We are pleased to announce that we are supporting the Greater Manchester Arts Prize 2016 along with our friends G.F Smith. The new annual arts prize has been launched by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, thanks to a public grant from the Arts Council England and sponsorship from the business community.
Through the prize, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce has committed to uncovering the talent of emerging contemporary artists, providing them with a platform to showcase their work to the business community and ultimately helping to retain artistic talent within the region.
The last few years have seen a number of exciting developments in the region’s contemporary arts sector, with The Manchester Contemporary art fair now in its 7th year, the merger of two of Manchester’s best-loved arts organisations, Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company into HOME and the regeneration of Granada Studios into, ‘The Factory’, the city’s cutting-edge arts venue.
Art prizes do exist across the region, but there is a need in the Greater Manchester contemporary arts scene but there is a need in the Greater Manchester contemporary arts scene for a prize which celebrates creativity and excellence, in partnerships between business and the arts.
Joy Sewart, Operations Manager for the Chamber, who is leading project said: “Our aim is to find and build the careers of emerging Greater Manchester-based artists and help retain artistic talent in our region. There is a wealth of talent across our region and our job at the Chamber is to provide a platform to showcase and celebrate the work of our contemporary visual artists.”
The prize will be open to practising semi-professional and professional artists working or living in one of the 10 local authorities across Greater Manchester. The overall winner and three runners-up prizes will be announced at the Chamber’s Annual Business Dinner on 19 May 2016 at Victoria Warehouse.
The overall winner will receive a cash prize of £1500 (with £150 of vouchers from art suppliers Fred Aldous and paper products from G.F Smith paper manufacturers), with the three runners-up each receiving a cash prize of £750 (with £50 of vouchers from Fred Aldous and paper products from G.F Smith). All winners will be presented with an award made by a local artist. Shortlisted entries and the winners will receive exhibition space to display their artwork in the Chamber Summer 2016 Exhibition.
Craig Charles has been confirmed as the host/DJ for the Annual Dinner at Victoria Warehouse, which has been billed as a “wholehearted celebration of the quality and diversity of Greater Manchester business.” The dinner will be attended by over 800 people from businesses, so for the arts prize to be awarded at the dinner provides a real opportunity for contemporary artists to showcase their work direct to the heart of business and increase their chance of commissions.
Sitting on the Judging Panel for the 2016 prize is Kwong Lee, Director of Castlefield Art Gallery, Paulette Terry Brien, Co-director of The International 3 and Co-curatorial co-ordinator of The Manchester Contemporary, Sarah Hardacre, internationally renowned Greater Manchester-based visual artist and Louise Durose, General Counsel at MAN Diesel & Turbo UK Ltd and collector of northern art.
The Judging Panel are interested in receiving entries from contemporary visual artists who are living/practising in Greater Manchester, whose work portrays significant potential, interesting ideas and strong messaging.
Paulette of The International 3 said: “The International 3 is excited to be working alongside the Chamber and Castlefield Gallery to deliver the inaugural Greater Manchester Chamber Arts Prize. The prize echoes The International 3’s core aims of identifying and supporting emerging artists, we are delighted therefore to be part of a project that will provide artists in Greater Manchester with new opportunities to gain recognition and support for their work.”
The arts prize and commission opportunity to produce the prizes are now open for entries. Artists can submit work via the website at: www.gmartsprize.co.uk.