WELLS ART CONTEMPORARY 2022: CALL FOR ARTIST SUBMISSIONS
Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) is an international competition giving artists the opportunity to exhibit their work in Wells Cathedral, win a wide range of prizes, and be selected by distinguished judges. The competition is open to all artists over the age of 18, working around the world in all mediums and styles.
WAC provides two ways for artists to exhibit their work: artworks in the Cathedral cloisters; and installations within the Cathedral and its grounds. A highlight of the city’s cultural life, attracting thousands of visitors each year, the WAC exhibition will take place in July and August 2022.
All shortlisted artists will be in the running to win generous awards, including cash prizes, a residency in Provence, France, gallery feature opportunities, one-on-one mentoring, and more. A prestigious panel of artists will select the WAC 2022 shortlist: Matthew Burrows MBE, contemporary artist and founder of the Artist Support Pledge; Dale Lewis, contemporary painter represented by Edel Assanti, and Nana Shiomi, artist-printmaker whose work is held in collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum.
The entry fee is £15 per work or £10 per work for current fine art students aged under 26 who are enrolled on a recognised Bachelor or Masters Fine Arts course.
Now in its 11th year, WAC draws thousands of entries from artists wishing to show their work in such unusual, inspirational and prestigious spaces. The competition’s international reputation and reach has grown hugely in recent years through the exhibition’s presence online. Antony Gormley has recently chosen to exhibit a work in niche 338 on the Cathedral’s West front.
Wells Cathedral, completed in the 14th century, is the only entirely Gothic cathedral in Britain. It has an awe-inspiring interior with wide, high, uncluttered spaces, monumental scissor arches, a fan-vaulted octagonal Chapter House and some of the finest medieval stained glass in the country. On the Cathedral’s South side lie stone-carved, medieval cloisters adjacent to the Camery Garden. This a quiet, contemplative open space showing the remains of the earlier places of worship and a view of the famous springs of flowing water from which Wells takes its name.
Wells Art Contemporary allows artworks to be shown in two distinct areas. Work may be submitted into either, or both, of these parts of the competition. A specially-convened panel of established artists evaluates all entries before selecting works for the show. All submissions conforming to the practical guidelines below will be considered.
NOTE TO ARTISTS: Wells Cathedral is not a traditional art gallery but a place of spiritual and historic importance which receives thousands of visitors. WAC encourages all artists to respond imaginatively to the space while being alert to the challenges of installing and showing work in such an ancient building.
Artists are offered the opportunity to show their work in the Gallery which runs around the Cloisters, a vaulted medieval quadrangle surrounding an open courtyard on the South side of the Cathedral. The cloisters are part of the main visitor route round the building (see diagram below). A well-lit, white-wall gallery is specially built here to display work. Artwork in any medium will be considered, including 3D and video.
Artists wishing to submit work for the Gallery should note the following:
- Maximum dimensions for an individual work are 3.5m wide x 2.5m high x 2m deep
- Video artists must supply their own display equipment
- Artists may enter up to four works
- You must supply an image of your work (no more than 1MB) and the title, medium, dimensions and price (please take into account WAC’s commission of 40%).
All selected works are installed in the Gallery by our experienced team and will also appear in WAC’s Virtual Exhibition and Online Shop. Artists are encouraged to provide prices and edition sizes if copies or prints of their submission are available. Artists who are selected for the Gallery will be required to send their artwork – or deliver in person – either to our subsidised London-based storage and delivery partner, Art Moves of Chelsea, or directly to Wells Cathedral. See below for a delivery timetable.
The decision of WAC is final with regards to the selection and placing of any artwork.
The guidelines below apply only to work submitted to the Installations component of WAC. Please note that there is a different process for making installation entries: see below for more information.
Artists are invited to submit proposals for a site-specific installation or intervention in a chosen site anywhere within the Cathedral, the Chapter House, the Camery Garden or the Palm Courtyard. The selectors will be looking for ideas which respond to the architectural, spatial or spiritual aspects of the selected site. Not all of the spaces are grand. There are also intimate, almost secret, corners. Striking installations can make an enormous impact here. You are encouraged to be bold and imaginative.
The selectors will consider ideas in any medium and of any size. Your initial submission should outline
- Why you have chosen a particular space
- How your installation will respond to its site
- The size and nature of the proposed work
- The ideas you wish to communicate
- Please also submit an image of your installation
Artists should consider the Cathedral’s long sacred history, its material fabric and its continuing use as a place of worship and contemplation. A virtual view of the gallery is available here. In principle, very few of the Cathedral spaces are completely out of bounds if the work is right. However, please note that the installations will be subject to certain restrictions around access, safety and the protection of the building’s fabric.
We strongly urge you to visit the Cathedral in advance. Take photos, make sketches, get a feel of where your work will best engage with its audience. How it will stimulate a wide range of responses and experiences through sound, light, performance, projection or any other medium. Initial written proposals should be of maximum 300 words, concisely explaining the work so the selectors can ‘see’ and appreciate what you have in mind. All entries will be considered. The selectors will then compile a long-list of submissions for further development (see timetable below). Long-listed artists will be contacted by the WAC team with advice on producing a more detailed proposal along with consideration of what is feasible. Any restrictions relating to the fabric of the building and the safety of visitors can also be explored at this point. Where a visit is not possible we can send images, video, descriptions, measurements and technical information to help inform your plans. Bear in mind that reaching this stage does not itself guarantee a position in the show.
Long-listed artists will then be required to submit a final proposal for consideration by the selectors. This should include crisp, clear descriptions with dimensions, materials, sketches, digital mock-ups or maquettes, photographs, links to website/Instagram accounts/ video logs, etc. – anything practical, in fact, that will help our selectors to visualise your creative idea. These detailed proposals will be used by the selectors in making their final choice of works and their installed positions.
The decision of WAC is final with regards to the selection and placing of any artwork.
Delivery of Installations
All selected artworks must be delivered, installed and removed by the artist who is also responsible for any assistants they may require to achieve this. The WAC team will be available to advise and support the process, to make the installation as simple as possible. This may include advising on transport, access and physical infrastructure. Installation will take place from the 11 – 18 July 2022 by arrangement directly with the artists.
Entry is by online submission through this website and the deadline for entry is 5pm, Wednesday 4 May 2022.
All entrants are asked to ensure they have read all Rules and Guidelines before entering.
WHO CAN ENTER
All artists based in the UK or internationally, who are over the age of 18 on the 1st January 2022 are invited to apply. A third party may also submit work on the artists behalf with the full permission of the artist.
Entry Fee is £15 per work or £10 per work for current fine art students aged under 26 who are enrolled on a recognised Bachelor or Masters Fine Arts course.
- 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 Eygalieres, 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 on a recognised Bachelor or Masters Fine Arts course. Generously donated by Tracey Grace.
- Young Printmakers Prize (under 35 years): £500 to young printmaker. Generously supported by Nana Shiomi.**
- 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.
- Beyond Print Prize: £100 vouchers will be awarded to three artists for use of any of Beyond Print’s services (printing, mounting, framing, scanning etc).
- People’s Choice Prize: £500 will be awarded to the artist who received the most public votes.
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.
** Any printmaking technique (including Digital Print, Ink-jet print and 3D print) is acceptable.
A panel of distinguished artists forms our selection panel for the Gallery.
Selectors for the Installations include:
|Submissions deadline||5pm, Wednesday 4th May 2022|
|Gallery artists notified of judges decision||Monday 23rd May 2022|
|Installation artists notified of judges decision||Tuesday 31st May 2022|
|Selected Gallery artwork accepted for London storage||From 24th June to 12th July|
|Installation artworks installed by artists||From 11th to 18th July 2022|
|Selected Gallery artworks to be delivered to WAC at Wells Cathedral||15th and 16th July only|
|Private View||Friday 29th July 2022|
|Cathedral Show opens to the Public||From Saturday 30th July to Sunday 28th August 2022|
|Virtual exhibition of Gallery artworks||Saturday 30th July to Sunday 28th August 2022|
About: Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) is an international competition contemporary Art giving artists the opportunity to exhibit their work in Wells Cathedral, win a wide range of prizes, and be selected by distinguished judges. The art competition is open to all artists over the age of 18, working around the world in all mediums and styles.
Deadline for entry: 4 May 2022
Country: United Kingdom
Venue: WELLS CATHEDRAL, UK
• Howden Art Award: £2,000 awarded to one artist
• People’s Choice Prize: £500
• NG Art Creative Residency: The Prize Winner will receive a free two-week placement at the NG Art Creative Residency in Eygalieres, Provence.
Deadline: 8 April 2022;
Status: Applications are open.
Prizes: up to 4000 dollars in prizes.
Trout Museum of Art invites Wisconsin artists to submit new work for its annual
TMA Contemporary exhibition (formerly the SECURA Fine Arts Exhibition). Please
submit three images of the same work or images of up to three different works
(all in the same medium or each in different mediums).
IMPORTANT: three images are required to advance in your application. Even if they are the same image submitted three times.
*A BOOTH SHOT IS NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS SHOW. PLEASE DISREGARD BOOTH SHOT.*
WHAT WORK WILL BE CONSIDERED:
All forms of artwork will be considered including, but not limited to:
- social practice
- mixed media
- outdoor installation work
* NOTE: If submitting more than one artwork in different mediums please select “Other” in the Medium Catagory in the pages to follow.
Best in Show: $4,000 + solo exhibition at TMA + waived jury fee for following year’s application
Honorable Mentions (x3): $1,500 ($500 each)
- Work must have been completed in 2021-2022.
- Work selected will exemplify the Trout Museum of Art’s commitment to creating a safe space for all art practices. We want to see our best artists and community have meaningful conversations about art and compelling issues of our day.
- If there are specific installation needs for the work, please describe. Including pedestals, vitrines, technical audio-visual needs, special installation instructions, etc.
- If selected, work must be delivered to the Trout Museum of Art on one of the dates listed below. Shipping to and from the museum will be the responsibility of the artist.
- Artwork can be listed for sale at a price set by the artist – please note, the Trout Museum of Art will take a 35% commission on all sold work at the museum. Mark prices accordingly.
Artists whose work
has been accepted for the exhibition will be notified via email by 6:00 PM on
April 8, 2022.
Prior to acceptance results, applications will be juried by a committee of three professional members of our local and regional arts community.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Submissions Open: Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Submissions Close: Friday, February 25, 2022
Accepted Artist Notification: Friday, April 8, 2022
Accepted Artwork Drop-Off: April 8 – May 8 during regular museum hours (closed Mondays)
Opening Reception:__________ Saturday, May 28, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: Saturday, May 28 – Sunday, August 14
Artwork Pickup: August 15 – 24 (Monday – Friday ONLY 10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Average number of applications submitted each year:
Average number of artists selected from the jury to participate in the event:
Average number of exempt from jury artists who are invited to participate in the event:
How images are viewed by jurors:
Within a medium category, applications are sorted and viewed by:
Jurors score applications using the following scale:
1 – 10
Number of jurors scoring applications:
The show organizes the jurors for a:
Single jury panel that scores applications for all medium categories
Separately from various locations
Am I allowed to observe the jury process?
Jury process is closed
30 June 2022
Status: Applications are open
Prizes: up to 3000 pounds in prizes.
Country: United Kingdom
Application Deadline: 30th June 2022 (23:59 BST)
The Sunny Art Prize is sponsored by Art Council England and has established itself as one of the UK’s most prestigious international art competitions. The scope of this contemporary art prize is about sourcing the most talented artists from all over the world, both established and emerging, who produce ground-breaking and innovative artworks. We select artists who work with a wide range of media, making the art prize a varied and stimulating global platform to engage with critical contemporary issues and topics. The art competition is open to everyone, regardless of location or preferred medium and theme.
Every year, we shortlist 30 artists, among whom we select three winners. All the shortlisted artists have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Sunny Art Centre, London, a prestigious art institution with an extraordinary collection of old masters and artworks by leading contemporary artists. The winners, alongside seven other artists chosen from the shortlist, have the chance to exhibit their work with our partnering galleries in China. The exhibiting galleries are located in cities across China, such as Beijing and Shanghai. They are amongst the leading art institutions in the Asian art market.
This art contest also gives the art prize-winners the chance to experience a one-month artist residency in China. The Artist Residency Programme is organised in collaboration with established Chinese art institutions, and it provides the opportunity to engage with historically and culturally rich places in China.
Don’t miss the opportunity to experience exhibiting in multiple international exhibitions and participating in a residency in China, visit our “Apply Now” page and submit your application today.APPLY ONLINE
SMACH is a land-art project born in 2012 and ideated by Michael Moling and Iaco Rigo. It is a biennial open air exhibition that represents the combination of “art and nature”, where the latter acts as the display of the artistic creations, designed and tailored specifically to various sites. It started from an international art competition that celebrates where the involved artists, staged their works in places of historical and cultural interests in Val Badia.
Their artworks have the aim of sparking people’s interest for art and enhancing the area of the Dolomites in which they are immersed. Through a dialogue between art and nature, the artists want to promote thorough and ongoing consciousness of the historical, cultural and traditional aspects of the area.
Since the beginning, the project is grown and in 2018, the non-profit cultural association SMACH was founded to warrant the project’s goals: the biennial art competition, the art valley and collateral events.
For application and deadlines please visit: smach.it
SURVEILLANCE SOCIETY. A STATE OF CONTROL
Call for Exhibition │Free entry
Accepted media: Photography, Digital Visual Design, Video
Group Exhibition in Rome or Milan city. April 2022
This call intends to collect works that are useful while critically commenting on contemporary society and on the tools used to regulate the behavior of the masses.
“A state of control”, this is how the condition of men who live within the spaces of an evolved society can be defined. More and more technologies are being used to guarantee the safety of individuals, in an attitude of trust towards those who have the task of nipping in the bud the emergence of behaviors not recognized by social norms.
Surveillance also means recording, analyzing behaviors and lifestyles, it means collecting data and information useful for the growth of a nation, for the protection and safety of one’s people, but also and above all, useful to those who know how to make economic profit out of all this.
It is here that, once again, that vision of the world made known by G. Orwel in his novel “1984” is called into question, where contemplation on human rights and freedoms are at the center of a conscious criticism of the social system and of an idea about the future.
Deadline 7th January 2022
How to Apply:
Photographers, Visual Designers and Video artists are invited to submit 1 to 3 works addressing the theme.
What we are looking for
We are inviting artiststo submit proposals fora visually arresting exhibition tobepresentedin WaterAid’sspace at COP26, responding to the theme of ‘The climate change and water story –as told by youth’.YouwillberequiredtodesignasetofworkshopsthatWaterAidwill be running with young people in October to capture their responses to the water and climate theme. The final exhibition must in some way incorporate the outputs of those workshops. We are also looking for the exhibition to drive further understanding through participation –so would be interested to hear your ideas around how people could interact with the exhibition either physically on the day, or through a digital element. However, this is also something WaterAid are happy to work with you on and develop together once the concept is formed.
Our climate is changing at an alarming rate and it’s making it even harder for the world’s poorest people to get clean water. This is especially true for the 1 in 10 people worldwide who don’t have a reliable supply of water. More frequent and extreme flooding is polluting fragile water sources; longer droughts are drying up springs. People need a reliable supply of water that keeps pumping through flood, drought and natural disaster. Through WaterAid’s programme work and by influencing others, we must ensure communities hit hardestby climate changegetthe resources they need to prepare and recover. This must include a reliable supply of clean water, so they can stay healthy, go to school, and earn a living.We have an exhibition spaceat the COP26 Green Zone on 12thNovember and our ambition is for theexhibition to provokedialogues that deepenawareness andunderstanding of the linksbetween water and the climate crisis. We hope thata powerful presentation that foregrounds youth voices will inspire attendees to continue the conversation beyond COP.
Expressions of interest to WaterAid: 12th September
Appointment: 20th September
Workshops completed: End of October
Exhibition date: 12th November
■ RULES & TERMS
– Video artworks (Please submit in MP4 format or Vimeo links)
– We only accept works that produced from 2019 to the deadline below
– Up to 2 works per person
– 500,000 KRW for each selected work (If two works are selected, 500,000 KRW for each)
– Screening at the 15th BIVAF (method can be discussed)
■ DEADLINE & HOW TO APPLY
Submissions schedule : 3 September 2021 ~ 17 September 2021 (All Day)
How to apply: E-mail (email@example.com)
Documents to be submitted: Files or links of artworks, Application form
Title of mail : <applicant name_15>
Name of the attached file : <artist name_work title_running time_production year>
(*You can download the form in the Google Drive link on our website.)
■ PERIOD & VENUE
Period : 6 November 2021 ~ 21 November 2021
Opening times: 11:00~19:00 (Closed on Monday)
Venue: Space HEEM (B1 & 2F, 3, Sumi-ro 50beon ga-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan, Republic of Korea) / www.spaceheem.com
■ SELECTION & ANNOUNCEMENT
Selection: by a jury composed of 2-3 experts
Announcement of selected works: End of September 2021, Notified on our website, SNS, and Individual contact
Busan International Video Art Festival
Busan Cultural Foundation
Busan Metropolitan City
Busan International Video Art Festival [BIVAF] aims to expand the base of video arts. In addition to the selection of works through open submissions, we invite and screen video artworks from all over the world by curation so that people can understand the flow of contemporary video art.
*We use submitted files only for selection and screening. We will delete the files after the festival. Please note that we may cancel the selection if there is any incorrect information.
What makes an icon? How do we make ourselves and our work known?
While most of the time artists are focusing just on the actual work we should not forget how important is the artist itself.
If we take Pablo Picasso as an example one can realise how much he was working on his own image and how this impacted his famous legacy.
The purpose of this exhibition is to inspire future icons.
This Exhibition Will Take Place At Our Newly Opened Space In Tower Bridge LONDON.
The new space is located in Tower bridge, one of most iconic places in the world and the most visited place in the whole UK.
The new space is nestled between modern and classic London icons: The Shard 4 minutes away, Tower Bridge 1 minute away, London Bridge 2 minutes away.
With a blend of traditional Victorian brick walls and a central private bar just for our audience, the space is unique in the whole city of London. The pictures below are from our previous opening “Contemporary” where we had over 300 people at the opening.
Submission Guidelines- Please read carefully.
To apply for “Icon” simply email us 3 images of your work (3 different works) Title_ Size_ Medium_ Price and a short bio, no more than 150 words at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eligible media but not limited:
painting | sculpture | photography | digital art | Installation | video | prints | textile | illustrations | etc
To make a submission
is absolutely free but we do charge a £165 fee for each participating artist as we only charge 15% sales commission and that includes: printed catalogs | admin | graphic designer | champagne | caviar | professional photographer | hostess | security
– the open call will run until September 04.
– artworks delivery date is 09 September.
– the exhibition will run from 10 September until 16 September with a private view on 10 September
– 6:00 to 9:00 pm at our gallery space in Tower Bridge London.
We had a lot of enquires from foreign artists to exhibit with us but sometimes shipping the work to London in time might be a bit difficult in this challenging period, that’s why we’ve come up with an alternative! If you are one of the accepted artist and you find it hard to ship your work to us, you can send us photos of your work and we can print and frame it for you at no additional cost.
We have 3 available sizes for the frame:
1. 32/32 cm
2. 30/40 cm
3. 40/50 cm
This will be a physical event and it will take place in our new gallery space in Tower Bridge- London (the one from the picture above).
As we run multiple open calls, please make sure you include in the email line the open call you apply for.