Sheffield-born, award-winning artist, Mandy Payne, has kindly donated ‘Great Expectations’ to the New Light Collection.

After winning the Valeria Sykes Art Prize at the New Light Prize Exhibition in 2015 with her spray paint and concrete observations of Sheffield’s Brutalist architecture, Mandy has generously offered one of the series to the New Light Collection.

The artwork is one of several produced over the last four years of the Grade II listed Park Hill housing estate (built in 1961, it is currently undergoing a £1 million government-funded scheme to convert part of the iconic social housing site into a gallery, artists’ studios and work spaces). Mandy, who is ‘inspired by the urban and edgeland areas of Sheffield… particularly locations that are often overlooked or neglected’, has only been a full-time artist since 2012 after finishing a twenty-five year career with the NHS specialising in Childrens’ dentistry. [www.mandypayneart.co.uk]

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Mandy says she ‘wanted to create observational paintings that spoke of the displacement of the established communities and the temporality of urban landscape’ She says she donated ‘Great Expectations’ to the Collection because

“[I think] the ethos of the New Light Arts Prize to raise the profiles and support Northern artists is a much needed and brilliant idea. On a personal level, I have found the support I have received from the New Light organisation invaluable and was keen to give something back. I wanted to donate a painting to the New Light Collection as it provides an excellent means of making art accessible to everyone by loaning contemporary art free of charge to public spaces and groups. I feel privileged to have my work included in it.”

New Light is delighted that Mandy’s work has become part of the New Light Collection and will be available on loan to public, community spaces and to businesses for the future.


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