WOON FOUNDATION PRIZE 2016
1 – 31 July 2016
BALTIC’s project space, BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
Wed-Sun 12.00-18.00, Thu 12.00-20.00
HANNAH BARKER / JOSEPH DAVIES / JAKE GREWAL / REBECCA HALLIWELL-SUTTON / MELLONEY HARVEY / BEX ILSLEY / HOLLY MUIR / SHEYDA PORTER / JAMES TRUNDLE / JAKE VELLA
BALTIC 39 presents, for the second time, the annual Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize, a vibrant exhibition by talented graduating artists from across the country. This unique and highly prestigious award, presented in partnership with Northumbria University and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, has been made possible by the Woon Foundation.
The 10 finalists for this year’s prestigious Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize have been announced after a record number of applications.
Delivered jointly by Northumbria University, Newcastle, and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, the Woon Foundation Prize is one of the UK’s most generous prizes for artists. The winners of this year’s prize will be revealed at a special exhibition preview and prize giving on Thursday 30 June 2015 in BALTIC’s project space at BALTIC 39 on High Bridge in Newcastle city centre.
This year’s shortlisted artists have been selected by Christine Borland, who is a Turner Prize-nominated artist; Karen MacKinnon, Curator and Director, Artes Mundi; Laurence Sillars, BALTIC Chief Curator. Almost 300 artists submitted artwork for this year’s prize – the highest number since its launch in 2012 – with two Northumbria Fine Art students making the final shortlist – Hannah Barker and Sheyda Porter.
The three major prizes awarded at this event are: a first prize bursary of £20,000, the 2016 Woon Fellowship, with additional prizes of £9,000 and £6,000. The 2016 Woon Fellow will have access to dedicated space in the BxNU institute at BALTIC 39 for the duration of the Fellowship, as they work toward a solo exhibition and publication.
Professor Christine Borland, who teaches in Northumbria’s Arts department, said: “It has been a very exciting year to be involved in shortlisting the Woon Prize, with a record number of entries and a really high standard.
“It’s particularly gratifying that the applications have represented all the countries of the UK; north, south, east and west. We are looking forward immensely to see the shortlisted work take shape in the exhibition and to choosing a winner to follow in the footsteps of the 2015/16 Woon Fellow, Kayt Hughes who has really made the most of her year.”
Sarah Munro, BALTIC Director added: “The Woon Prize is fast gaining a reputation as the most important award for graduates in Europe”. She continued “It’s wonderful to see a prize that truly puts the needs of (the next generation of) emerging artists at its centre. It will be exciting to see this new generation of talent exhibited in the project space at BALTIC 39. We also look forward to welcoming the new Woon Fellow into the region and vibrant artistic community in the North East of England.”