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  • Writer's pictureBeth Wardell

The Emerging Artist Award is now OPEN for its third year.

The award is open to artists in or from the north east region, with the final two works being developed to be showcased at Seaton Delaval Hall in Spring 2025.



One of last years winners, Jacob Goff. Photo by Colin Davison Photography.


Art lovers in the North East can once again look forward to discovering the future stars of the creative world and begin planning their exhibition visits, as the third year of the North East Emerging Artist Award is announced.


Applications are now open for the 2023-24 North East Emerging Artist Award, a collaboration between the National Trust at Seaton Delaval Hall and independent 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 or equivalent. The award is open to artists from all artforms and applications are encouraged from music/sound, theatre, film, literature, fashion and design as well as fine art.


Following the application stage and shortlisting, eight artists will be supported with a £350 bursary to develop their proposals which will be presented at Seaton Delaval Hall from May 2024.

Three of those shortlisted proposals will then be realised and exhibited in the spring of 2025 with a budget each of £4,000.


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


Award Curator, Matthew Jarratt, said:


‘Having seen the success of the first year’s winners’ exhibition and now working with year two winners I’m so pleased to be announcing this third year of the North East Emerging Artist’s Award. Our first year’s winners set a very high standard and we’re looking forward to seeing the bold and exciting proposals coming through.’

Throughout its history Seaton Delaval Hall and its inhabitants have been synonymous with artistic support, from commissioning watercolourist Arthur Pond to produce views of the hall, the backing of erotic novelist, John Clelland, and the patronage of William Bell who produced family portraits and tutored Rhoda Delaval through to the 21st Lord Hastings’ support of The Royal Ballet.


Seaton Delaval Hall’s General Manager Emma Thomas said


‘’Over 15,000 people saw the first year’s winners’ exhibition at Seaton Delaval Hall this spring and it was incredibly well received. Now is the time for people to apply for this exciting opportunity.’


Anyone interested in participating in the award can visit The North East Emerging Artist Award | National Trust to download the application form.


Applications close Friday 8th December.


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