Updated: Monday, 20th November 2017 @ 5:34pm

'Invaluable' northern art prize up for grabs with help from Manchester's Saul Hay Gallery

'Invaluable' northern art prize up for grabs with help from Manchester's Saul Hay Gallery

| By Lucy McLaughlin

Manchester’s Saul Hay Gallery is helping to shine a light on emerging Northern artists this year.

The gallery, only opened less than a year ago in October 2016, has an ethos of championing artists from the Greater Manchester region, both established and emerging.

The Saul Hay Gallery has now partnered with The New Light Prize Exhibition to further its pioneering of new Northern artists.

The New Light Prize Exhibition is a biennial competition open to any artist who was born in the North of England, lived here or studied for a degree/postgraduate qualification here.

This year their Emerging Artist Award will be sponsored by the Saul Hay Gallery, a partnership that will celebrate the best art from the North of England.

The partnership between Saul Hay and New Light seems like a match made in heaven, with Catherine Hay, Director of the Saul Hay Gallery, saying “Like us, New Light is passionate about encouraging and promoting artists in the North of England.

"As a fairly young gallery ourselves, it felt right to support the prize for those artists just starting out on a professional artistic career."

Additionally, Emerson Mayes, CEO of New Light, was of a similar sentiment: “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.

"The Saul Hay Gallery, an important and well-loved addition to Manchester’s art scene, was the ideal sponsor for our Emerging Artist Award, particularly as they share our deep belief that the visual arts matter and the North of England deserves to be celebrated.”

The New Light Prize Exhibition tours three of the most prestigious art galleries in the North – Barnard Castle’s Bowes Museum, Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, and Huddersfield Art Gallery.

Additionally, all shortlisted artists will be able to exhibit their art in the Bankside Gallery in London.

The winner of the Saul Hay Emerging Artist Award will also receive mentorship from Mandy Payne, 2015 winner of New Light’s Valeria Sykes Award, herself describing the support from New Light as “invaluable”.

You can catch Payne’s work at the Saul Hay Gallery, where she now regularly exhibits.

For more information on entering the New Light Prize Exhibition, click here: http://newlight-art.org.uk/prize-exhibition/

Image courtesy of New Light Art Prize via Twitter, with thanks.