Wales International Young Artist Award

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Are you between the ages of 17 and 25? Artistic? Want the opportunity for your work to exhibited in Wales and internationally? And win a prize of £500? Great, because this is right up your street.

British Council Wales has launched its first annual Wales International Young Artist Award seeking the brightest young stars in the world of art. The first award of its kind in Wales. Ooooh.

Wales has a thriving creative industry and the WIYAA (I shortened it, it’s easier, okay?) will not only identify a new pool of young talent across the creative sectors, but also nurture it further by offering young artists from Wales both national and international exposure. Cool, eh?

Young artists who have an interest in entering can dabble in a range of different creative skills such as painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, printmaking drawing and film.

Like every competition, there are rules, so pay attention to the following information.

February 1st 2013 – Competition Opens (if you hadn’t noticed, we’ve passed that date, so the competition is in fact open right now)

September 2nd 2013 – Entry Deadline – Jurors announced

November 2013 – Results Announced


Artists who are Welsh born and/or Welsh resident and between the ages of 17-25 are eligible to participate. Proof of age may be required.


By entering this competition you hereby agree to the following terms and represent and warrant that:

1- Age – All registration information you submit is both truthful and accurate. Your further represent and warrant that you are between the ages of 17 and 25.
2- Copyrights – That work you will be submitting is original artwork by yourself and the work does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyright rights or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity. British Council Wales may reject entries that it considers inappropriate for any reason. All artwork to the competition may be used for the benefit of British Council Wales in any way, with or without attribution.
3- Selected Artists – If your work is shortlisted, you agree that you will follow all of the competitions procedures for promotion and exhibition.

How to Enter

All entries to the Wales International Young Artists Award must reflect, interpret or be inspired by the theme ‘Wales and the World’. All entries must be submitted by 5pm on 2nd September 2013. British Council Wales will acknowledge receipt of each entry via email.

Entries can be made one of seven categories: Film, photography, Graphic Design, Printmaking, Sculpture, Drawing and Painting.

Guidelines for each categorise are as follows:


Entrants in this category can submit up to 5 images via email or post. The file size for emailed JPG’s must be no larger than 10mb. Entries can be submitted via email or registered post to the address below. Email address your entries should be sent to is Dan Thomas on:


Film entries should be no more than 3 minutes length and submitted on DVD to the address below. Entries can be submitted via email or registered post to the address below. Email address your entries should be sent to is Dan Thomas on: 

Graphic Design

Entries can be submitted via email or registered post to the address below. Email address your entries should be sent to is Dan Thomas on:


All posted entries should be accompanied by the competition registration from which can be found here and should be sent registered post to:

British Council Wales
1 Kingsway
CF10 3AQ

One artist in each category will be shortlisted to participate in a collective exhibition. From this shortlist an overall winner will be chosen in November 2013 and will get the opportunity for their work to have an international platform through the network of offices in six continents and over 100 countries. The nature of the profiling and exhibition of the winner’s art will depend on the category of the piece. There will also be a cash prize of £500.

So, for this fantastic opportunity, artists, get cracking and show off your skills.

Best of luck. 

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