The short-list featuring all the works which will be displayed at The Bowes Museum can now be seen on the What’s New page. We think it’s our strongest yet with artists represented from across the North of England – and with works from Northern artists living as far afield as Ireland, Wales and Cornwall. We are particularly delighted to have attracted submissions from all ages and from both established artists who have already made a name for themselves in the art world, to those who have just embarked – or are deciding whether to embark – on a professional artistic career.

This year, the judges had a particularly difficult task with almost 2000 entries submitted. Their resulting short-list features 84 of the finest works from 61 of some of the most talented artists working in the UK, and gives a particularly exciting insight into contemporary Northern art.

As one of the judges, Laura Gascoigne, commented: “True to its name, New Light is a revelation. None of the open exhibitions I’ve judged in the past has tapped into such a pool of undiscovered talent. There are always a few established artists whose work one recognises, but nearly all the artists here were new to me and there were several I was astonished – and rather ashamed – not to have come across. I hope this exposure will make them more visible in future. The sheer variety of work, at all levels, was heartening – it bolstered my faith in the vigour of British painting.”

You’ll be able to find out whether your favourite matches the judges’ choice when the £10,000 Valeria Sykes Prize and other awards are presented at 7pm during the Private View at The Bowes Museum on Friday 16th October.

Featured image by Henna Asikainen.


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