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  • Art. Exhibition. Call for Artists: Shining a Light on Northern Art. The North

    23 May - 31 Jul

    Call for Artists: Shining a Light on Northern Art

    Bowes Museum

    Barnard Castle, DL12 8NP, Newgate

    The North


    New Light 2017, the most talked about Prize Exhibition in the North, is now open for entries. Organisers are calling for contemporary Northern artists to apply for this high profile Prize Exhibition, which boasts some of the region’s largest art awards, totalling more than £15,000.

    Shortlisted artists will feature in the New Light Prize Exhibition, which will tour three of the North’s most prestigious venues: the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle; Huddersfield Arts Gallery and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle. Also for the first time artists will be given the opportunity to exhibit in the cultural heart of London, with a week-long exhibition at the Bankside Gallery.

    A special feature of New Light is that is open to artists at any stage of their creative careers: from emerging to established. Mandy Payne, the recipient of the 2015 Valeria Sykes Prize comments: “The ethos of the New Light Arts Prize to raise the profiles and support Northern artists is a much needed and brilliant idea. On a personal level, I have found the support I have received from the New Light organisation invaluable”. 

    Contemporary artists born, based or who have studied in the North of England: Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland and Yorkshire, should apply online at before the deadline of 31 July 2017. This year’s awards include the £10,000 Valeria Sykes Prize, a Patron’s Choice Award of £2,500 and Printmakers’ Prize amongst others.

    This is a great chance for artists to attract the interest of the art world. With this 4th biennial New Light Prize Exhibition featuring an impressive line up of judges: contemporary artist Charming Baker; renowned art critic and writer, Frances Spalding CBE; CEO of the Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary, Thom Hetherington; Chief executive of York Museums Trust, Reyahn King; Director of Northern Print, Anna Wilkinson and CEO of New Light and practising artist, Emerson Mayes.

    “True to its name, New Light is a revelation. Nearly all of 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 the future. The sheer variety of work, at all levels, was heartening – it bolstered my faith in the vigour of British painting.” Laura Gascoigne – Art Reviewer and 2015 Judge

    Artists are invited to submit wall-hung work in a wide range of media including prints, drawing and painting online at The deadline for entries is 5pm on 31 July, artists must be over 18 years of age.


    Art, photography, Hakim Boulouiz

    Hakim Boulouiz



    Art, painting, jessica brilli

    jessica brilli



    Art, collage, Maike Lüdenbach

    Maike Lüdenbach



    Art, painting, Chantal van Houten

    Chantal van Houten



    Art, painting, yangyang pan

    yangyang pan



    Art, sculpture, Harriet Horton

    Harriet Horton



    Art, photography, Louis De Belle

    Louis De Belle



    Art, collage, Taizo Matsuyama

    Taizo Matsuyama