North East Young Sculptor of the Year Award: Cheeseburn Sculpture and The Gillian Dickinson Trust partner to launch the Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor of the Year Award

Today Cheeseburn Sculpture announce a three-year partnership with The Gillian Dickinson Trust that will support young artists and give a platform for developing sculptural talent in the North East with The Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor of the Year award.

The visual art award, the first of its kind in the region, aims to encourage new talent and to support the early careers of young North East artists and designers. This project will provide a professional showcase for the winning artist at Cheeseburn Sculpture gardens and gallery, near Stamfordham, and with financial backing from The Gillian Dickinson Trust, Cheeseburn will help the winning artist to develop their practice and commence their professional career.

Cheeseburn, which has already welcomed 2,000 visitors to its sculpture gardens and gallery this year, is a new destination for visual art in the North East. Curated by Matthew Jarratt and proprietor Joanna Riddell, the gardens and gallery play host to over thirty pieces of sculpture as well as regular exhibitions and contemporary art events and is committed to developing sculptural talent in the region.

Following an open call for submissions, launching today, a selection panel will narrow the field down to ten artists. These finalists will be awarded £300 to work up their initial proposal into more detailed concepts and models, all of which will be exhibited at Cheeseburn Sculpture and open to the public from March 2016.

After the exhibition of proposals, the panel will review all works and select one winning artist who will be awarded the title of Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor of the Year. The successful artist will receive support and mentoring and £5,000 to produce their sculptural/installation work for exhibition in the gardens of Cheeseburn in September 2016.

Opening its first call for submissions today, The Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor of the Year invites artists aged between 18 and 25 years old, from the region (or returning to the region after studying away) and currently studying art or practicing art to apply before the deadline of Monday 30th November.

Applicants are requested to apply via email to and send: – A one page written description outlining your work as an artist or art education – A one page CV – Up to six images of previous work

Matthew Jarratt, Curator at Cheeseburn Sculpture said, “The North East has a remarkable track record for commissioning public art and amazing sculpture from some of the worlds leading artists. At Cheeseburn we are committed to contemporary sculpture and this award is aimed at nurturing a new generation of talent from the region who are just starting out on new creative careers.” 

Joanna Riddell Director of Cheeseburn Sculpture said “The interest and financial support for this project from The Gillian Dickinson Trust is truly magnificent. Encouraging young artists is so important, and this prize will truly benefit the young talent in the North East. It is a unique and exciting venture.” 

The Gillian Dickinson Trust commented, “The Trustees of the Gillian Dickinson Trust are delighted to be able to support and encourage young, aspiring sculptors in the North East by working with Cheeseburn Sculpture to deliver this Award. The Trust aims to encourage excellence in the Arts in young people from this great Region and we look forward to seeing how the applicants for this Award will demonstrate their ability and creativity in this medium.”

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