Wells Art Contemporary is an open competition for UK and international contemporary visual art that has gained praise and respect in Britain and abroad. It was established in 2012 by a group of artists and their friends in Wells, the beautiful cathedral city in the South-West of England.

Following an international open call, the 2018 Wells Art Contemporary Awards received an astounding 1397 submissions from 26 different countries. Submissions have now been judged by our expert panel comprising artists Caroline WalkerTali Lennox, Peter Randall-Page, Julian Wild, photographer Harry Borden, and Director of Exhibitions at Chelsea Space, Donald Smith. Shortlisted works will be exhibited at the historic Bishop’s Palace & Gardens in Wells, Somerset from 6-21 October 2018 and are available to view online here. The exhibition is open daily from from 10am-6pm and The Bishop's Palace has agreed to give 20% reduction on Entry to WAC for local people from 4.30pm daily, and free entry from 4.30pm for students.

Please click here to view the 2018 Wells Art Contemporary Prizewinners, announced on 12 October at The Bishop’s Palace, Wells.


As part of the 2018 exhibition, WAC will be running a series of forums throughout October 2018. Led by Robin Sewell, Forum Chair, Artist, and University Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, the discussions will enrich the viewing experience and explore the themes and materials present in the 2018 shortlisted works. The ticket price of £10.00 includes entrance to the Bishop’s Palace and WAC exhibition. Please visit www.bishopspalace.org.uk for forum times, additional information and to book your place.


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