Artists inspired by Wales have the opportunity to win £12,000 in prizes!
We we’re recently contacted by one of the organisers of Wales Contemporary/ Cymru Gyfoes Art Competition who asked us to share the news about the 2020 competition with our #WorldWideWelsh family. With so many people at home right now, we thought it would be a good idea to arrange an interview to discover more & hopefully inspire our readers to take part.
First of all, tell us a bit about the competition and how long has it been running?
Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes, now in its second year, 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 and with the support of Milford Waterfront, Wales Contemporary celebrates all aspects of the country by inviting artists to submit 2D or 3D work that is inspired by its ancient heritage, art history, traditions, landscape (rural, urban or political) and contemporary culture.
What are you looking for?
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. All applications are made online and must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 14 April 2020.
Who won the competition last year?
Last year, the 1st Prize of £5,000 was awarded to painter Day Bowman. Prizes also went to Gerry Davies, Moss Carroll, Pete Monaghan and more.
Who can enter and how?
All artists (painters, sculptors, drawing practitioners, etc.) over the age of 18 are invited to enter online.
Can you reveal the judging panel?!
Yes! Artist Basil Beattie RA, Sculptor and Environmental Designer Sebastian Boyesen & Painter Gerda Roper.
£12,000 is a huge sum of money and will be a great deal of help right now. How are the prizes divided?
Yes! We hope it will really help them in their career. The 1st Prize is £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 – £1,500
Public choice – £1,500
If our readers want more information, who should they contact?
They can visit our website: https://walescontemporary.artopps.co.uk/
For any enquiries, please email Parker Harris on [email protected] or call the office on
020 3653 0896.
To keep up to date with the latest news and announcements, follow us on social media and join the conversation using #WalesContemporary.
Twitter/ Facebook & Instagram: @parkerharrisco
Finally, remind us of that all-important closing date for submissions?
All applications must be made online and must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 14 April 2020: walescontemporary.artopps.co.uk
A big thank-you to the organisers for getting in touch & if you do take part, pob lwc – good luck and don’t forget to share your images with us @cymruarbyd on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
Heulwen Davies, Cymru a’r Byd.
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