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New awards for northern talent

  • Date: 9 March 2010
  • Area: North

Northern Futures recognises and rewards the best emerging talent, age 21-40, from the North of England, and will showcase prize winners and runners up at the Northern Futures Award Exhibition at The Civic from 28 July to 3 September 2010.

The judging panels for this innovative award will include Yorkshire Sculpture Park, British Fashion Council, BFI Southbank and the Baltic Gallery. For the inaugural year there are four entry categories: Fine art, Fashion, Film and 3D Design.

The North of England has produced some of the most innovative and respected creative individuals the world has seen. Artists and innovators which include Henry Moore, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Damien Hirst, Mike Leigh, Danny Boyle, David Hockney and Peter Saville, illustrate the wealth of talent that the North produces.

Art and culture are integral to the renaissance of the North. Northern Futures celebrates the future talent emerging from the region and aims to cement the North as a hotbed of new creativity and showcase its talent to the world. 

Chief Executive of The Civic, Fergus Justice-Mills, commented: ‘Northern Futures offers a great chance to see some of the best emerging talent in this country, it’s fantastic that this is happening in Barnsley. The combination of art, film, fashion and design will appeal to audiences of all ages from the region, nationally and internationally.’

Director of Northern Futures, Patrick Murphy, commented: ‘One of the main reasons for the creation of the Northern Futures Awards was to celebrate and acknowledge creativity in the North of England, a region that has already given the UK and the world some of its leading artists, designers and filmmakers. The Civic is a fantastic multi million pound arts venue and a great home for Northern Futures.' 

Entrants can visit to take part in the award.