Monday, July 26, 2010

Jennifer Douglas & Paul Merrick: "Northern Futures" The Civic, Barnsley, UK

Workplace Gallery is pleased to announce that Jennifer Douglas and Paul Merrick have been shortlisted for the Northern Futures Award.

Selected Artists:
Kit Abramson (Lancaster)
Samantha Donnelly (Greater Manchester)
Jennifer Douglas (Gateshead)
Paul Merrick (Gateshead)
Daniel Staincliffe (Manchester)
Liz West (Sheffield)

The most talented emerging creatives from across the North of England have been named in the shortlist for the Northern Futures 2010 Award, selected by a panel of international experts from the fields of fashion, film, fine art and 3d design. An exhibition of the work of these future stars opens at The Civic, Barnsley on July 28, with final prize winners announced on August 17 at an exclusive awards evening where category winners will each be awarded £1500.

Celebrating the best in northern creative talent. The north of England has produced some of the most innovative and respected creative individuals the world has seen. Artists and innovators such as Henry Moore, Vivienne Westwood, Damien Hirst, Mike Leigh, Danny Boyle, David Hockney and Peter Saville, to name just a few, illustrate the wealth of talent that the north produces. Art and culture is integral to the renaissance of the north.

Northern Futures celebrates the future talent emerging from the north, seeking to identify and encourage future Westwoods, Hockneys, Boyles and Savilles into successful creative futures. The prize will cement the north as a hotbed of new creativity and showcase our talent to the world.

Northern Futures Exhibition opens at The Civic on 28th July 2010. The public can take part in voting for an overall 'Peoples Choice' winner.
Award Ceremony: Overall Winners announced:  August 17th 2010 (7-9pm)
The overall category winners will be selected from the Northern Futures exhibition by the judges and announced at the Northern Futures Award Ceremony on the 17th August 2010. Access to judges and finalists will be available for photography and interview on the 17th August.

Fine Art Judges

Helen Pheby, Curator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
Karen Newman, Curator at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool
Claire Turner, Comme Ca Art, Manchester
Gavin Delahunty, Curator - Fine Art at MIMA Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Sheila McGregor, Chief Executive, Axis (Leeds)
Ann Bukantas, Curator, Walker Art Gallery (National Museums Liverpool)
Julia Bell, Visual Arts Co-ordinator, Baltic (Gateshead)


Jennifer Douglas
The Voice of Silence, 2010
Light bulbs, Rubber flex, Paint Pots, Morse Code Sequencer, Steel, Paint
Dimensions Variable
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

Paul Merrick
Untitled (Construction) Green, 2009
Aluminium, stainless steel, metal primer, spray paint, florescent strip lighting
190 x 160 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery