Opportunity: New Light Prize Exhibition

Deadline: 31st July 2017

Entry Fee: £15 for the first image, £30 for two and £10 for each subsequent image.

Prizes: £10,000 Valeria Sykes Award – open to all artists over the age of 18 with a connection to the North of England, whether through birth, degree level study or residence; £2,500 Patron’s Choice Award – this award will be presented by our patron on the night of the Private View; all exhibited works will be considered; Emerging Artists Prize offering mentoring, professional advice and exhibition opportunities; Zillah Bell Printmakers’ Prize – all forms of original printmaking are eligible for this prize, the winner of which will be offered a solo exhibition in the Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk, which plays host to some of the best  printmakers’ shows in the country; The tig Visitors’ Choice Award – where visitors will be asked to vote for their favourite work in the Prize Exhibition; New Light Purchase Prize – the winner’s work will be purchased by New Light to add to the New Light Collection.

Details: 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.)

We expect the 2017/18 Prize Exhibition to be the largest to date, as we travel to three of the North’s most prestigious venues: the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle; Huddersfield Art Gallery; and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle. Also, for the first time, we will be taking all the artists to the cultural heart of London as we spend a week at the Bankside Gallery in June 2018.

In 2015 the show saw over sixty highly-talented artists exhibit at three renowned galleries across the country, with prizes of over £15,000 awarded. The show was seen by 42,500 people across the venues, resulting in sales of over £55,000.

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