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Deadline: 25 May 2021
Open to: artists over the age of 18 working in any medium
Awards: 2,000 GBP awarded to one artist


WAC Awards is an open competition for contemporary visual art that is gaining 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. An idea that came to life around kitchen and dining tables has already established a strong presence in the London, national and international 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 UK.

Wells Art Contemporary welcomes submissions from artists over the age of 18 working in any medium. Selected artists will have their work shown in the iconic Wells Cathedral as well as in a dedicated virtual gallery on the Wells Art Contemporary website.

Please click here to enter. If you are submitting an installation proposal please read all the entry information before entering. You can find images of past installations, a map of the installation sites and the Cathedral’s health and safety guidelines here. Please download and read these before applying.


All artists based in the UK or internationally, who are over the age of 18 on the 1st January 2021 are invited to apply. A third party may also submit work on the artists behalf with the full permission of the artist.

Artists may enter up to four works. Artists can use the online entry form on this site to enter any work, including an installation proposal.

Entries can be any medium – painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, installation or video.

There is no size restriction on work submitted.

To complete your application you will need to enter:

  • An image of your work (no more than 1MB)
  • The title, medium, dimensions and price (please take into account WAC’s commission of 40%) of your work

If you are submitting an installation proposal there is additional information you need to enter. Please click here to read all entry information before applying.

Entry Fee is £15 per work or £12 per work for current students.


If you are a student, you can use the code WAC21student at checkout to enter one work for free. The first 90 students to enter will receive this discount.

And if you are a student living or studying in Somerset, please use the code WAC21somersetstudent. There are 10 more free entry slots specifically for Somerset students, so the first 10 to submit a work can do so for free. Please note that students based in Somerset can use the WAC21student discount code if the WAC21somersetstudent discount code has expired.


A full list of prices will be announced shortly.

For further details on all the prizes please read the Rules and Guidelines.

How to apply?

For more information about the contest and how to apply please visit the official website.