On Friday 19 February over 150 visitors braved the wet weather to attend the Private View of the New Light Exhibition at The Mercer Gallery in Harrogate.

Visitors were first in line to see some of the exciting new works on display alongside the prize winning pieces which were announced at The Bowes Museum in October 2015.

Mandy Payne, who won the £10,000 Valeria Sykes Award for her work titled ‘Broken Brutalism’ said: “It’s great to see the pictures in a new setting. As the works are hung at different levels you really get to see an alternative perspective of them. It’s also wonderful to see some new pieces on display from the 61 short-listed artists.”

During the evening the Visitors’ Choice Award from The Bowes Museum was announced. Sponsored by Yorkshire-based marketing agency TIG, the Award goes to the artist whose work was deemed the most popular by visitors to the Bowes Museum.

James Naughton’s oil painting ‘Cavern’ won the award. As his prize James will receive marketing materials created by TIG to help him promote his work more widely.

Genevieve Pennington – Let’s Dice - 52x60cm






Genevieve Pennington’s ‘Let’s Dice’ came second in the Visitors’ Choice Award.


The Visitors’ Choice Award is now up and running at The Mercer Gallery so exhibition-goers can choose their favourite piece.


The New Light Prize Exhibition is at The Mercer Gallery from 20 February until 12 June 2016. Admission is free.

Featured image ‘Cavern’ by James Naughton.

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