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Exciting opportunity for Cumbrian Artists – £10k Art prize & touring exhibition

New Light Prize Exhibition: Shining a Light on Northern Art at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, (photo Stuart Walker)

Cumbrian artists are encouraged to enter for the New Light Prize Exhibition before the deadline of the 31 May 2020. This is an exciting opportunity for northern artists to win a £10k art prize and take part in a prestigious touring exhibition.

The exhibition will tour three of the North’s most prestigious venues: these include Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle; Scarborough Art Gallery and The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle as well as an exhibition in the cultural heart of London, at the Bankside Gallery.

The entry process is all online at

Rachel Gibson

Cumbrian artists selected previous New Light Prize Exhibitions include Penrith based Alan Stones, Carlisle based Mark Gibbs and Brampton based Rachel Gibson, an acrylic artist who was also shortlisted for the Cumbrian Artist of the Year Award in 2017.

“Being part of the New Light Prize Exhibition was a great opportunity to access a really wide and diverse audience.” Comments artist Debbie Loane, a previously shortlisted artist “The touring element of the exhibition enabled me to show my work in some really fantastic venues which just wouldn’t have been achievable on a solo basis. I was really pleased that I made new connections with buyers and curators both in the publicly funded and commercial sector. From an artist’s perspective it was an honour to show in the company of so many really talented artists with a northern connection, proving that it doesn’t always have to go on in London.”

This is a great chance for artists to attract the interest of the art world. This 5th biennial New Light Prize Exhibition has attracted an impressive line-up of judges: contemporary printmaker and Royal Academician Anne Desmet; renowned art critic, writer and editor of the RA Magazine, Sam Phillips; Curator of Art at Huddersfield Art Gallery, Grant Scanlan and founder of the New Light Prize Exhibition, Annette Petchey.

Open to artists born, based or who have studied in the North of England: Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland and Yorkshire, should before the deadline of 31 May 2020. This year’s awards include a £10,000 Valeria Sykes Prize, the Saul Hay Emerging Artist Award, a Patron’s Choice Award of £2,500 and The Zillah Bell Printmakers’ Prize amongst others.

The entry process is all online and full details are at The deadline for entries is 5pm on 31 May, artists must be over 18 years of age.

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