In response to a late surge in artist entries, the New Light Prize Exhibition has announced a two-week deadline extension until 14 June 2020.

This is an opportunity for Northern artists – who were born, are based in, or studied in, the North of England – to be part of a high-profile touring Prize Exhibition which boasts some of the region’s largest art awards, including the £10,000 Valeria Sykes Award.

Shortlisted artists will feature in the New Light Prize Exhibition, which will tour three of the North’s most prestigious venues from the autumn: the Scarborough Art Gallery; Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle (photo credit: Stuart Walker); and The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle. Selected artists will also be given the opportunity to exhibit in the cultural heart of London, with an exhibition at the Bankside Gallery.

This is a great chance for artists to attract the interest of the art world. This fifth biennial New Light Prize Exhibition has attracted an impressive line-up of judges: contemporary printmaker and Royal Academician, Anne Desmet; renowned art critic, writer and editor of the RA Magazine, Sam Phillips; Curator of Art at Huddersfield Art Gallery, Grant Scanlan; and founder of the New Light Prize Exhibition, Annette Petchey.

This year’s awards include a £10,000 Valeria Sykes Prize, the Saul Hay Emerging Artist Award, a Patron’s Choice Award of £2,500 and The Zillah Bell Printmakers’ Prize among others.

  • The entry process is all online and full details are at
  • The new deadline for entries is 6pm on 14 June (all artists must be registered by 12pm)
  • Artists must be over 18 years of age