Applications open for inaugural Castlegate Art Prize
Cumbrian gallery launches new £10,000 national art prize – with a mental health mission
A new UK-wide art competition - the Castlegate Art Prize, worth £10,000 has just opened for entries!
For the inaugural prize, funded by the Cockermouth-based gallery, artists must take the word ‘hope’ as the inspiration for their painting or drawing. All the £20 entry fees will be donated to YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity fighting for young people’s mental health.
‘The Castlegate Prize’ opens for entries on November 23, and its organisers, Cumbrian gallery owners Steve and Christine Swallow, believe an art prize of this size with a charitable mission is unique in the UK.
Judges for the prize with Steve and Christine will be the Lake District-based former John Moores Painting Prize winner Martin Greenland, British contemporary painter and printmaker Eileen Cooper RA, OBE, and writer, broadcaster and journalist Stuart Maconie.
Castlegate House Gallery specialises in the best 20th century and contemporary British artists such as David Hockney, Sheila Fell, Frank Auerbach, Grayson Perry, Leon Kossoff, Winifred Nicholson, and Norman Cornish. It also champions young talented artists such as Alex Hain, William Reinsch and Louis Appleby.
Entries for the first Castlegate Prize open on 23 November 2019 and close on 14 February 2020. The winner will be revealed at the gallery on 2 May with the best 30 works exhibited for the following three weeks. Entrants must be 16 or over.
For more information and to apply, visit www.thecastlegateprize.co.uk