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New Lights Award will benefit young artists in the north

  • Date: 20 September 2011
  • Area: North
Metal gate-shaped sculpture with ropes tied to it

The opening of the Hepworth Wakefield was one of the highlights of the Yorkshire arts scene in 2011. Credit: PA

The winner of the first ever New Lights Award is to be revealed this week.

The £10,000 prize recognises and encourages young artists who are trying to establish their careers in the north of England.

It is open to artists aged between 23 and 35 years old, who either gained an arts degree or live in the north. This year's competition has already seen more than 230 entrants and the winner will be announced at the Mercer Gallery in Harrogate, North Yorkshire on Thursday.

Judge Kate Brindley said: 'It is fantastic to see such a great response and such variety in the region - there are some real gems which really stood out for me.'

The competition is particularly notable because it looks to the future of the visual arts industry, rather than celebrating work of established artists.

It also comes near the end of a strong year for the Yorkshire arts industry, which has seen the opening of The Hepworth Wakefield, Anthony Gormley exhibit at Harewood House, near Leeds, a Damien Hurst retrospective in Leeds and an exhibition of East Yorkshire artist David Hockney's work.