Following an international open call, 123 works by 118 artists were selected from a total of 1,397 submissions from 26 different countries, the highest number of entries in the history of the Awards. The selection was made by a panel of leading figures from the art world including Caroline Walker, artist; Harry Borden, artist; Donald Smith, Director of Exhibitions, Chelsea Space; Julian Wild, artist; Peter Randall-Page, artist, and Tali Lennox, artist.
Spanning painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation and video, the selected works will be shown at the historic Bishop’s Palace & Gardens in Wells, Somerset, from 6 - 21 October 2018, and prizes - which include cash, exhibition and professional development prizes - will be presented at a private ceremony on Friday 12 October 2018.
One artist will receive the RK Harrison Award of £1,000, and up to four artists will be awarded the JGM Gallery Exhibition Prize which will see them present work in a group show at the London-based Gallery in 2019. Three Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Dorset or Wiltshire based artists will be awarded the DAC Beachcroft Space Prize, through which they will have the opportunity to show their work at the Space in early 2019. Furthermore, one artist will be awarded the Parker Harris Mentoring Prize, which includes a one-to-one mentoring session covering all aspects of professional development. The ChubbBulleid People’s Prize will be awarded to the artist whose work is most favoured by visitors to the exhibition at the Bishop’s Palace & Gardens. Finally, one artist up to 30 years of age will receive the Next Generation Art Prize, awarded by Andelli Art. The prize consists of a two week solo exhibition at the gallery in Somerset, including a private view and social media support. Mentoring and advice on working with galleries, curation and artistic development will also be offered.
Following the exhibition in Wells, we are delighted to announce that a smaller selected exhibition of paintings and sculpture will be presented at the Gainsborough Hotel in Bath.