New Light Prize Exhibition 2017, which boasts some of the region’s largest art awards, is open for entries.

This will be the fourth New Light biennial Prize Exhibition and celebrates the range and quality of work being produced by artists in and from the North of England. It is open to artists at any stage in their creative careers, whether established or emerging, with the prizes on offer including the £10,000 Valeria Sykes Award, a Patron’s Choice Award of £2,500 and a special Printmakers’ Prize.

Artists born, resident or who have studied in the North of England (Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland and Yorkshire) are eligible to apply, with paintings, drawings, print and wall-hung sculpture all accepted. Every work on the short-list will feature in the New Light Prize Exhibition which opens at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle before touring to two more of the North’s most prestigious venues: Huddersfield Arts Gallery and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle. The full exhibition will also be heading down to the cultural heart of London where it will spend a week at the capital’s Bankside Gallery.

Valeria Sykes, Patron of New Light and sponsor of the main prize, said:

It was fantastic to see the amazing works which were entered into the last Prize Exhibition and then to see the short-listed pieces hung on the walls of such an impressive gallery as the Bowes Museum. We’re very much looking forward to seeing this year’s entries, whether they are submitted by professional artists or those just embarking on an artistic career.

The Prize Exhibition entries will be considered by a line-up of judges taken from all areas of the art world: contemporary artist Charming Baker; renowned art critic and writer, Frances Spalding CBE; CEO of the Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary, Thom Hetherington; Chief executive of York Museums Trust, Reyahn King; Director of Northern Print, Anna Wilkinson and CEO of New Light and practising artist, Emerson Mayes.

Mandy Payne, the recipient of the 2015 Valeria Sykes Prize, commented:

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.

The call for entries for the 2017 New Light Prize Exhibition will remain open until 5pm on 31 July. Artists can find out more and enter here.




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