Contemporary Young Artist Award

Deadline: 26/01/2020  |  Published: 07/10/2019  |  Venue: The Biscuit Factory  |  City: Newcastle Upon Tyne  |  Region: Tyne and Wear  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  The Biscuit Factory

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CONTEMPORARY YOUNG ARTIST AWARD is an opportunity for artists aged 35 or under and working in the UK, to submit work for the chance to win a grand prize of £2000. Shortlisted artists will be featured in an exhibition at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

The Biscuit Factory is the UK's largest art, craft & design gallery, set in the heart of Newcastle's Cultural Quarter. Housed in a former Victorian warehouse, our beautiful gallery spaces, set over two floors, display a range of exciting contemporary fine art, sculpture, original prints, and jewellery.

The Biscuit Factory Foundation is a charity that 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.

Open to established and emerging artists that are aged 35 or under, the Contemporary Young Artist Award will profile the successful entrants and raise awareness of mixed contemporary art practices. The Biscuit Factory welcomes submissions including fine art, photography, original handmade prints, sculpture, glass, ceramics and textiles.

Launching on Friday 6 March 2020 a exhibition of shortlisted artists will take the headline spot in our Spring Exhibition running until Sunday 24 May 2020. All work included in the exhibition will be for sale, with 10% of sales going back to The Biscuit Factory Foundation to facilitate future opportunities for artists.

The winner of the award will be unveiled at the exhibition launch on the 6 March.

PRIZES: The winner will receive £2,000 and the opportunity for a solo show of work at The Biscuit Factory, along with a comprehensive press package. There will also be a People’s Choice winner, as voted for by the public, who will receive a £500 prize.

HOW TO ENTER: Fill in a submission form here. Please submit only one piece per application or your submission may not be considered for the award. The Biscuit Factory is willing to accept up to three applications from each artist. Any submissions exceeding this limit will not be eligible for inclusion in the exhibition. Please read the FAQs for full Terms and Conditions. If you have any questions that are not answered in the FAQs, do get in touch.


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Any practising artist aged 35 years or younger on the final day of submission and working in the UK is eligible to enter. International submissions may not be considered due to shipping times and costs.

Please note submissions EXCLUDE film and installation artworks. Submissions of film or installation will not be considered.
When is the deadline?
All submissions must be made by 11:59pm on Sunday 26 January 2020. Submissions made after this date will not be eligible.
How many works can I submit?
Entrants may submit up to 3 individual artworks (1 art work per submission). Any additional submissions will not be eligible, and the earliest submissions will be included for consideration.
When is the delivery date?
If your work is selected to be part of the exhibition, the submission must be delivered to The Biscuit Factory any time before 4pm on Friday 14 February 2020. The artist is responsible for delivery of all artworks, and delivery details MUST be pre-approved by gallery staff.
When do I need to collect my work?
Any unsold work must be collected from The Biscuit Factory between Monday 25 May & Saturday 30 May. The gallery must be given at least 48 hours’ notice of collection. The artist is responsible for collection of all artworks. You will receive further instruction from our curatorial team about collection should your submission be successful.
How much does it cost?
This award is free to enter.
Are there payments to artists?
Artists will receive payment from sales made during the exhibition via bank transfer. All payments are back dated by one month. Artists must provide bank details in order for payment to be made.

The Biscuit Factory will take a commission of 40% from sales to cover exhibition costs, excluding VAT, 10% of all sales (taken from The Biscuit Factory commission) will go back to The Biscuit Factory Foundation to facilitate future opportunities for artists. You will receive further instruction from our curatorial team about payment should your submission be successful.
Is there a private view / opening?
The exhibition will be the headline show of our Spring Exhibition, launching on 6 March 2020. Our exhibition launches happen seasonally and attract a footfall of around 400+ people on that night alone.
All artists included will be welcome to attend the launch.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
The gallery is open daily Monday - Sunday, 10am until 5pm.
Does the location have disabled access?
Yes, via ramps to the front of the gallery, as well as interior lifts to reach each floor.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Our Spring Exhibition will be the focal point of all of our promotional material for that season and the lead up prior to the launch, with extensive coverage of our headline show (the exhibition of shortlisted artists) across this promotional material, adverts and digital campaigns.

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