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Exciting opportunity for Cumbrian Artists

Light 2018, by Stuart Walker photography/Copyright Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust

Artists from Cumbria are invited to support sessions at Tullie House to assist entry into one of the region’s most prestigious prize exhibitions of the year.

New Light celebrates and promotes northern art through their biennial Prize Exhibition, last on display in the region at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in October 2018. It is becoming one of the UK’s largest open exhibitions and Tullie House will be part of the exhibition’s tour in 2021. The Museum are pleased to be able to support Cumbrian artists to apply for the New Light Prize Exhibition. New Light has been a springboard for numerous artists leading to national press coverage, recognition, gallery representation and acquisitions by museums and other prominent collections and an opportunity to be part of a touring exhibition is not to be missed.

If you’re creating amazing art but struggling to gain exposure, art contests are a great opportunity for publicity. The support sessions taking place at Tullie House will help you to understand the competition, help develop your professional practise and support your application.

This is a wonderful opportunity for Tullie House to support both well-known and emerging artists and raise awareness of contemporary visual art in the North of England. As part of the Museum’s commitment to reducing barriers to accessing opportunities for artists, an additional strand of support sessions will be run in partnership with Prism Arts, one of the region’s leading inclusive arts organisations. The two organisations will deliver sessions and drop-in surgeries aimed at supporting artists with more diverse needs facing barriers that might impact their opportunity to exhibit and sell their work.

These sessions and the New Light Prize Competition are open to both emerging and established artists aged 18 and over. All mediums are accepted, excluding photography, video, performance and installation art. The competition closes on 31 May 2020.

All sessions will be set in a friendly and relaxed environment, and as well as providing resources and guidance, will include opportunities for taking professional photography of potential submissions.

Sessions led by Tullie House:

An Introduction: What is New Light? 6-7.30pm, Thursday 19 March

Application Drop ins:

  • 2.00 – 4.00pm, Sunday 22 March
  • 2.00 – 4.00pm, Thursday 16 April
  • 5.00 – 7.00pm, Wednesday 6 May
  • 2.00 – 4.00pm, Sunday 24 May

Booking preferred, call the Box Office on 01228 618700

Support Sessions in partnership with Prism Arts:

An Introduction: What is New Light? 6.00 – 7.30pm, Thursday 26 March

This will be a fully accessible and signed session.

Support Sessions:

  • 2.00 – 4.00pm, Sunday 3 May
  • 5.00 – 7.00pm, Wednesday 13 May

All the above sessions are FREE of charge.

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