / Ikesha Patrick / Monica Perez Vega / Maya Ramsay / Jenny Ross / Julian Rowe / Carl Rowe / Angela Rumble / Diana Savostaite / Robin Sewell / Noga Shatz / Kate Sherman / Philip Sinden / Tania Skeaping / Sian Smith / Roger Stephens / Andre Stitt / Annie Suganami / Jason Sumray/ Diana Taylor / Mircea Teleaga / David Theobald / Tomas Tichy / Kirsten Van Schreven / Sigrid Van Woudenberg / Felicity Warbrick / Peter Webster / Paul White / Susan Angharad Williams

Spanning painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation and video, the selected works will be shown at the historic Bishop’s Palace & Gardens in Wells, Somerset, from 6 - 21 October 2018, and prizes - which include cash, exhibition and professional development prizes - will be presented at a private ceremony on Friday 12 October 2018.

One artist will receive the RK Harrison Award of £1,000, and up to four artists will be awarded the JGM Gallery Exhibition Prize which will see them present work in a group show at the London-based Gallery in 2019.  Three Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Dorset or Wiltshire based artists will be awarded the DAC Beachcroft Space Prize, through which they will have the opportunity to show their work at the Space in early 2019. Furthermore, one artist will be awarded the Parker Harris Mentoring Prize, which includes 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 visitors to the exhibition at the Bishop’s Palace & Gardens. 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 in Somerset, including a private view and social media support.  Mentoring and advice on working with galleries, curation and artistic development will also be offered.