Young sculptor competition

Crystlsd client, Cheeseburn (a destination for visual arts and sculpture in the North East) have opened their call for applications to the Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor of the Year Award.

This award takes applications from artists, sculptors and designers aged 18 - 25 years old - ten of whom are shortlisted to received £300 to develop a proposal, with one final winner who receives £6,500 to create their sculptor or installation to be exhibited at Cheeseburn.

The entry criteria means applicants must be;

  • studying in the North East
  • a practising artist in the North East
  • living in the North East
  • between 18 - 25 years old

In the first year of the award in 2016, Crystlsd delivered the promotion and marketing over 4 months and attracted huge public interest with over 1,000 visitors to the exhibition and an online reach of 250,000+.

The winning proposal that year was made by Daniel Gough (a recent graduate from Sunderland University), with his ceramic installation of 2,000 red and grey squirrels entitled ‘Scurry’, for which Crystlsd achieved attracted national publicity when it was unveiled at Cheeseburn in spring 2017.

Coverage on BBC Look North for Scurry, Daniel Gough at Cheeseburn Sculpture Gardens and Gallery. Spring 2017.

The 2017 winner of the competition was Newcastle University MA student Peter Hamner, and Cheeseburn is currently supporting Peter as he produces his winning installation entitled ‘The Cave’ which will be previewed at Cheeseburn in spring 2018.

Find out more and apply by visiting the Cheeseburn website.