Established in 2012 by artists for artists, Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) is an international opportunity for innovative visual artists working in all genres. Based in Wells, Somerset, the annual WAC exhibition is a highlight of the city’s cultural life. Now in its 14th year, the WAC exhibition will take place in August 2024. THE INSTALLATION SHOW Wells Cathedral is known as one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe. Its interior has 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 is a quadrangle of stone-vaulted, medieval cloisters adjacent to the Camery Garden. This is a quiet, contemplative open space with a view of the famous springs from which Wells takes its name.
The Installation Show offers a unique opportunity for artists to create a site-specific artwork for Wells Cathedral. Artists are encouraged to draw inspiration from the Cathedral’s unique building and spirituality, and to be bold and imaginative in their proposals. They can suggest a specific installation site anywhere within the Cathedral boundary, including the Chapter House, and its two outside spaces: the Camery Garden and the Palm Courtyard. This year, WAC are delighted to announce that for the 2024 edition, the twenty selected artists will each be awarded a £200 bursary.The 2024 Installation Show will be selected by:
• Mary Branson, known for her large-scale conceptual light works and installations, using landscape and architecture as a backdrop to site determined pieces;
• Jacquiline Creswell, visual arts advisor, working with artists including Antony Gormley, and galleries such as Lisson and Hauser & Wirth;
• Victor Ehikhamenor, multimedia artist, photographer and writer from Nigeria, prolific in producing abstract, symbolic and politically/historically motivated works.
The deadline to enter the Installation Show is Monday 11 March 2024, 5pm.
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