Deadline: 16 April 2020

Wells Art Contemporary was established in 2012 by a group of artists and their friends in Wells, the cathedral city in the South-West of England. 

The Wells Art Contemporary Awards is an international open competition for contemporary visual arts, and is open to artists working in painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, installation or video.

The Awards aim to stimulate debate, challenge and provoke, pushing the boundaries of the visual arts scene both nationally and internationally. 

Artists over the age of 18, based in the UK or internationally, are invited to enter up to 4 works in any medium – painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, installation or video. The entry fee is £15 per work or £12 per work for students.

The following prizes will be awarded:

  • RK Harrison Award : £2,000 awarded to one artist
  • JGM Gallery Exhibition Prize : Up to 4 artists, including international artists, will be selected to take part in an exhibition in 2020 at the JGM Gallery in the heart of London’s new cultural quarter next to the Royal College of Art in London
  • Parker Harris Mentoring Prize : Parker Harris will give a one-to-one mentoring session covering all aspects of professional development to a selected artist
  • ChubbBulleid People’s Prize : Selected by visitors of the exhibition
  • Next Generation Art Prize : A two-week solo exhibition at the Andelli Art Gallery, including a private view and social media support, will be awarded to an artist up to 30 years of age. Mentoring and advice on working with galleries, curation and artistic development will also be offered
  • 3 x Materials bundle Prize : Generously donated by Cass Art

The Exhibition of shortlisted artworks will be held at the historic Wells Cathedral, Somerset, and be open to the public from 11 July – 9 August 2020.

For more information and to enter, please visit

Pictured: 'First Light' by Sara Lee (2019 exhibitor)