New Light prize-winner Anna Poulton whose piece ‘Figs’ won the Swinton Foundation Prize at the 2015 New Light Prize Exhibition, is showcasing an exhibition at Swinton Park in North Yorkshire. The exhibition is on show from 9 April to 3 June and will feature Anna’s mixed media drawings which lean towards abstraction whilst investigating the shapes and structures found in nature.

Born in Yorkshire, Anna gained a Fine Arts degree at Bretton Hall College before completing a four-year apprenticeship in antique restoration. In 2001 she set up a successful business making bespoke furniture and restoring antiques. Anna currently runs art workshops for children and adults.

The Swinton Foundation Prize is sponsored by Swinton Park and is awarded to an artist at the outset of their artistic career. New Light recognises that one of the most challenging times for an artist is when they are trying to establish themselves professionally. The winner of the prize is offered practical help in the form of mentoring from an established artist, professional advice and the chance to exhibit work.

As part of Anna’s prize she has been paired with art consultant and curator Lynne Green, who will share with her a wealth of experience of the art world. Anna says of the opportunity: “I chose Lynne Green as my mentor because I greatly admire her beautiful art books which explore creative imagination as expressed through the visual arts. I’m excited to start working with Lynne and hope we can develop my career and professional identity as an artist.”

Anna’s work is on show at Swinton Park (near Masham) until 3 June 2016.

Featured image ‘Pears’ by Anna Poulton.

Notes to editors

About New Light
New Light is a privately funded arts charity that celebrates and promotes Northern contemporary art primarily through its biennial touring Prize Exhibition which is open to all artists who were born, studied at degree level or live in the North of England. The next Prize Exhibition will launch at The Bowes Museum in Co. Durham in 2017.

The Collection is New Light’s newest initiative. It is a permanent collection offered free of charge to schools, hospitals, hospices, residential homes, prisons and other public institutions in the region. New Light will arrange delivery to the site and can also help with hanging the works (this will incur a small charge to cover costs). It is also offered at cost to private organisations wishing to support the arts in the North.

About The Swinton Foundation
The Swinton Foundation is a charitable trust that supports artists, entrepreneurs and communities in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding area, helping regenerate the rural landscape and, with the Swinton Estate, providing a base as a catalyst for further enterprise and development. Current initiatives include supporting New Light with the Swinton Foundation Prize, which each year offers the winner their own exhibition at Swinton Park in the new bar exhibition gallery space. For further information please visit

For more information please contact Laura Thackray on 07739 839906.

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New Light celebrates and promotes the quality of contemporary art being produced in the North of England and supports artists working in the region primarily through a major biennial touring exhibition. This is open to all Northern artists with prizes totaling over £15,000 including 'The Valeria Sykes Award' of £10,000.

To raise the profile of Northern artists, we run a number of exhibitions and events nationwide, including an annual show in London where we showcase the work of both established artists and those at the start of their artistic career. Alongside this, we offer guidance, mentoring and professional advice.

We also run an Art for All programme which is designed to make art accessible to everyone. This includes workshops with practising artists, talks with art experts, guided viewings and school projects.

Our newest initiative is the New Light Collection, a permanent collection of art illustrating the talent and expertise of some of the best artists from the North. Offered to schools, hospitals and other community-based groups free of charge; it is also made available to corporate sponsors who would like to support arts in the North of England.