Eight talented artists who were included in the recent New Light Prize Exhibition are showing their work around the capital during the Summer of 2016.

Newcastle-born artist Joshua Waterhouse, whose work ‘Josephine’ won the Patron’s Choice Award at the New Light Prize Exhibition has had his oil painting ‘The Weaver’ short-listed for the BP Portrait Awards 2016. Selected from over 2,500 entries submitted from 80 countries, Joshua’s piece features a woman called Belinda Rose who is a weaver from Aberdeenshire. The painting is showing at the National Portrait Gallery from the 23 June – 4 September 2016.

Three short-listed artists from the New Light Prize Exhibition are also exhibiting at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. Sheffield artist Mandy Payne, who won the £10,000 Valeria Sykes Award at the New Light Prize Exhibition, Yorkshire-born artist Tony Noble and printmaker Emma Lawrenson, who won the New Light Zillah Bell Printmakers’ Prize, all have works showing at the renowned annual Summer Exhibition.

Emma Lawrenson says of the opportunity: “I was absolutely delighted to be selected again for this year’s Summer Exhibition. Even though I have been accepted in previous years, it is always very nerve racking to find out if you have been chosen. It's a real privilege, and a fantastic show.”

New Light short-listed artists Michael Ashcroft and Chris Rigby both have works featuring in the New English Arts Club at the Mall Galleries from 16 – 25 June 2016 and Bolton-born artist Patsy Whiting’s work will be featured at the Society of Women Artists Summer Exhibition at the Mall Galleries from 28 July to 7 August 2016.

Director of New Light Emerson Mayes added his congratulations: “It’s always fantastic when artists New Light support achieve success in other exhibitions. Here at New Light we have the pleasure of working with some of the most talented painters and printmakers working today, and their success in other exhibitions just underlines that fact. Well done to each and every one of them!’

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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.