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Wells Art Contemporary exhibition

The much anticipated Wells Art Contemporary exhibition is opening from Monday 2 August online, and from Saturday 28 August in Wells Cathedral, Somerset.

Andy Walker, Wells Cathedral, Somerset

For its 10th edition, Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) received over 3,500 submissions from 1,800 creatives hailing from 45 different countries. This year’s judges, artists Amanda Loomes, Jonathan Yeo, Simon Periton and Will Nash had the difficult task of dwindling down the shortlist. Ultimately, they selected 91 artworks, which showcase the very best in contemporary art in the UK and across the world.

From 200 applications, 28 artists have been selected to exhibit throughout the Cathedral and its outdoor spaces.

All of the shortlisted works will be displayed in the much-anticipated WAC exhibition, returning to Wells Cathedral from Saturday 28 August to Sunday 26 September. And for those who cannot wait until then, or who live far from England’s smallest cathedral city, the show will also be available to see online, with a virtual exhibition opening on Monday 2 August.

Brought to us by 87 artists, the shortlisted artworks are innovative and eclectic, spanning across all disciplines, media and subjects. They will be displayed inside and around Wells Cathedral, allowing the most contemporary work to enter in a dialogue with the 850-year-old architectural masterpiece.

Viewers can expect the unexpected. As they go from work to work, they will be invited to marvel at hyper-realistic paintings, pause in front of lush landscapes, laugh at satirical sculptures, get lost in colourful abstracts, reflect on thought-provoking pieces, and much more.

The exhibition will coincide with the installation of a brand-new piece by world-famous sculptor Antony Gormley, best known for his Angel of the North. Cast in iron and just over life-size, the work will be unveiled on the West Front of Wells Cathedral.

The exhibition is free to see. For further information, please visit www.wellsartcontemporary.co.uk

Image above right: Andy Walker, Wells Cathedral, Somerset, hand drawn digital art, limited edition print, shortlisted for WAC 2021.

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