Manchester Gallery Helps Shine a Light on Emerging Northern Artsists

One of Manchester’s youngest contemporary art galleries is lending a helping hand to artists at the start of their career. By sponsoring the Emerging Artist Award at this year’s New Light Prize Exhibition.

Based in historic Castlefield, Saul Hay Gallery joined Manchester’s vibrant art scene in October 2016. Exhibiting both established and emerging artists from Greater Manchester and beyond. The gallery was keen to become involved with the New Light Prize Exhibition as it celebrates the best art in the North of England.

Catherine Hay, Director of Saul Hay Gallery, said:

”We’re very excited to be sponsoring the Emerging Artist Award for the New Light Prize Exhibition.

The New Light Prize Exhibition is a open exhibition and tours three prestigious galleries: the Bowes Museum, Huddersfield Art Gallery; and Tullie House Museum / Art Gallery.

All short-listed artists will also be given the opportunity to exhibit in the cultural heart of London. A week-long exhibition at the Bankside Gallery. As well as the Saul Hay Emerging Artist Award, this year’s awards include the £10,000 Valeria Sykes Award, a £2,500 Patron’s Choice Award and the Zillah Bell Printmakers’ Prize.

Artist Mandy Payne, the 2015 winner of the Valeria Sykes Award comments:

“The ethos of the New Light Prize Exhibition to raise the profile of Northern artists.


The fourth New Light Prize Exhibition provides an exciting opportunity for artists to attract the interest of the art world. The impressive line-up of judges includes contemporary artist Charming Baker; renowned art historian and writer, Frances Spalding CBE; Thom Hetherington,  Reyahn King, Anna Wilkinson and Emerson Mayes, CEO of New Light. Emerson said:

One of the most important things any artist needs at the start of their career is the support of a well-respected and engaged gallery.

Contemporary artists born or based or who have studied in the North of England should apply for the 2017 New Light Prize Exhibition online  before the deadline of 5pm on 31 July 2017. Artists are invited to submit wall-hung work in a wide range of media including prints, drawing and painting.

TNT Arts / Culture

Photo Credit: New Light

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