Saul Hay Gallery to Sponsor The New Light Prize Exhibition Emerging Artist Award

Saul Hay Sponsor Emerging Artist Award

This is great news for Saul Hay who have really made an impact on the contemporary art scene in Manchester since opening last October. Ian and Catherine are passionate about contemporary art and supporting emerging art and artists in Manchester and deserve this to be a great success B


One of Manchester’s youngest contemporary art galleries is lending a helping hand to artists at the start of their career by sponsoring the Emerging Artist Award at this year’s New Light Prize Exhibition, one of the most talked-about event of its kind in the North.

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Mandy Payne – Broken Brutalism – Winner of the £15,000 Valeria Sykes Award. Mandy will mentor this years winner

Based in historic Castlefield in the heart of the city, Saul Hay Gallery joined Manchester’s vibrant art scene in October 2016 and exhibits both established and emerging artists from Greater Manchester and beyond. The gallery was keen to become involved with the New Light Prize Exhibition as it also identifies and celebrates the best art being produced by artists from and in the North of England.

Catherine Hay, Director of Saul Hay Gallery, said:
”We’re very excited to be sponsoring the Emerging Artist Award for the New Light Prize Exhibition. Like us, New Light is passionate about encouraging and promoting artists in the North of England – and as a fairly young gallery ourselves, it felt right to support the prize for those artists just starting out on a professional artistic career.”

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Anna Poulton – Winner of New Light Prize – Emerging Artist Award 2015

Entries in by 5pm 31st July 2017

The New Light Prize Exhibition is a biennial open exhibition and tours three of the North’s most prestigious galleries: the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle; Huddersfield Art Gallery; and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle. All short-listed artists will also be given the opportunity to exhibit in the cultural heart of London, with a week-long exhibition at the Bankside Gallery. As well as the Saul Hay Emerging Artist Award, this year’s awards include the £10,000 Valeria Sykes Award, a £2,500 Patron’s Choice Award and the Zillah Bell Printmakers’ Prize.

Artist Mandy Payne the 2015 winner of the Valeria Sykes Award comments:
The ethos of the New Light Prize Exhibition to raise the profile of Northern artists is a much needed and brilliant idea. On a personal level, I have found the support I have received from the New Light organisation invaluable”.

Mandy, who now regularly exhibits at the Saul Hay Gallery has kindly agreed to mentor the winner of the Emerging Artist Award.

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Ian Hay – Director Saul Hay Gallery

The fourth New Light Prize Exhibition provides an exciting opportunity for artists to attract the interest of the art world. The impressive line-up of judges includes contemporary artist Charming Baker; renowned art historian and writer, Frances Spalding CBE; CEO of the Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary, Thom Hetherington; Chief executive of York Museums Trust, Reyahn King; Director of Northern Print, Anna Wilkinson and Emerson Mayes, CEO of New Light.

Emerson said:
One of the most important things any artist needs at the start of their career is the support of a well respected and engaged gallery. It only took a few conversations with practicing artists to realise the Saul Hay Gallery, an important and well-loved addition to Manchester’s art scene, was the ideal sponsor for our Emerging Artist Award, particularly as they share our deep belief that the visual arts matter and the North of England deserves to be celebrated.”


Contemporary artists born or based or who have studied in the North of England should apply for the 2017 New Light Prize Exhibition online at before the deadline of 5pm on 31 July 2017. Artists are invited to submit wall-hung work in a wide range of media including prints, drawing and painting.