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New Light prize-winner's solo exhibition at the Zillah Bell Gallery

11 April 2016 15:15


New Light prize-winner Emma Lawrenson whose piece ‘Stone Pen’ won the Zillah Bell Printmakers Prize at the 2015 New Light Prize Exhibition, is showcasing a solo exhibition at the Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk as part of her prize. ‘Piecing the Landscape’ is on show from the 9 – 30 April and includes a range of exciting and thought-provoking screen-prints.

Since leaving the Royal College of Art, Emma has exhibited extensively across the UK and Europe and her work has appeared in many magazines including Vogue, House and Gardens and 25 Beautiful Homes. With her twenty years of experience Emma has also worked on film and TV sets in America including most recently on the blockbuster series Mad Men.

‘Stone Pen’ was selected by acclaimed printmaker Norman Ackroyd CBE RA and John Bell, owner of the Zillah Bell Gallery, as the winner of the Zillah Bell Printmaker’s Prize in the New Light Exhibition. Emma said of her decision to enter: “I decided to enter the New Light Exhibition due to the fact that it was for Northern artists only. Showing work in the beautiful Bowes Museum, Mercer Gallery and Panter & Hall Gallery also made it very enticing! Usually all other competitions are based in London so it made a nice change.”

As well as Emma’s show ‘Piecing the Landscape’, the Zillah Bell Gallery has also asked Emma to exhibit at The Contemporary Printmakers Exhibition in May 2016. Of the opportunity Emma said: “I feel extremely honoured and privileged to be showing alongside Royal Academicians.”

‘Piecing the Landscape’ is on show at the Zillah Bell Gallery, 15 Kirkgate, Thirsk from 9 – 30 April. For more information please visit:

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About New Light

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.

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