Arts / Sculpture
In 2015 Cheeseburn Sculpture announced a three-year partnership with The Gillian Dickinson Trust that aimed to support young artists and give a platform for developing sculptural talent in the North East with The Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor of the Year award.
This visual arts award aims to encourage new talent and to support the early careers of young North East artists. The project provides mentoring, a professional showcase for the artists at the Stables Gallery and a commission for the selected artist.
Since 2015 Cheeseburn has delivered 3 years of the award and the financial backing from The Gillian Dickinson Trust has established a unique opportunity for the winning artist to develop their practice, gain valuable experience and commence their professional career.
Each autumn Cheeseburn advertises for applications, shortlists over Christmas, and then 10 young artists make site visits and are mentored to develop proposals which are exhibited at the special exhibition at Cheeseburn in May.
Over three years Cheeseburn has established a reputation for supporting new young artists and developing ambitious projects which are often the artist’s first large scale public opportunity.
The application process has connected Cheeseburn to young artists who whilst not eligible for the award, have exhibited their work at Cheeseburn.
Universities have recognised that the Gillian Dickinson support for Cheeseburn has created some unique opportunities. Each year the project has attracted additional support from Sunderland University which has enabled a young photography graduate to work with Cheeseburn and our shortlisted young artists to record their studio work and proposals through photography, video and online.
“We provide support and mentoring for the young artists over four months and help them to develop ideas for installations at Cheeseburn. It is the first time these artists have had a professional budget to work with and an outdoor site to consider. It is very rewarding to be able to support young artists to develop their creative design and planning skills to meet the challenges of making sculpture in the environment.” – Matthew Jarratt, Curator and Artist Mentor
“We are delighted to be able to continue to showcase the work of emerging young artists within the grounds at Cheeseburn. Thanks to the generous support of the Gillian Dickinson Trust we are able to offer this special opportunity to young artists in the North East each year, it is a chance to celebrate the talent that is being nurtured in our northern universities.” – Joanna Riddell, Director, Cheeseburn Sculture