Including key dates, guidelines and rules.


In these uncertain times, New Light continues to follow Government guidance with regard to Covid-19.

The New Light Prize Exhibition is currently on tour.

  • Key Dates for the Prize Exhibition 2020/21

    These are the current confirmed dates for the New Light Prize Exhibition 2020/21. 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 on 1 March 2020.

    • 1 March 2020: Online entries open
    • 14 June 2020: Online entries have now closed.
    • early – mid August 2020: Results of shortlisting emailed to artists.
    • 18 September 2020: Judging at Scarborough Art Gallery followed by Exhibition Preview and Award Presentation. Judging has now closed.
    • 19 September 2020 – 17 January 2021: Prize Exhibition runs at Scarborough Art Gallery. Exhibition now closed
    • 4 June – 29 August: Prize Exhibition runs at the Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
    • 18 Sept – 6 Oct 2021: Prize Exhibition runs at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle
    • 15 – 21 Nov: Prize Exhibition runs at Bankside Art Gallery, London
  • Entry Guidelines for 2020/21
    • 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 Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland and Yorkshire.

    Prize Map


    • 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 50cm. Digital processes are allowed. Photography is excluded.
    • Pieces shortlisted for the prizes must be available for judging and sale until the end of the Prize Exhibition tour.
    • Criteria is always under review.
  • The Rules in 2020/21
    • 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 from 1st March 2020 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 Bankside Gallery – Due to space restrictions, only one artwork per artist will be included. Artworks not included (or collected before the Bankside leg) 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 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 14 June 2020.
    • 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 50cm.
    • 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 is14 June 2020.
    • Entries may not be submitted by e-mail.
    • Shortlisted entrants will be notified by early – mid August 2020.
    • Originals of any submitted entry must be available for judging should the entry be selected.
    • Selected works must be delivered to Scarborough Museum on the agreed date (TBC)
    • All work must be framed unless agreed otherwise with New Light before delivery to Scarborough Art 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 Scarborough Art Gallery and any unsold pieces collected after the exhibition tour finishes at Bankside Art Gallery, London, on the specified dates. If it is not possible to collect from Bankside Gallery within the stated timeframe, New Light will arrange delivery to a collection point in Ripon, North Yorkshire, and a nominal charge will be made to help cover the cost. However, all carriage between exhibition venues will be covered by New Light.
    • 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 on Friday 18 September 2020 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.