Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes now in its second year is an international open competition developed by the Waterfront Gallery in association with the Welsh Government. Wales Contemporary celebrates all aspects of the country by inviting artists to submit work that is ‘Inspired by Wales’ i.e. by its ancient history, its art history, its heritage, its landscape (rural, urban or political) and its contemporary culture. For this second iteration both 2 and 3 dimensional work will be admissible.


For the wellbeing of artists and visitors, the exhibition of shortlisted artworks, initially due to take place this summer, will be postponed until it is safe for us to gather and enjoy art together once again. We are committed to giving artists the chance to show their work, which is why the Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes exhibition will now go ahead at the Waterfront Gallery between Thursday 12th November and Wednesday 30th December 2020 and at the gallery@oxo from Thursday 25th February to Sunday 7th March 2021.

The call for entries has been extended in order to give artists more time to submit their work. For the opportunity to win prizes of £12,000, artists can submit 2D or 3D artworks in any medium (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.) excluding photography and film, until 1 September 2020. The submissions will be judged by renowned artist Basil Beattie RA, Welsh-based sculptor Sebastien Boyesen, as well as painter and emeritus professor Gerda Roper.



Artists are invited to enter their submission via this online entry. Please go to the Entry Form and complete all the details and pay the entry fee. Once you are logged in you may then upload your artwork.

Deadline for entry is Tuesday 1 September 2020

Please click here to download a translation of the website in Welsh.


The competition is open to all artists aged 18 and over based in the UK or internationally.


Artists may enter up to three works.

The artwork can be 2 or 3 dimensional and in any medium apart from photography or film. For 2 dimensional work the maximum size limit is 140cm in any dimension. For 3 dimensional work the maximum size is 50cm in any dimension. There is no minimum size limit.

The artwork must be for sale. Sale prices should be inclusive of 30% commission.

The artwork must have been made in the last three years.


Entry fee is £15 for one work, £25 for two and £34 for three.


  • 1st Prize – £4000
  • Highly commended 2 dimensional work – £2000
  • Highly commended 3 dimensional – £2000
  • Young Artist Prize (25 and under) – £1000
  • Prize for artists born, educated or resident in Wales – £1500
  • Public choice – £1500


The Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes exhibition will open at the Waterfront Gallery on Thursday 12th November and close on Thursday 26th November 2020. It will then tour to the gallery@oxo from Thursday 25th February to Sunday 7th March 2021.


We are delighted to announce the following panel of distinguished judges.

Basil Beattie RA


Sebastien Boyesen

Sculptor and environmental Designer

Gerda Roper

Practising painter


Deadline for applicationsTuesday 1 September 2020
Artists notified of results21 September 2020
Hand in of selected works to the Waterfront Gallery (Discovery Quay, The Docks, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire SA73 3AF)No later than Friday 30th October 2020
Exhibition at The Waterfront Gallery, The Old Sail Loft, Discovery Quay, The Docks, Milford Haven SA73 3AFTo be opened on Thursday 12th November by Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism for the Welsh Government.
Exhibition Prizegiving and ClosureWednesday 30th December 2020
Exhibition tours to the gallery@oxo, LondonThursday 25 February – Sunday 7 March 2021
Collection from gallery@oxo, LondonMonday 8 March 2021 between 10 am and 3 pm
Collection from Waterfront GalleryWednesday 10 March – Friday 12 March (10.30 am to 4 pm each day)

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