Tenth celebration of creative excellence

September 01 2021
Tenth celebration of creative excellence

NOW in its tenth year, and with more than 2,600 works submitted by 1,815 creatives hailing from 45 different countries, the Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) shortlist will be on display in a free exhibition at Wells Cathedral from Saturday, August 28, until Sunday, September 26.

The exhibition can also be found online following last year’s interactive ‘virtual’ exhibition which continued to successfully showcase artists online in the midst of the global pandemic. 

Ninety-one items will be on display in the cloisters gallery. This year’s selectors, artists Amanda Loomes, Jonathan Yeo and Will Nash, had the difficult task of choosing the shortlisted artworks which are innovative and eclectic, spanning all disciplines, media and subjects.

Plus, 27 installations around the Cathedral have been selected by Simon Periton, allowing visitors to the 850-year-old gothic building to find treasures at every turn.

These include Georgina Brett Chinnery, who pushes the boundaries with traditional leather working techniques; painter Frances Borden who was the first winner 10 years ago and has two of her works selected this year; and Simon Chalmers, whose sculptures are part of an ongoing body of work, reproducing buildings and street furniture as small-scale 3D photographic models. 

A number of international artists have also been shortlisted including Vidushi Gupta from India, Lorena Bueno Larraz from Spain, Agathe Bouton and Blake Brasher from the USA and Aaron Sidorenko, from Canada.

And this year a substantial grant of £15,000 has also been secured from Arts Council England which has made a significant contribution to support the competition.

“After such a challenging period it’s wonderful to see such creativity and inspiration from our shortlisted artists as well as support from our partners,” said Paddy O’Hagan, Chair of WAC.

“Our partnership with the Cathedral is an important collaboration and we’re delighted it has continued this year.”

Pieces will be priced from £150 to £15,000, so there will be something for all budgets.

• Picture: Andy Walker’s hand drawn digital art, limited edition print of Wells Cathedral