For the 3rd year, Cheeseburn Sculpture with the support of The Gillian Dickinson Trust, open the call for the North East Young Sculptor of the Year.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Apply by Friday 15th December 2017.

The Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor of the Year is an annual award of £6,500 to encourage new talent and to support the early careers of young North East artists.

The project provides a professional showcase for new artists at Cheeseburn and helps them begin their professional career in the region.

The initiative has been developed by Cheeseburn Sculpture with financial support from the Gillian Dickinson Trust whose charitable funding promotes creative opportunities for young people aged under 25 from the North East.

In the first year of the award in 2016, the exhibition of young sculptors attracted huge public interest with over 1,000 visitors to the exhibition and a significant online presence.

The winning proposal that year was made by Daniel Gough (a recent graduate from Sunderland University), with his ceramic installation of 2,000 red and grey squirrels entitled ‘Scurry’, which attracted national publicity when it was unveiled at Cheeseburn in spring 2017.

The 2017 winner of the competition was Newcastle University MA student Peter Hamner, and Cheeseburn is currently supporting Peter as he produces his winning installation entitled ‘The Cave’ which will be previewed at Cheeseburn in spring 2018.

Cheeseburn now opens the application process for the third award.


To apply, you must:

  • be between the ages of 18 and 25 years old,
  • be from the North East of England (or returning to the region after studying away) or,
  • studying in the region and committed to establishing an artistic practice in the North East, or,
  • already be a practising artist in the North East

The criteria for the age limit and North East focus are defined as part of the charitable aims of The Gillian Dickinson Trust who are funding the project and have a remit to support young people in the region.


To apply, please complete the GDNEYS2018_ApplicationForm and email it to along with up to six images of your current work on a PDF. (maximum 1mb per image)

Please supply all written material as a Word document and all images together in one PDF file.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 15th December 2017.

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged, but regrettably, individual feedback for unsuccessful applications is not possible.

To download the application form click >GDNEYS2018_ApplicationForm<


After reviewing all applications, Cheeseburn will shortlist up to ten artists. Shortlisted artists will be notified by the Friday 12th January 2018 and will be invited to a briefing at Cheeseburn.

Each shortlisted artist will be awarded £300 to develop a proposal between January and April 2018.

The proposals can be for a sculpture or an installation in the grounds at Cheeseburn. They should be a response to the site and a development of the artist’s current work.

The shortlisted artists will receive advice and support from Cheeseburn curator Matthew Jarratt and artist Joseph Hillier to develop proposals in time for an exhibition to take place at Cheeseburn in May 2018.

Each of the shortlisted artists will be expected to produce a model and drawings for the exhibition. Cheeseburn will also create design boards and online information to communicate the project and promote artists.

After the exhibition in May 2018, a selection panel will agree to support one proposal, and the winning idea and young artist will receive a bursary of £1,500 and a production budget of £5,000 to produce the work which will be unveiled at Cheeseburn in spring 2019.

The selected artist will be mentored and supported throughout the process of technical design, budgeting and production.


Friday 15th December 2017 / Deadline for applications
Friday 12th January 2018 / Shortlisted artists informed and briefed
Saturday 19th May 2018 / Launch weekend for exhibition of proposals
June / July 2018 (TBC) / Winning artist selected
July 2018 – April 2019 (TBC) / Winning artist proposal in production
May 2019 (TBC) / Unveiling of installation or sculpture