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Applications are now open for the 2018 Cheeseburn North East Sculptor Competition, which offers a £6,500 commission to one young lucky local sculptor

If you’re a budding sculptor between the age of 18 and 25 and dream of having an artistic practice in the North East, this competition is for you. 

For the third year running, Cheeseburn Sculpture and The Gillian Dickinson Trust are offering 10 shortlisted artists £300 to work on a proposal, with the selected winner receiving £6,500 to bring their sculpture to life.

The project has encouraged and supported local talent and helped new artists begin a professional career in the region since 2016. In that year, successful Sunderland University graduate Daniel Gough stole the show with Scurry, a ceramic installation of 2,000 red and grey squirrels.

2017’s winner was Peter Hamner, an MA student at Newcastle University who is currently working on his winning sculpture, The Cave, which you can find displayed at Cheeseburn in Spring 2018. 

The third award is now within your reach if you’re between the ages of 18 and 25 years old, from the North East of England (or returning to the region after studying away), studying in the region and committed to establishing an artistic practice in the North East, or already a practising artist in the North East. 

If you fit the criteria, apply now and you might be making it big next year. Head to for an application form, which must be completed and emailed to with six images of your current work, no later than 5pm on 8 December 2017. 

Newcastle upon Tyne
NE18 0PT 

Published in: November 2017

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