ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Including key dates, guidelines and rules.

The New Light Prize Exhibition 2023-24

The following guidelines and rules are subject to change up until we open for entries (Autumn/Winter 2022)

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  • Key Dates for the Prize Exhibition 2023-24

    We do not have current confirmed dates for the New Light Prize Exhibition 2023-24. Please keep checking back here for further updates and more information. New Light reserves the right to make changes to the following competition criteria and entry requirements before online entries open in Autumn/Winter 2022.

    • Online entries open.
    • Online entries close.
    • Results of shortlisting emailed to artists.
    • Judging at launch gallery followed by Exhibition Preview and Award Presentation.
    • Prize Exhibition Tour begins.
    • Prize Exhibition closes.
  • Entry Guidelines for 2023-24
    • The prizes offered by New Light are open to all artists who
      • were born in the North of England or
      • are currently living in the North of England or
      • studied at degree or postgraduate level (in an arts-based subject) in the North of England.
    • For these purposes, the North of England is defined as being the historic counties of Cheshire (not previously included before 2023), Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland and Yorkshire.
    • Entrants can be at any stage in their career; there is no upper age restriction, but we do ask for entrants to be over 18 when entries close.
    • The Prize is open to all static works, capable of being wall-hung without requiring any power source. There is no maximum size for two-dimensional work, but three-dimensional work cannot exceed a depth of 30cm from the wall. Digital processes are allowed but have to be declared. Photography is excluded.
    • Pieces shortlisted for the prizes must be available for judging and sale until the end of the Prize Exhibition tour.
    • Entry Criteria is always under review.
  • The Rules in 2023-24
    • Entrants will need to register first (link below) in order to complete an online entry form and upload artwork.
    • Entrants must complete an online entry form (available on this website) and pay an appropriate fee to New Light for each image submitted: ÂŁ20 each for the first two images, ÂŁ10 for each subsequent image. Entrants must send only one image per work submitted.
    • Once a work has been submitted and the appropriate fee paid, no refund will be made.
    • There is no maximum number of submissions per artist; however no more than 3 works will be shortlisted per artist.
    • All shortlisted artworks will be exhibited throughout the tour except in the case of a small gallery space – only one artwork per artist will be included. Artworks not included will be stored securely until the end of the exhibition when they will be available for collection.
    • Entrants should submit their work in JPEG format.
    • In sending an image, entrants confirm that they own the copyright of the image or have the copyright owner’s authority to distribute the image for reproduction.
    • Entrants must have been born in or currently live in the North of England, as defined by the historic counties of Cheshire, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland, Cumbria and Yorkshire, or have graduated in an art-based subject from a college or university based in the North of England with a Bachelor’s or Post Graduation degree.
    • Entrants must be aged 18 or over on the last day of the entry period.
    • All submissions must be static works, capable of being wall-hung without requiring any power source. Digital processes are allowed which should be stated on the entry form if used. Photography is currently excluded.
    • There is no maximum size for two-dimensional work, but three-dimensional work cannot exceed a depth of 30cm from the wall.
    • All forms of original printmaking are acceptable. Digital processes are allowed but should be stated on the entry form if used.
    • The closing date for artists to make final payments for submission of entries is TBC.
    • Entries may not be submitted by e-mail.
    • Shortlisted entrants will be notified by TBC
    • Originals of any submitted entry must be available for judging should the entry be selected.
    • Selected works must be delivered to the launch gallery on the agreed date (TBC)
    • All work must be framed unless agreed otherwise with New Light before delivery to the launch gallery.
    • Mirror-plates must be attached to all works selected. Contact us if you need to discuss alternative fixings.
    • Labels must be attached to the back of all works selected.
    • Selected works must be delivered to the launch gallery by the date agreed.
    • A storage charge may be incurred if artwork is not collected within the offered timeframe.
    • All artists submit their work on the understanding that selected pieces will be exhibited as for sale for the duration of the Exhibition tour.
    • An artist whose work is sold at one of the venues during the Prize Exhibition tour may be invited to offer replacement work for subsequent legs of the tour. New Light reserves the right to select from the artist’s suggested replacements and to reject all suggestions if the organisers feel the offered replacements are not of a similar standard to the work initially shortlisted.
    • The organisers will retain a 50% commission of all sales with the remainder being paid to the artist. This will be shared between New Light and the exhibition venues. VAT may be chargeable on the commission, but the artist will never receive less than 50%.
    • The judges may ask to hold short interviews with shortlisted entrants to assist their deliberations in choosing winners.
    • New Light may change the frame on work for the exhibition at the organisers’ discretion. This will be done with consideration of the artist’s views. The cost for this will be deducted from the sale price.
    • Shortlisted entrants will not be expected to reimburse New Light for the cost of framing any unsold pieces unless work was originally submitted unframed without prior agreement.
    • The Prizes will be presented at the Prize Exhibition Preview.
    • Artists awarded a prize will be asked to provide original evidence of how they meet the entry criteria.
    • The copyright of all works submitted for the New Light Prize Exhibition will remain the property of the artist, but it is a condition of entry that the organisers reserve the right of reproduction of all works invited for exhibition for publicity/educational/reference purposes.
    • The decision of the adjudicators is final and no correspondence can be entered into.
    • The personal information supplied by entrants will be held securely by the organisers in accordance with the Data Protection Act, 1998.
    • No sponsor, judge, adviser, member, employee of New Light, or relative thereof, is eligible for a prize.
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