New Art Prize Announced for North East

south aspect of Seaton Delaval Hall

A new artist prize has been announced this week providing opportunities for emerging and early career artists and creative practitioners in or from the North East. The North East Emerging Artist Prize is a collaboration between the National Trust at Seaton Delaval Hall and Curator, Matthew Jarratt. It is open to artists in or from the North East who are in the final year of their undergraduate degree, studying for a masters’ degree or who have graduated in the last three years.

The award, developed by Seaton Delaval Hall’s General Manager, Emma Thomas, and Curator Matthew Jarratt, is open to artists from all artforms and applications are encouraged from music/sound, theatre, film, literature and design as well as fine art.

From the applications, eight artists will be supported to develop their proposals, which will be presented at Seaton Delaval Hall from May 2022, with two of the proposals to be realised and exhibited in the spring of 2023. A £300 bursary for each of the eight shortlisted artists will initially be provided, with a budget of £4,000 to each of the two selected artists to realise their ideas.

The award’s aim is to showcase site specific contemporary art in an historic context and to encourage emerging artists to develop proposals at Seaton Delaval Hall, one of the region’s most distinct historic settings.

Seaton Delaval Hall’s General Manager Emma Thomas said 

" ‘This is an opportunity for artists interested in producing site-specific work to develop their practise with support from the National Trust and Curator, Matthew Jarratt. There is tremendous scope for those shortlisted to develop their work at the Hall, particularly as we come towards the end of the National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported Curtain Rises project and more of its spaces are open to the public and its history made more visible through a re-presentation of the collection and creative interpretation.’ "
- Emma Thomas

Before taking up her post at Seaton Delaval Hall, Emma was a founding member of the team at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, part of the management team ahead of its opening in 2002 and head of the learning and engagement programmes for 20 years.  She previously worked at Modern Art Oxford, and the Liverpool Biennial before joining BALTIC and was on the Board of engage, the National Association of Gallery Education.

Emma continues:

The prize really builds on that rich historical tradition the Hall and its family have of supporting artists from a variety of disciplines, including painting, theatre and writing.  Seaton Delaval Hall became a place of drama, theatricality and extreme playfulness.  We want to continue to encourage that spirit and artistic expression in the region with the North East Emerging Artist Prize.  We’re also really looking forward to involving our visitors in the selection process of choosing the two artists whose work will be presented each year.’

Visitors will be able to view the eight shortlisted proposals on site at Seaton Delaval Hall and select their preferred choice.  These votes will be carried through to support the decision made by the judging panel.

Award Curator, Matthew Jarratt, said:

‘I’m delighted to have developed this new Emerging Artist’s Prize with Seaton Delaval Hall. It will enable artists and designers at the early stages of their careers to propose extraordinary ideas for one of the North East’s most fascinating historic properties.

The last few years have been particularly tough for artists and our plan is that this annual award will provide support and mentoring for eight artists working in a wide range of materials to learn more about making contemporary art in a heritage environment.

The Delaval family have an outstanding and rich history of supporting new art, theatre and architecture since the 18th Century and it will be exciting to see how a new generation of artists will be inspired by Seaton Delaval Hall.’

Thanks to National Lottery players via funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Seaton Delaval Hall has recently undergone a major project to restore some of its most iconic features and bring back the sense of drama for which it was known. As a result, artists will be able to engage with a variety of settings at the property from its interiors and outbuildings to the revived and dramatic Vanbrugh landscape to realise their ideas. They will be mentored and advised by Matthew Jarratt throughout the process and a designated National Trust lead will support each successful artist.

Artists interested in participating in the prize can download the application form below.  If you need the form as a Word document, please email SeatonDelavalHall@nationaltrust.org.uk. Applications close 10th December.

NE Emerging Artist Award Application Form (PDF / 0.1MB) download