Explore Wells-next-the-Sea: A Heritage Art Trail from Shore to Sea, and Back Again

The Wells Maltings Trust, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, is organising a year-long Heritage Art Trail which will be part of our opening festivities for the Wells Maltings in the heart of the Wells in spring of 2018.

People of the Shore and Sea Trail organised by the Wells Maltings will feature East Anglian artists. We are looking for artists to create original work to be displayed from March 2018 through April 2019 in Wells.

We want a wide creative response with a range of possibilities; everything from soundscape, stained glass, woven reeds, to artfully illuminated heritage buildings.  Our selected artists will highlight the heritage of Wells People of the Shore and Sea with innovative works such as a large-scale installation on the Quay in front of the harbour office to an intimate vignette tucked into the alcove by the library.  We want artists to explore all the possibilities of sites extending from Wells town along the channel-side mile to the beach and to the quay with the fisherman’s shed and the Albatros and on to the East Quay.

Artists are asked to respond to local heritage and culture with stories from Wells-next-the-Sea, for example: stories of the lifeboat disaster, or the life of a whelker, or the roles of women in the town. The Wells History Group is a vast resource for information, if needed.

The selected artists will work alongside professional curators and Maltings staff to place each new work along the beach mile, or in the town, or at the Wells Maltings itself at numerous approved sites. The Wells Maltings will work in tandem with each artist to fabricate the environmentally sensitive footings that will provide a ground for their artwork for a year.

The artworks must be made specifically for the People of the Shore and Sea Art Trail and can be:

  • biodegradable;
  • permanent on the site: or
  • for sale after a year’s display.

A prize of £1,000 will be awarded to an artist by a panel of independent judges for an exceptional work reflecting Wells’ heritage.

The artworks will be installed ready for the opening of the Wells Maltings in spring of 2018.

Please note – to be photographed for the map and app all artworks need to be finished by 28 Feb 2018.

  • Applications must be submitted by 1 October 2017.
  • Artists will be told whether their proposal has been accepted or rejected from the first week of November 2017.

* The Wells Maltings Trust reserves the right not to accept finished work – for example work which is not in line with the accepted proposal.
* Our curators will be happy to discuss work in progress if advice or views are sought.
*Artists should be aware that the Wells Maltings Trust will have public liability insurance but cannot insure the works against damage or theft.

Work must be completed and ready for installation by the beginning of March 2018. People of the Shore and Sea will be ongoing from April 2018 to March 2019. All artwork will be for sale upon closing of the Heritage Art Trail.

Application process

Please email your application along with a £10 entry fee deposited to sort code 089299 account 65415999 with your proposed work to the Wells Maltings Trust no later than 1 October 2017.

 Entries must include:

Telephone Number
Email address
Please submit:

  • A relevant CV of no more than 100 words
  • Up to 150 word description of the artwork you propose to make
  • A sketch of your proposal
  • Up to 5 x images of recent work

All this can be submitted via electronically to art@wellsmaltings.org.uk

For more information or questions contact: mary@wellsmaltings.org.uk

Wells Maltings Trust Office, 7 The Sackhouse,
Wells next the Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AU