Final year, undergraduate artists from across the UK can now apply for one of the UK’s most generous arts prizes. The Woon Foundation Painting & Sculpture Prize, jointly hosted by Northumbria University and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art offers an exceptional opportunity for Fine Art students.
The remarkable first prize is a £20,000 fellowship with a 12-month studio space in the Woon Tai Jee studio at BALTIC 39 in Newcastle's city centre. The year-long fellowship includes mentoring from staff from both institutions and a final exhibition with catalogue at the end of the Fellowship.
There are also two generous runner-up prizes of £9,000 and £6,000.
The Prize is fee-free and applications can be made via woonprize.co.uk until Monday 3 April 2017.
The shortlisted artists will be selected by a panel of judges including Laurence Sillars, BALTIC Chief Curator; Hilary Lloyd, artist and Turner Prize-nominee; Holly Hendry, artist and inaugural recipient of Woon Foundation Prize; and chaired by Christine Borland, Turner Prize-nominated artist and Professor, Northumbria University.
Ten artists will be shortlisted from the open submission for an exhibition at BALTIC’s project space at BALTIC 39 in summer 2017, with a solo exhibition concluding the Fellowship, at Northumbria University's Gallery North.
All shortlisted artists will receive a £300 fee. A further £200 is allocated to each shortlisted artist to cover travel and accommodation so they may attend the exhibition preview and award ceremony at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne on Thursday 29 June.
The first winning recipient of the Woon Foundation Prize was Holly Hendry who took up residence in the Woon Tai Jee Studio at BALTIC 39, Newcastle in 2013. Just four short years on and Hendry will show new work at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead from 18 February – 4 June in her first major UK institutional exhibition Wrot. Excitingly, Hendry will join the Woon Foundation Prize judging panel this year, alongside established artists and esteemed curators.
Northumbria and BALTIC jointly award and present the The Woon Foundation Prize for Painting and Sculpture as an important part of the successful strategic partnership between the two organisations. Now in its fifth year, the Prize is open to all UK undergraduate Fine Art students who are in their final year of study, graduating in summer 2017. Works to be included in the exhibition must be in mediums of Painting or Sculpture.
The Woon Foundation Prize is open for applications from Monday 6 February and closes on Monday 3 April 2017.
For full terms and conditions and to enter visit woonprize.co.uk