Contest gains added lustre

May 03 2018
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THERE have been more than 50 entries already for this year’s Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) competition.

The contest provides a showcase for local, national and international artists, and can be the springboard to a lucrative career.

Prizes in the 2018 competition include a national press launch, an exhibition at London’s JGM Gallery and a cheque for £1,000.

“The competition is now in its sixth year and it becomes more prestigious all the time,” said Paddy O’Hagan, chair of WAC.

“Artists are clearly excited by it, and the standard of entries is extremely high.”

WAC has announced that Sir Christopher Frayling, recent Rector of the Royal College of Art as well as Chairman of the Arts and Design Councils, has become a patron. He joins Hauser & Wirth and Michael Eavis.

“We are very grateful for such distinguished support,” said Paddy.

The appointment of the Parker Harris visual arts consultancy promises the competition, its entrants and finalists a high profile and broad national exposure.
RK Harrison is the major sponsor, with great support from solicitors Chubb Bulleid.

Support and publicity has also come from, among others, Somerset Art Weeks and The Royal West of England Academy.

The competition is open to all artists aged 18 and over, who can enter up to three works. The deadline for entries is Monday, July 2.

An exhibition of shortlisted entries will be staged once again at The Bishop’s Palace, from October 8-21.

“I am particularly pleased to be working with The Bishop’s Palace who have been exceptionally supportive,” said Paddy.

“This year the exhibition space will be even better, with proper display boards and professional lighting.”

There will also be a 64-page full colour catalogue for the first time showcasing the entrants’ work and providing commentary by the judges, as well as providing advertising opportunities.

• Picture: Sir Christopher Frayling