New £120,000 artist award announced


BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead has announced a major new international artist award worth £120,000. The BALTIC Artists’ Award is the first worldwide biennial art award to be judged solely by artists. It has been established to recognise four artists deserving of an international platform and will offer a step change moment in their career.

The four established artist judges will each select an emerging artist whose work they strongly believe in.

The 4 selected artists will each be awarded a 12-week exhibition at BALTIC, opening on 30 June 2017, £25,000 to create new work and a £5,000 fee.

The artists who will choose the first winners are:

Installation artist Mike Nelson, who has been nominated for the Turner Prize twice and represented Britain at the 2011 Venice Biennale

Lorna Simpson, from New York, the first African-American woman to show in the Venice Biennale

Berlin-based Italian artist Monica Bonvicini, who is the subject of a major exhibition at the Baltic from next week

Portugal's Pedro Cabrita Reis, who has exhibited around the world including at the Baltic in 2003.

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