Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes
an international open competition for 2-D works

Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes is an international open competition for 2D artwork in any medium excluding photography. Developed by the Waterfront Gallery in association with the Welsh Government, Wales Contemporary seeks to celebrate 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.



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 Monday 2 September 2019

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 two works.

The artwork must be 2D and in any medium apart from photography.

The maximum size limit is 180cm in any dimension. There is no minimum size limit.

The artwork must be for sale. Sale prices should be inclusive of 25% commission.


STANDARD SUBMISSION: Entry fee is £15 for one work and £25 for two.

YOUNG ARTIST SUBMISSION (25 years or under): Entry fee is £10 for one work and £15 for two.


  • 1st Prize – £5000 plus 3 week residency in Milford Haven, Wales (February – March 2020) and 1 month solo exhibition at the Waterfront Gallery, Wales.
  • 2nd Prize – £2500
  • Young Artist Prize (25 and under) – £1000
  • Highly commended – £500
  • Prize for artists born, educated or resident in Wales – £2000
  • Public choice – £1000


The Exhibition will be shown at Waterfront Gallery, Milford Haven, Wales

The Exhibition will be open to the public: 4 – 30 October 2019

Opening times: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4.30pm

All exhibitors will be invited to the Private View on  Friday 4 October and the Prize Giving 23 October 2019. 

The Exhibition will then be shown at the Mall Galleries, London

The Exhibition will be open to the public: 5 – 10 November 2019

Opening times: Daily, 10am – 5pm

Admission to the Exhibition at both galleries is free.


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

Janette Kerr


Janette is an Hon Royal Scottish Academician, Past President of the Royal West of England Academy of Art, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Visiting Research Fellow, Fine Art, UWE Bristol. She has a long-standing history of showing work, exhibiting regularly across the UK and abroad; her work is held in national and international collections and she has worked on residencies in Svalbard, Shetland, Norway, Somerset, Wales, and Ireland.

Ken Maycock


Ken studied as an undergraduate and post-graduate at the Slade School of Fine Art where he was awarded the Thomas Monnington Prize for Painting and the Boise Travelling Scholarship. Ken has exhibited widely and has work in private collections in Britain and the United States. He taught Art and the History of Art at Dulwich College for many years, but has now given up his teaching post to work full-time as a painter. True to his Slade roots, Ken prefers to work from direct observation and he is often to be found outside, painting the landscape near his home in North Pembrokeshire. Drawing lies at the heart of all that Ken does and he aims to get the drawing right without sacrificing spontaneity.

Catrin Webster


Catrin was born in Cardiff in 1966. She has lived and painted in Rome, Reykjavik, Cardiff, London and Mid Wales and has recently moved to Swansea after her appointment to teach fulltime at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD Swansea, where she is programme director for the BA Fine Art, MA Contemporary Dialogues and Research Degrees, 2015. Webster studied Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and gained a Phd from the University of Wales in 2010.

Stan MacIlvenny OBE

Stan holds an MSc in Corporate Leadership from Edinburgh Napier University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business & Executive Coaching, both from University College Dublin. In 2003 he was awarded an OBE for services to Economic Development in Northern Ireland. He is also Chairman of the Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone, a member of the Stakeholder and Accountability Committee, a sub-committee of the board of Milford Haven Port Authority and a Governor of Pembrokeshire College.


Deadline for applicationsMonday 2 September 2019
Artists notified of resultsMonday 9 September 2019
Hand in of selected worksMonday 30 September 2019
Exhibition opening and private viewFriday 4 October 2019
Prize givingWednesday 23 October 2019
Exhibition closesWednesday 30 October 2019
Exhibition tours to Mall Galleries, London, SW15 - 10 November 2019
Collection / return of work to artistsTBC

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