The Gillian Dickinson Trust partnered with Cheeseburn Sculpture to organise the fifth edition of the award. The award aims to encourage young artists studying, working or born in the North East to explore their creative potential.
The winner will be awarded £6,500 to further develop their ideas into an exhibition that will be displayed at Cheeseburn Sculpture in 2021.
Out of eleven contestants, Angharad Creissen, Brandon Saunders, Maximilane Ley, Will Copley, Jed Buttress, Jenny McNamara and Taya Franco are the shortlisted Newcastle University artists for the award.
Shortlisted artists are given £300 to develop and propose an idea for the art installation. The winner will be awarded £6,500 to further develop their ideas into an exhibition that will be displayed at Cheeseburn Sculpture in 2021. The winning artist will also receive support and mentoring from Matthew Jarratt, the current curator and Artist Mentor at Cheeseburn.
We’re happy to be able to support young artists to develop their creative skills to meet the challenges of making sculpture in the environment.Matthew Jarratt, Current Cheeseburn Sculpture curator and mentor
According to Jarratt: “It is the first time these artists have had a budget to work with and an outdoor site to consider. We’re happy to be able to support young artists to develop their creative skills to meet the challenges of making sculpture in the environment."
Joanna Riddel, the founder of Cheeseburn Sculpture in 2015, said:” [the award] is a chance to celebrate the talent that is being nurtured in the North East.”
Among previous winners of the Young Sculptor Award is a recent Newcastle University graduate Peter Hamner. He won the award in 2017 for his installation titled Plato’s Lair. Clare Townley, another graduate won in 2018 with her plastic sculptures that resembled vines and garlands.
The Cheeseburn Sculpture visitors will be able to view the proposals of the shortlisted artists from 23 to 25 May, and will commence on 30 to 31 May. Visitors willl also be able to vote for their favourite proposal. The event will feature Talking Point, a group of critical discussions by artists, academics and visistors reflecting the exhibited artworks.