Fine Art graduate shortlisted for Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor Award

03 February 2020

BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate Laurie Powell has been selected as one of eleven young artists for this year’s Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor Award at Cheeseburn Sculpture Gardens. 

The annual award supports young artists studying in, working in or originating from the North East to create a proposal for an exhibition at Cheeseburn Sculpture Gardens in Northumberland. 

Image: Laurie Powell, Arcadia IV, 2019

Shortlisted artists are given £300 to develop their work, which will be displayed at the park, visitors will be able to vote for their favourite proposal. The winner will be awarded £6,500 to develop their proposal into an exhibition to be displayed at Cheeseburn in 2021. Visitors will be able to view the shortlisted artist’s proposals from the 23rd to the 25th and the 30th to the 31st of May 2020. 

Image: Laurie Powell, Diaspora, Curators Choice, Leeds Arts University 2020.  

The winning artist will also receive advice and support from Matthew Jarratt, Curator and Artist Mentor at Cheeseburn.

Curator Matthew Jarratt said:

“We will now provide support and mentoring for our shortlisted artists over the next three months, helping them to develop their ideas for installations at Cheeseburn. It is the first time these artists have had a budget to work with and an outdoor site to consider and we’re happy to be able to support young artists to develop their creative skills to meet the challenges of making sculpture in the environment."

Image: 2020 Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor Award, shortlisted artists

Laurie Powell graduated from (BA) Hons Fine Art in 2019, his practice explores the link between nature and culture. He collects materials from the landscape of his Northumberland home to create objects and a narrative that is unique to the region.

Laurie is currently exhibiting as a part of Curators Choice at Leeds Arts University (viewing by appointment).