New Lights, a forward thinking charity that exists to support talented contemporary artists in the North of England is to hold its inaugural exhibition outside the North, at The Mall Galleries in London from 15 – 20 September 2014.
New Lights promotes engagement with the arts in the region through a lively programme of events aimed at building awareness of the contemporary art scene among northern audiences. It supports a wide range of artists working across the North of England, many of who face difficulty in establishing themselves professionally due to the dominance of the London and South East art scene. Where previously New Lights was an organisation designed to launch the careers of emerging artists, they are now widening their parameters to include professional artists.
This exhibition showcases selected work created by both established and emerging artists living, born or who have studied in the North of England. It aims to compliment the New Lights Prize, a biennial competition that celebrates the finest artistic talent from the North.
New Lights founder and chief executive, Annette Petchey, reflects: “This exhibition provides a unique opportunity for art lovers in London and across the South to enjoy and discover the work of both established artists and accomplished newcomers from the North of England. The quality of work in the show echoes and celebrates the rich, artistic heritage of the area, which is home to many internationally acclaimed artists and gallery spaces.”
The exhibition at The Mall Galleries will show works from six of the greatest Northern painters and printmakers alongside six of the region’s rising stars. Exhibiting artists include Norman Ackroyd, Mark Demsteader, Emerson Mayes, James Naughton, Anja Percival, and Simon Wright. Showing alongside these highly respected artists are Diana Armstrong, Chloe Holt, Josie Jenkins, Myles Linley, Emma Lloyd, and Genevieve Pennington, reflecting the most exciting new talent from the region.
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