Yorkshire Times
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5:55 AM 8th February 2020

Prestigious New Light Prize Exhibition To Take Place At Scarborough Art Gallery For First Time This Autumn

For the first time the New Light Prize Exhibition, an open exhibition which aims to shine a light on Northern art, will take place at Scarborough Art Gallery this year.

New Light 2017-2018. Photo by Sam Toolsie
New Light 2017-2018. Photo by Sam Toolsie
The high-profile exhibition, celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2020, has in the past featured work by artists such as Norman Ackroyd CBE RA, Anne Desmet RA, Maxwell Doig, Mark Demsteader, Chris Cook, Mandy Payne, James Naughton and Jo Taylor. It can be seen at Scarborough Art Gallery from Saturday 19 September 2019 to Sunday 10 January 2021, with submissions invited from Sunday 1 March to Sunday 31 May 2020.

New Light Judge Anne Desmet
New Light Judge Anne Desmet
Artists who were born, live, or have studied in one of the historic counties of the North of England (Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Westmorland, County Durham and Northumbria) can submit their work between 1 March and 31 May online at:

Judging will take place on over the summer with a judging panel comprising printmaker and artist Anne Desmet RA; the editor of RA Magazine, Sam Phillips; the curator of Huddersfield Art Gallery, Grant Scanlan, and the chair of New Light, Annette Petchey.

The winners of the competition will be announced at the private view at Scarborough Art Gallery on Friday 18 September.

New Light judge Annette Petchey
New Light judge Annette Petchey
The prizes are:

The £10,000 Valeria Sykes Award: open to all artists over 18 with a connection to the North of England, whether through birth, degree level study or residence.

The £2,500 Patron’s Choice Award: presented on the night of the private view: all exhibited works are considered.

The Saul Hay Gallery Emerging Artists Prize: offering mentoring, professional advice and exhibition opportunities including a solo show.

The Zillah Bell Printmakers’ Prize: all forms of original printmaking are eligible; the winner will be offered a solo exhibition in the Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk, host to some of the UK’s best printmakers’ shows.

The Visitors’ Choice Award: visitors are asked to vote for their favourite work.

New Light Purchase Prize: the winner’s work is purchased by the charity to add to its Collection.

The New Light Prize Exhibition will be at Scarborough Art Gallery before moving on to Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle, The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle, and culminating in London at The Bankside Gallery.

Simon Hedges, Head of Curation, Collections and Exhibitions at Scarborough Museums Trust, says: “The tenth anniversary of the prestigious New Light Prize Exhibition is the beginning of a new relationship between it and Scarborough Museums Trust.

“We plan to further develop this relationship in the future with more curatorial input and a strategic plan to work in partnership across the North of England. This type of high profile prize will support our programme of continuing professional development for artists across our region”

Rebekah Tadd, Development Director at New Light, says: "New Light is delighted to be working with Scarborough Museums Trust to launch its tenth anniversary New Prize Exhibition, showcasing the best in Northern art.

“The Prize Exhibition has gone from strength to strength in recent years and we eagerly anticipate the high standard and diverse wealth of talent from our Northern artists.” Established in 2010, New Light celebrates and promotes both well-known and emerging artists by offering some of the region’s best awards and opportunities with the biennial new Light Prize Exhibition, fast becoming one of the UK’s largest and most talked-about open exhibitions.

It also runs New Light Art for All, an education programme which includes talks, workshops and school projects, and the New Light Collection, which will be launched this spring and which aims to make the best in Northern visual arts available to more people, by loaning pieces free of charge to public bodies and charities.

The common thread through everything New Light does is a deep belief that the visual arts matter and the North of England deserves to be celebrated.

New Light is run by a dedicated group of people who are passionate about the visual arts in the North of England. It relies entirely on donations and sponsorship.