Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor of the Year Award, 2017

Cheeseburn Sculpture and The Gillian Dickinson Trust are pleased to launch the second  Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor of the Year Award with an exhibition of proposals by 12 young artists.  


Support and mentoring for young North East artists

The visual art award aims to encourage new talent and to support the early careers of young North East artists.

Each artist has been funded to work up their initial proposal into more detailed concepts and models, all of which will be exhibited at Cheeseburn Sculpture from 20th to 31st May 2017.  There will be a public vote for visitors tote Stables Gallery and online via Facebook.

After the exhibition of proposals, the panel of judges 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 from Cheeseburn Curator Matthew Jarratt and £6,500 to produce their sculpture or installation for exhibition in the gardens of Cheeseburn in spring 2018.

Matthew Jarratt  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.”