Deadline extended for New Northern £10,000 Arts Prize

Deadline extended for New Northern £10,000 Arts Prize

Painters based in Liverpool are encouraged to submit applications for an exciting new arts prize before the 12 August 2011. The deadline has recently been extended to enable recent graduates to apply.

The New Lights Art award, worth £10,000 to the winner, aims to provide a springboard for young artists to turn professional. Entry details can be found on or by emailing

Entrants must be aged between 23 – 35 years, live and work in the North of England, as defined by the historic counties of Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland, and Yorkshire, or have graduated in an art-based subject from a college or university based in the North of England with a Bachelor’s or Post Graduation degree.

New Light’s chief executive, Annette Petchey, adds:

“We are keen to encourage new graduates who are either based, or have studied in the North, to enter. New Lights aims to recognise and promote aspiring young painters and the exhibition of shortlisted entries will provide a superb platform to showcase young talent”.

Entrants will be judged by Kate Brindley, Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) and a National Advisor for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Art Funding Programme; Paul Hobson, Director of the Contemporary Arts Society and William Tillyer, the international artist who comes from the North East.

Paintings must be in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media and the exhibition winners will be announced on 22 September 2011 at a special preview.

The Mercer Gallery in Harrogate will host an exhibition of all short-listed entries. This will be open to the public from 24 September until the end of the year.
The organisers are now calling for entries and all interested parties should go to the New Lights web site: and download an entry form.


  1. I of course agree with Steve, yet it is very common practice across Europe and America to create an age bracket (occasionally this is for artists over 30 only, too). I think a grumble would best be directed straight to the New Northern Art Prize itself. Or even an open letter via the Echo..
    More effective than our grumbles here, perhaps. x

  2. I’m a New Light, too, as a new graduate aged 60, but accept the age restrictions although I’m disappointed to have been excluded. Hey Ho.


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