Search for North's Young ‘Artist to Watch’ continues with #TheNorthernArtPrize

22 December 2018 Middlesbrough, UK

The Northern School of Art Instagram competition is now open to ages 11 to 18, with a cash prize of £150 on offer to one lucky winner.

Fiona Cameron, a former Foundation diploma student at The Northern School of Art
Fiona Cameron, a former Foundation diploma student at The Northern School of Art

The Northern School of Art has begun its search for the North's young and exciting "artists to watch" after launching its #TheNorthernArtPrize earlier this month.

The competition, run in conjunction with the specialist art and design schools Foundation Diploma, is open to budding artists, creators, designers and makers; based in the north and aged between the ages of 11 and 18.

Entries of original work are invited to be made via Instagram using the #TheNorthernArtPrize with a closing date of the 13 January 2019.

Shortlisted entries will then be offered the chance to exhibit their work at the School’s prestigious summer show, with the overall winner receiving a cash prize of £150.  

Preview of some of the entries

With the competition having been open a week, a number of impressive entries have already been made under the #TheNorthernArtPrize

This includes this mesmerising effort from 17-year old Instagrammer @caitlin.yaw from Greater Manchester.

Manchester students entry for #TheNorthernArtPrize inspired by conceptual artist Christopher McKenney
one of @caitlin.yaw's photographic entry for #TheNorthernArtPrize

Asked about her entry to the competition, the aspiring photographer who is currently taking A/S level's revealed the image was inspired by Pennsylvanian conceptual artist Christopher McKenney, adding;

“they were originally pieces for a mock exam… my teacher told us about the competition and encouraged me to enter.”

Another who has submitted their entry for #TheNorthernArtPrize is future Northern School of Art student @JJ_Stylin

Jess, who is 15 and from Stockton-on-Tees has used her love of digital art and computer games to recreate this image of the character 'Morpho Knight'. 

A digital piece of artwork by jj_stylin of Morpho Knight for #TheNorthernArtPrize
Jess' (JJ_stylin) entry - her recreation of Morpho Knight for the 'Kirby Star Allies' game 

Created using the programme Paint Tool SAI, Jess commented that digital artwork is currently her preferred medium due to being able to create "certain effects" that wouldn't be possible in a traditional form "due to lack of certain supplies."

With art being a long lived passion, Jess obtained the nickname "Doodle" because of the "amount of drawing" she did at a young age and is looking forward to forging a future career in the industry through the help of The Northern School of Art. 

"I previously had experience with The Northern School of Art through the national Saturday club, which I thoroughly enjoyed" explained Jess, who also displays her artwork under a secondary Instagram account _dragonitepaw_

This experience prompted her to apply to the Northern School of Art to further her education and after an initial interview she was quickly given a conditional offer. 

"I can't wait to start at The Northern School of Art in September" added a thrilled Jess. 

About The Northern Art School

The only specialist art and design school in the North-East, The Northern Art School currently teaches over 1,000 students at its campus sites in Middlesbrough and Hartlepool.

With over 140 years of experience, the school offers both further and higher education courses, taught be industry professionals, using modern facilities the latest industry level equipment. 

Testament to the schools status as one of the leader specialist Art & Design schools in the country, it has been awarded the Gold Standard by the TeachingExcellent Framework (TEF) in recognition of "delivering consistently outstanding teacher, learning and outcomes for its students. It's of the highest quality found in the UK."

Past alumni include Director of the Alien and Blade Runner films Sir Ridley Scott; and internationally renowned Middlesbrough artist Mackenzie Thorpe.

Open Day’s at the schools college level facility at Green Lane, Middlesbrough (TS5 7RJ)  are being held on;

Saturday 19th January 2019
Monday 18th February 2019
Tuesday 2 April 2019
Saturday 16 June 2019

To book your place at an Open Day or for further information about the creative courses run by The Northern Art School go to

The Northern School of Art

The Southernist would like to wish the best of luck to all who enter #TheNorthernArtPrize

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