International Art Competition Dedicated to Wales
Artists have the opportunity to win £11,000 in prizes as Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes, the competition celebrating everything that makes Wales Welsh, returns for a second year.
Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes is an international open competition for 2D and 3D artworks in any medium, excluding photography and film.
Developed by the Waterfront Gallery in association with the Welsh Government, Wales Contemporary seeks to celebrate all aspects of the country by inviting artists to submit work that is inspired by its ancient heritage, art history, traditions, landscape (rural, urban or political) and contemporary culture.
Following the close of the call for entries on Tuesday 14 April 2020, the submissions will be judged by a selection panel including artist Basil Beattie (RA), painter Gerda Roper, and sculptor Sebastien Boyesen. The subsequent exhibition will be displayed at the Waterfront Gallery in Milford Haven, South Wales from 13 June – 18 July 2020. It will then tour to the Senedd and Pierhead Building, Cardiff from 5 August – 10 September 2020.
All exhibitors will be invited to a private view and prizegiving at the Waterfront Gallery on 12 June 2020 when the following prizes will be presented:
- 1st Prize – £4,000
- Highly commended 2-dimensional work – £2,000
- Highly commended 3-dimensional – £2,000
- Young Artist Prize (25 and under) – £1,000
- Prize for artists born, educated or resident in Wales – £1,000
The following prize will be presented during the touring exhibition at the Senedd in Cardiff:
- Public choice – £1,000
Artists are invited to submit a maximum of three 2D or 3D artworks in any medium excluding photography and film. 2D works may be no larger than 140 cm in any dimension; 3D works may be no larger than 50 cm in any dimension. The submission fee is £15 for one work, £25 for two and £34 for three. All applications must be made online and must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 14 April 2020:
Above right is Calon Ddaear, exhibited as part of Wales Contemporary 2019, by Moss Carroll, winner of the Young Artist Prize.