Ee, by eck, int it grand! A Northern Art Prize for Northern Artists and 16K is a lot of brass for us poor northerners.
Not clear exactly where the boundary for the North is though.
A glittering gathering at Leeds Art Gallery, on November 22 2006, saw the naming of a select panel that will judge the winner of the brand new £16,000 arts award, the Northern Art Prize.
The new prize is being introduced as a unique award to celebrate the talents of contemporary artists based in the North of England and carries a seductive £16,500 winner’s fee.
Wakefield born 2001 Turner Prize Winner, Martin Creed will head the judging panel with other elite members of the UK’s art scene. Tate Collection curator, Ann Gallagher, will join The Independent’s art critic, Tom Lubbock, together with Turner Prize judge, Greville Worthington, to judge the prize.
Creed hopes that in acknowledging Northern artists, the prize will help to encourage new and exciting artworks and media. He said, “Art – like everything else – is all about competing, about being the best, about not losing. I hope the Northern Art Prize will help.