Wells Art Contemporary 2020 announces winners

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Wells Art Contemporary 2020 announces winners

Award-winning artworks from the 2020 Wells Art Contemporary

This year more than ever, Wells Art Contemporary is proud to support visual artists around the world and announce its prize winners, which represent the very best in contemporary art today, across a vast array of disciplines, media and subjects.

For its 2020 edition, Wells Art Contemporary received a record-breaking number of entries from 50 different countries around the world. Out of nearly 3,600 submissions sent by 1,742 creatives, 128 pieces by 122 artists were shortlisted by selectors Lisa Wright, Neville Gabie and Phillip Allen, and 12 outstanding painters, sculptors, photographers, videographers, installation artists and drawing practitioners were selected to receive cash and mentoring awards as well as exhibition and residency opportunities.

The winning pieces bring diverse artistic responses to the year 2020: from Stephen Price’s reflective and honest Vulnerabilita, (above right) a self-portrait made during lockdown, to Niki Hare’s The Future Is Not What It Used To Be, a statement that rings very true today.

The winning artworks are also political at times, offering messages of creativity, unity, and hope: Habib Hajallie’s ballpoint pen triptych Where Are You Really From? explores the artist’s heritage and denounces the structural racism he has faced in the UK, and Duncan McKellar’s Ray of Hope brings together 50 Mexican and 50 American people standing as one to reflect the light of the sun along the border between Mexico and the United States.

Established in 2012 by artists for artists, Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) is an open competition for visual art based in Wells, Somerset. The yearly exhibition has already established a strong presence in the British art world and is drawing artists from around the globe.

This year again, WAC presents a very diverse shortlist, with artists from the UK and across Europe, as well as Canada, Israel, Malaysia, Russia and more.

All of the shortlisted and winning artworks are now available to view and to purchase in the Wells Art Contemporary virtual exhibition. A selection of shortlisted pieces is also displayed on a screen in the south transept of Wells Cathedral, allowing cutting-edge contemporary art to resonate with the 850-year-old architecture.

Discover more on the Wells Art Contemporary website.

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