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“Being a part of New Light is a rewarding way of realising my long-held dream of creating a centre of excellence for art in the region.”
Our patron Valeria Sykes has generously supported New Light from its conception.¬†A self-taught artist herself, it was Valeria‚Äôs love of art and belief in Annette‚Äôs vision that helped make New Light a reality.
Valeria financially supports the charity in all its work. The ¬£10,000 Valeria Sykes Award is the main prize at the New Light Prize Exhibition and Valeria also¬†selects the winner of¬†the Patron’s Choice Award.
Yorkshire-born and still resident in the county, Valeria is committed to supporting practising artists in the North of England and supporting them in their work.
Annette‚ÄĮPetchey¬†is a lover of art and, in a small way, a collector. When she moved to the North of England, Annette was delighted by the quantity of very high quality art being produced by artists in and from the region; and astounded by the absence of an arena for people to access the work. Annette set up New Light to become a central point of focus for art in the North of England.
“At its most basic level, art has no social or economic boundaries: everyone can describe a picture they have liked, or disliked; express an opinion on whether something has been created with skill; or draw something they didn’t think they could.”
Jonathan Warner-Reed (Director)¬†was born and bred in Yorkshire. He is passionate about the North of England, particularly the artists it inspires and the work they produce – New Light provides him with the perfect opportunity to nurture and support that talent.
Jonathan is a director and member of a commercial law firm in¬†Leeds and¬†is involved in local charity work and business associations near to his home in Ripon.