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Call for entries Wells Art Contemporary 2024 - Gallery Show

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Wells Are Contemporary is calling for entires for the Gallery Show for its 14th edition, based within the stunning setting of Wells Art Cathedral. 

WAC allows UK and international artists to put their work before a prestigious panel of judges. Selected entries are exhibited in the remarkable Gothic spaces of Wells Cathedral and seen by up to 50,000 people annually. They are automatically entered for a wide range of awards, including cash prizes, a residency, mentoring and more. Work may be offered for sale.


The WAC Gallery is a unique exhibition space installed along three sides of Wells Cathedral’s Cloisters, where a white-wall gallery is built to display work. It forms part of the main visitor route round the Cathedral and can be very busy, especially in summer.

Artwork in any medium will be considered for exhibition in the Gallery Show, including painting, drawing, sculpture, print, photo, video, digital, textile, mixed media, and more.

The Gallery Show will be selected by three distinguished artists:

  • Tessa Coleman, a figurative painter who uses representational subject matter to explore formal painterly concerns. She has exhibited regularly at the Threadneedle Art Prize and The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, as well as other gallery exhibitions both in the UK and internationally.
  • Katherine Jones RA, a contemporary British artist who combines painting and traditional printmaking techniques. Jones is a visiting lecturer in Fine Art and Printmaking across the UK and Europe, and her work is held in the collections of the V&A Prints And Drawings Collection among others.
  • Shanti Panchal, known for his watercolour paintings, he studied at the Sir JJ School of Art, Bombay and Byam Shaw School of Art, London. Panchal has been an artist-in-residence at the British Museum and won the Second Prize at the John Ruskin Prize in 2019.

The deadline to enter the Gallery Show is Thursday 9th May 2024, 5pm.



Artists taking part in Wells Art Contemporary 2024 – both the Gallery Show and the Installation Showwill be entered to win a wide range of prizes:

  • Howden Art Award£2,000 awarded to one artist selected by Howden Group.
  • NG Art Creative Residency Award: a two-week placement at the NG Art Creative Residency & Gallery in Provence, South of France, including board and lodging, studio space, mentorship and outings.
  • JGM Gallery Prize: works by selected artists will be showcased online by JGM Gallery.
  • Student Prize: £1,000 awarded to a current fine art student aged under 26 by Tracey Grace.
  • Parker Harris Mentoring Prizea one-to-one mentoring session covering all aspects of professional development to a selected artist.
  • Somerset Art Works Prize: a one-to-one mentoring session with Somerset Art Works.
  • People’s Choice Prize: £500 awarded to one artist selected by visitors of the exhibition.
  • St Cuthberts Mill Award: 20 sheets of Saunders Waterford 300gsm worth over £120.


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