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North East arts charity sketches out second young artist award

The Biscuit Factory Foundation’s Open Contemporary Young Artist Award returns for a second year to spotlight emerging talent from across the UK.

This national open call is an opportunity for artists aged 35 and under to submit work that will be considered for inclusion in a group exhibition at The Biscuit Factory – the UK’s largest independent art, craft and design gallery.

The Biscuit Factory Foundation is the gallery’s charitable arm, which aims to nurture and develop the practice and appreciation of the visual arts in the North East of England through an engaging and varied programme of creative opportunities.

The exhibition will run from Friday 18 May to Sunday 19 August 2018; with the overall winner – chosen by the gallery’s curatorial team – receiving £1000 and the opportunity for a solo show at the gallery. The public can also vote for their People’s Choice Winner, who will be awarded £250.

All work in the exhibition will be for sale, with 10 per cent of proceeds going back to The Biscuit Factory Foundation to facilitate future opportunities for artists.

Rachel Brown, General Manager of The Biscuit Factory says: “Following the success of our Open Contemporary Award last year – attracting more than 500 entries from across the country – we’ve decided to provide a commercial platform for young artists again.

“With submissions accepted across a range of media, including fine art, photography, handmade prints, sculpture, glass, ceramics, textiles or jewellery – we’re expecting an eclectic group exhibition this summer. And, with the publicity and increased visitor numbers predicted as part of the much-anticipated Great Exhibition of the North, this is an unrivalled opportunity for up and coming artists to showcase their work to a diverse audience and gain valuable exposure.”

Entries for the Open Contemporary Young Artist Award close on 1 April 2018. For more information on how to enter, please visit The Biscuit Factory website at www.thebiscuitfactory.com/pages/opportunities

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