Artists shortlisted for largest open prize dedicated to art from the Northern regions
New Light, a forward thinking charity that exists to support talented contemporary artists in the North of England, is delighted to announce the artists selected to exhibit their work in the New Light Prize Exhibition 2015, which this year will tour to a trio of high profile galleries across the country, opening at the Bowes Museum in County Durham from 17 October 2015 – 7 February 2016.
New Light received a record number of submissions this year for deliberation by the distinguished panel, comprising: Norman Ackroyd CBE RA, artist and organiser of the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition; The Lord Crathorne KCVO Kst J FSA LLD, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Arts & Heritage Group; Laura Gascoigne, art reviewer; Matthew Hall, Co-Founder, Panter & Hall; and Annette Petchey, Chief Executive, New Light.
The biennial New Light Prize Exhibition is the largest open prize dedicated to art from the Northern regions. It is open to all artists who were born, studied or live in one of the historical counties of the North of England. It recognises and rewards the skills of talented artists in the North and awards the region’s best prizes and exhibition opportunities.
The judges selected a total of 84 works by 61 artists which following the Bowes Museum exhibition will tour to the Mercer Gallery, Harrogate, in February after which a selection of the works will travel to Panter & Hall Gallery, London in June.
Art reviewer and 2015 Judge, Laura Gascoigne, reflects: “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.”
The artists selected to show in this year’s exhibition are:
Sarah Jane Bellwood
Anne Desmet RA
Lotty Alexander Smith
Christopher P Wood