Shortlist for 2019 Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor Revealed

2019 is already looking to be an exciting year for Cheeseburn thanks, in part, to the annual Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor (GDNEYS) award. Spurred on by Dan Gough’s squirrels, Peter Hanmer’s interpretation of ‘The Allegory of the Cave’ in Plato’s Lair, and last year’s winning proposal from Clare Townley, applications for this year’s competition were higher than ever. 

Now, the 2019 shortlist of young sculptors, who have each been awarded £300 to develop their ideas for an installation or sculpture, has been revealed. The ten young artists, from a range of academic institutions across the region, are: 

Jamie Hammill, who graduated from Newcastle University’s Fine Art course and is based at NewBridge Studios; Susannah Curran, a fellow Newcastle University Fine Art graduate based at Cobalt Studios; Northumbria University graduate, Bethan Williams; Sunderland University graduate, Amelia Gray; Sunderland Master of Glass and Ceramics graduate, Kelsey Lynn Mayo; Northumbria University graduate, Amy Matthews; Sunderland University graduate, Rayanne NobleMatthew Dowell, who is from Sunderland, but who studied at both Kingston University and the Royal College of Art; Newcastle University Master of Fine Art graduate, Ella Jones, and Teesside University graduate, Cameron Lings.

Matthew Jarratt, curator and mentor at Cheeseburn said, “We are delighted to have received a record number of applications to this year’s Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor competition,” continuing, “We present a diverse selection of proposals from ten young artists, who come from a range of backgrounds, courses and institutions across the North East. What is particularly of note is that, this year, 70% of our shortlisted proposals are from female artists.”

With funding from the Gillian Dickinson Trust confirmed until 2021, the GDNEYS award provides opportunities to artists aged between 18 and 25 years old, who work or study in the region. The shortlisted artists for 2019 will present their proposals at Cheeseburn this spring, and the winner will receive £6,500 to develop their proposal into an installation or sculpture to be sited within the grounds of Cheeseburn.

Previous GDNEYS winners include Dan Gough, whose installation, entitled ‘Scurry’ received widespread press across the country; Peter Hanmer, whose ‘Plato’s Lair’ opened at Cheeseburn in Spring 2018 and has now been included in a group show at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and 2018 winner, Clare Townley, whose sprawling, sinewy plastic installation, entitled ‘Nostalgia de la boue: Plastic Friend’ is set to transform the Cheeseburn landscape this summer.

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