The Competition is open to all artists based in the UK or internationally and over the age of 18 years old on 1st January 2020.


We encourage installations made specifically for a site within the Cathedral. Only submit Installations and Interventions conceived within the last 5 years will be considered.

Work that does not fit within the following Conditions of Entry will not be admissible and will not be considered for exhibition. WAC shall retain full and sole discretion over every question as to the admissibility or otherwise of any given work. The following are examples (without limitation) of inadmissible works:

  • Copies of original works
  • Works that are in breach of copyright (or reasonably considered by the Company to create a risk of infringing upon a copyright
  • Work, that in the reasonable view of the Company, contain noxious or toxic substances, are flammable below 50°C or incorporate dangerous electrical equipment or are otherwise considered inconsistent with safe exhibition, handling or storage
  • Work, that in the reasonable view of the Company, is likely to breach the Racial and Religious Hatred Act, 2006
  • Work that breaches the Cathedral health and safety guidelines.


In order to enter the competition, all entrants shall complete an online application form at and follow all directions therein. All images uploaded for the purposes of completing the entry process shall not be manipulated or otherwise artificially or digitally enhanced by the Artist.


The judges shall be appointed by WAC in such number and of such qualification as it sees fit at its sole discretion. The Judges’ decision shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into. All works will be judged anonymously and there will be no segregation by country, genre or style etc.


Delivery to and from the Cathedral and installation and take down of the work are the responsibility of the artist.

Please note that all materials and equipment for installations have to be provided by the artist and all electronic equipment will be PAT tested on site (WAC will arrange this). Help transporting your work within the grounds and Cathedral can be arranged. You will be carefully guided during the installation of your work.

All dates for delivery, installation and deinstall will be available as soon as the exhibition dates are confirmed.


The exhibition will be open daily at Wells Cathedral and will be invigilated between 9am – 4.30pm.


Works selected for exhibition may be offered for sale. WAC will levy 40% commission on all works sold during the exhibitions or afterwards directly as a result of the WAC Awards both at the exhibitions and on the website. Artists must make sure that their sale price includes the commission.


  • 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:  £500 award selected by visitors to the exhibition.
  • Next Generation Art Prize*:  Andelli Art’s ‘Next Generation Art Prize’ recognises and supports the talents of artists of 30 years of age and under. The winner/s will be invited to participate in a two week group exhibition at the gallery in 2021, including a private view and social media support.
  • NG Residency Prize*: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 Eygalieres, Provence. This includes board and lodging, studio space, mentorship and residency-related outings.

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

* Please tick the box on the Entry Form if you wish to be considered for this Prize.


Whilst WAC shall use reasonable skill in all circumstances in handling artists’ works, occasional damage to works may occur. Wells Art Contemporary or their contractors shall have no liability whatsoever for any loss, damage or destruction (including loss of profits or any other consequential loss, indirect or incidental losses) to, or relating to, a work of art submitted for exhibition unless such loss arises as a direct result of negligence by WAC. It is highly recommended that the exhibiting artists insure with a reputable insurance company their works of art for their market value.

Each artist, by entering the Wells Art Contemporary Art Installation Award confirms that they hold all intellectual property rights in the work and that they have obtained prior written approval for the use of any third party copyrighted material contained in the submitted work. Artists will allow the work to be photographed and reproduced by WAC for the purposes of promoting the exhibition including; catalogue, press and publicity and websites in all territories. Copyright of all works remains the property of the artist. Any enquiries for copyright will be referred to the artist.


In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 (and all other relevant Data Protection legislation), WAC will hold the personal data of artists supplied on the Entry Form securely. The data will only be used in the process of administering the Wells Art Contemporary Art Awards and will not be transferred to any third party not directly involved in this Exhibition.


By entering the Wells Art Contemporary Art Awards, artists are agreeing to all of the within Conditions of entry. WAC’s decision on all matters pertaining to the above is final. WAC reserves the right, at any time, and from time to time to amend, modify, vary, or discontinue the terms of this competition.

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