Woon Foundation Prize

The Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Art Prize offers an exceptional opportunity annually for students currently in the final year of their undergraduate study within the United Kingdom.

The remarkable first prize is a £20,000 fellowship with a 12-month studio space in the Woon Tai Jee studio at BALTIC 39 in Newcastle’s city centre. The year-long fellowship includes mentoring from staff from both institutions and a final exhibition with catalogue at the end of the Fellowship.

There are also two generous runner-up prizes of £9,000 and £6,000.

The deadline for 2017 submissions has now passed. The 2017 judging panel is made up of:

Christine Borland, Turner Prize-nominated artist / Professor, Northumbria University
Holly Hendry, artist / inaugural recipient of Woon Foundation Prize
Hilary Lloyd, artist / Turner Prize-nominee
Laurence Sillars, BALTIC Chief Curator

Ten artists will be shortlisted from the open submission for an exhibition at BALTIC’s project space at BALTIC 39 in summer 2017, with a solo exhibition concluding the Fellowship, at Northumbria University’s Gallery North.

All shortlisted artists will receive a £300 fee. A further £200 is allocated to each shortlisted artist to cover travel and accommodation so they may attend the exhibition preview and award ceremony at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne on Thursday 29 June.

The first winning recipient of the Woon Foundation Prize was Holly Hendry who took up residence in the Woon Tai Jee Studio at BALTIC 39, Newcastle in 2013. Just four short years on and Hendry is showing new work at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, until 24 September in her first major UK institutional exhibition Wrot. Excitingly, Hendry joined the Woon Foundation Prize judging panel this year, alongside established artists and esteemed curators.

Northumbria and BALTIC jointly award and present the The Woon Foundation Prize for Painting and Sculpture as an important part of the successful strategic partnership between the two organisations. Now in its fifth year, the Prize is open to all UK undergraduate Fine Art students who are in their final year of study, graduating in summer 2017. Works to be included in the exhibition must be in mediums of Painting or Sculpture.

Mr Wee Teng Woon kindly funds these major prizes and support of emerging artists and talent development to the value of £40,000 through his family’s foundation.

The prize was launched in 2012 and the inaugural winner was Holly Hendry who completed her Fellowship in September 2014. Ramona Zoladek held the Fellowship 2014/15, Kayt Hughes in 2015/16 and the current fellow is Becca Halliwell-Sutton.

Woon Tai Jee Fellows

2016/17 Fellow: Becca Halliwell-Sutton
2015/16 Fellow: Kayt Hughes
2014/15 Fellow: Ramona Zoladek
2013/14 Fellow: Holly Hendry

View 2016 Woon Prize exhibition catalogue
View 2015 Woon Prize exhibition catalogue