Wells Art Contemporary

Opportunity type: Award

For: Different creatives

Deadline: 10/05/23

Rewards: Up to £2000 + NG art creative residency + JGM gallery prize + student prize + more

Location Eligibility: Worldwide

About this opportunity

 Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) is an international art competition giving artists the opportunity to exhibit their work in Wells Cathedral and receive a wide range of prizes. WAC provides two ways for artists to exhibit and sell work: the Gallery Show, where artworks are shown in a traditional gallery within the Cathedral cloisters; and the Installation Show which showcases site-specific installations in the main body of the Cathedral itself and its grounds. Both shows run concurrently.


  • Howden Art Award:  £2,000 awarded to one artist
  • NG Art Creative Residency*:  The NG Art Creative Residency Prize aims to discover and celebrate emerging and established creative talents from a variety of disciplines. The Prize Winner will receive a free two-week placement at the NG Art Creative Residency in Provence. This includes board and lodging, studio space, mentorship, and residency-related outings.
  • JGM Gallery Prize*: The winner of the JGM Gallery Prize will be featured on the gallery’s own website and social media channels. A selection of the winner’s works will be on display and for sale on the gallery website and promoted across their social media – including an artist interview to be posted on their Youtube channel.
  • Student Prize:  £1,000 awarded to a current fine art student aged under 26 enrolled in a recognised Bachelor or Masters Fine Arts course. Generously donated by Tracey Grace.
  • Parker Harris Mentoring Prize*:  Parker Harris will give a one-to-one mentoring session covering all aspects of professional development to a selected artist.
  • Somerset Art Works Mentoring Prize: one-to-one mentoring session covering all aspects of professional development to a selected artist.
  • St Cuthberts Mill Award: 20 sheets of Saunders Waterford 300gsm worth over £120 will be awarded to an artist who works on paper.
  • People’s Choice Prize:£500 will be awarded to the artwork which received the most public votes.


Open worldwide to all artists over the age of 18.

Entry Fee


How to Apply

Apply using the link: https://new.artopps.co.uk/opportunities/Wells-Art-Contemporary2023


All questions regarding this grant should be emailed to madeleine@wellsartcontemporary.co.uk. 



May 10 2023

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