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Art prize shines a light on northern talent

  • Date: 26 August 2010
  • Area: North
Jennifer Douglas

Jennifer Douglas. Credit: John Mcintire

Talented artist Jennifer Douglas has scooped the prize for fine art at the inaugural Northern Futures awards. The North East based artist, beat a strong category shortlist of artists from across the north and received her prize at the ceremony in Yorkshire last week.

Her large light based installation 'The Voice of Silence' which uses light bulbs, cable, and a morse code sequencer wowed the high profile judging panel which included Helen Pheby, Curator from Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Ann Bukantas, Head of Fine Art, National Museums Liverpool.

Jennifer, who has been supported through Arts Council's Grants for the Arts Scheme said, 'Winning the award is a real bonus as it will mean my work gets more profile which should lead to more exhibition opportunities nationally and further afield.'

Judge Ann Bukantas, Head of Fine Art, National Museums Liverpool said, 'Northern Futures has brought to light an exciting group of up-and-coming fine artists whose work stood out for its invention, quality and its presence within the gallery space. The competition has succeeded in highlighting new talent and hopefully will bring the work of these artists to the attention of a far wider public.'

Director of Northern Futures, Patrick Murphy praised the judges for their contribution to the Northern Futures Award 'The judges job was not an easy one, their choices reflect a truly dynamic and exciting selection that will contribute to the continued cultural renaissance of the north of England in future years.'

The exhibition of finalists' work continues at The Civic, Barnsley until 12 September 2010.