Answers to the most frequently answered questions can be found here. Please contact us if you cannot find the information you need.

  • What does ‘Northern’ mean?

    Entrants must have been born or currently live in the North of England.

    As county boundaries change, we define this as anywhere which has ever been in the counties of Cheshire (2022 entries) Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland and Yorkshire.

    We also accept artists who have graduated with a BA or MA in an art-based subject from a college or university based in the North of England.


  • Are there any age restrictions?

    In order to enter the 2023-24 Prize Exhibition, You must be over 18 years of age on 31st August 2022. (We aim to open for entries from 1st September 2022) There is no upper age limit.

  • How do I enter?

    Entry is through the online form (unavailable until we open for entries). Entrants must register first. Once registration has been approved, artworks can be uploaded. Entry fees will be taken by Stripe, a secure online payment system.

  • How many artworks can I enter?

    There is no limit to the number of artworks you can enter. However, please be aware that a maximum of 3 works per artist will be shortlisted.

  • Is any medium acceptable?

    Only original (including printmaking) works are acceptable. The works must static and be 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. Digital processes are allowed. Photography is excluded.

  • Is there a limit on size?

    There is currently no size limit on each artwork. However, please bear in mind the practicalities of the artwork hanging in an exhibition space.

  • What resolution should the submitted images be?

    All images should be at least 300dpi but with a maximum file size of 2MB saved as a JPEG. Software packages are freely available that will allow you to alter the size of each image.

    Each image file must be named with your surname, first name and brief title, e.g. SmithJohn_Title.jpeg. Where work titles are too long, a section of your title would be adequate as long as it allows us to differentiate it from other works you have submitted.

  • Can I pay by cheque or cash?

    We encourage everybody to enter and pay online as it is much faster and more secure. Please contact us if you are having difficulties with online payment.

  • What happens if my work is sold at one of the venues?

    Sold works will remain hung until the end of the exhibition at that particular venue. If your work is sold, you will be asked to supply images of similar artwork from which New Light can select a replacement for the further touring exhibitions. If New Light feels a comparable work is not available, the sold work will not be replaced for the subsequent legs of the exhibition tour.

  • What happens to unsold work?

    If your artwork is unsold, New Light will transport the work to the touring venues.

    You will need to collect any unsold works from the final gallery at the end of the exhibition tour or arrange collection from New Light. We will liaise with you nearer the time to organise dates for collection from the gallery or New Light. A courier service can be arranged at the artists’ expense. Work not collected will be liable to a storage charge.

  • Will all selected artworks be shown in London?

    All artists selected for the Prize Exhibition will be represented at the Bankside Gallery.

    Depending on the size of your selected work, you may be asked to supply a smaller piece for this particular exhibition. If you have more than one work accepted for the Prize Exhibition, we reserve the right to select a smaller number for the Bankside Gallery leg of the tour.

  • When an artwork is sold, how much is the commission to New Light and the gallery?

    Artists will ALWAYS receive 50% of the listed price for artwork sold (as set out in the entry criteria). New Light and the gallery split the remaining 50%, typically 25% each.

    New Light is absolutely dependent on income from commission on sales of artwork, entry fees and donations to continue to fund the Prize Exhibition, the tour and our Art for All programme.

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