The Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Art Prize 2017, which offers a total award fund of £40,000 to selected UK undergraduate fine art students in their final year of study, is open for applications until 3 April 2017.

First prize is a year-long £20,000 fellowship based in the Woon Tai Jee studio located at Baltic 39, the Newcastle-based contemporary art hub which is home to artists’ studios, a gallery programme curated by Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, and Northumbria University’s MFA programme. The prize includes mentoring from staff at both Baltic and Northumbria University, and a solo exhibition with catalogue at the end of the fellowship.

There are two runner-up prizes of £9,000 and £6,000, with all prize winners selected from an exhibition in the Baltic 39 gallery of the 10 shortlisted artists. A further £5,000 funds artist fees, travel and accommodation to attend the prize-giving ceremony.

Submission to the prize is fee-free and the selection jury includes: Laurence Sillars, Baltic chief curator; Hilary Lloyd, Turner Prize nominated artist; Holly Hendry, artist and inaugural recipient of the Woon Foundation Prize; and Christine Borland (chair), Turner Prize-nominated artist and professor at Northumbria University.

Now in its fifth year, previous winners of the Woon Foundation Prize have included Manchester School of Art graduate Rebecca Halliwell-Sutton (2016), Nottingham Trent University graduate Kayt Hughes (2015), and Slade School of Fine Art and RCA graduate Holly Hendry (2013), whose solo exhibition ‘Wrot’ is currently on show at Baltic, Gateshead (until 24 September 2017).

The Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Art Prize 2017: open for applications until 3 April 2017. See Jobs and Opps for more details

Rebecca Halliwell-Sutton, Untitled, concrete and fabric, 4mx6mx0.30m, 2016. Courtesy: the artist

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