The Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor of the Year started in 2015 and has funding and support from the Gillian Dickinson Trust until 2020.

The scheme aims to support early career artists in their work, allowing them to develop their practice and work with mentors to build their career.

Each year, an artist is chosen from ten applicants to develop an installation for Cheeseburn. The selected artist receives £6,500 to create their work and take a fair fee from the budget.

Ten proposals are judged by Cheeseburn, the Gillian Dickinson Trust, the public and independent artists before a winner is selected, previous winners include:

2016, Daniel Gough, Scurry, unveiled in 2017
2017, Peter Hanmer, Plato’s Lair, unveiled in 2018
2018, Clare Townley, featured installation in 2019

The application process to be considered for the 2019 Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor Award is now open.

Interested artists/sculptors should send six images of current work on a PDF by Monday 10th December 2018 to

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 practising in the North East.

To read more and make your application, click here > > > GDNEYS_2019_Application_Final

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 10th December 2018, any applications received after this time will not be accepted.