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When we first set up the New Light Prize Exhibition a few years ago, it was specifically for emerging artists under the age of 35. While we have now widened our remit to include all Northern artists (as we felt artists of all ages and stages in their career were deserving of recognition and support), we’re still very interested in the creative achievements of the next generation of artists studying in the North of England.
So yesterday saw us making the journey North to visit ‘Reveal’: Northumbria University’s Degree Show which includes work from their Fine Art students, as well as those who have graduated in 3D Design, Animation, Architecture, Contemporary Photographic Practice, Design for Industry, Fashion and Graphic Design.
It was interesting to see the individual styles of the graduating students, the high calibre of their work and the quality and range of media on display. For us, it was particularly reassuring to discover plenty of paintings and drawings among the installations (not something we currently accept into the Exhibition), and interesting to find the work of two students in the BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree Show who have already expressed an interest in entering this year’s Prize Exhibition:
Samuel Johnson …
and George Unthank:
Everyone who enters the Prize Exhibition is in with a chance of winning the main £10,000 Valeria Sykes Award, but we do still have a prize specifically for emerging artists: The Swinton Foundation Prize. This has been designed to offer a valuable kickstart to an artist’s burgeoning career by offering mentoring and professional advice, as well as exhibition opportunities.
We wish every success to all those graduating this summer from Northumbria and elsewhere – and hope to see more of your work in this year’s exhibition.