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The New Light Prize Exhibition, described as one of the ‘must see’ exhibitions in the North, continues to shine a light on Northern art by visiting the heart of Yorkshire as part of its year-long tour after the doors open at Huddersfield Art Gallery this month.
By featuring a diverse range of work from hyperreal portraits to abstract paintings; from urban landscapes to plein-air oil studies; and from printmaking to wall-hung sculpture, the exhibition gives the visitor a chance to see some of the finest Northern artists – from recent graduates through to renowned printmakers and Royal Academicians Norman Ackroyd CBE and Anne Desmet, and artist Isobel Peachey, a Burnley-born painter who is the youngest woman commissioned to paint an official portrait of The Queen.
Once again Kirklees proves itself a creative hub with six on the selected artists living and working in the area. Well-known names such as Maxwell Doig and Tom Wood (both who have enjoyed retrospective exhibitions at Huddersfield Art Gallery) sit alongside Kate Desforges, Emma Lawrenson, Tony Noble and John Ross.
Looking further afield, West Yorkshire as a whole boasts over fifteen of the selected artists, ranging from Josh Newsome, a student at Leeds Arts University to highly collected Leeds-based painter Jane Lewis.
New Light CEO Emerson Mayes, explains more about the ethos of New Light:
“The common thread through all we do is a deep belief that the visual arts matter and the North of England deserves to be celebrated. We also look to highlight those artists who demonstrate exceptional application of practised skills and who are so often overlooked in other competitions
“With Huddersfield Arts Gallery’s extensive collection of work by internationally-renowned artists such as Stanley Spencer, LS Lowry, Frank Auerbach and Henry Moore, the Prize Exhibition artists will be in very good company.”
Huddersfield Art Gallery – Exhibition Information
Exhibition Dates: 10 March 2018 to 02 June 2018
Venue: Huddersfield Art Gallery, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield, HD1 2SU
Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 4pm – Free Entry