10am to 5pm (closes 1pm on final day)
Admission £3, £2.50 concessions (50% off to National Art Pass holders. Free to Friends of Mall Galleries, NEAC Friends and under 18s)
The Haworth Prize is for artists aged 35 or under, who live and work in Cumbria, Northumberland, Durham, Tyne and Wear, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester or Cheshire, whose paintings, drawings or printmaking depict the landscape or towns of the North of England.
Selected from open submission, the nine shortlisted works will be on display as part of the New English Art Club’s Annual Open Exhibition at Mall Galleries in central London between 16 and 25 June 2016. The winner will be announced at the Private View on 15 June 2016, and awarded a cheque for £4,000.
The shortlist covers both cityscapes and scenes of the countryside; bustling cities, cultural landmarks and remote, forbidding landscapes appear side-by-side. Barry Charlton’s Trow Gill Ravine in the Yorkshire Dales, all romantic moss covered rocks, tangled branches and a sheer drop from the top of the ravine, sits alongside Tessa Lyons' charcoal drawing Black Sail, Lake District, showing the UK’s most remote youth hostel, a tiny stone hut on the hillside, only accessible by foot, some two and a half miles from the nearest road.
Andrew Farmer’s oil painting Stripped Bare looks through the sun dappled bare branches of trees and down on to the roofs of houses across the fields, whereas Crosby Beach, Liverpool by Hoisun Yung is a monochrome, minimal depiction of sea and sand. From seaside to shopfront, Simon Lewis has created a screenprint of Jumbo Records, a well respected independent music shop in Leeds, founded 45 years ago and still a hub for music fans across the region.
Cheshire-based artist Rob Pointon has two oil paintings in the shortlist; one shows Maggie May’s Curiosity Shop in Buxton, an antiques shop in a beautifully preserved Victorian arcade, the other the gleaming glass and steel of the escalators in Manchester Piccadilly railway station. The theme of railways continues through Jonathan Gray’s Trains Passing on Monkwearmouth Railway Bridge and Matthew Thompson’s York Station.
About The Haworth Trust
The Haworth Trust established The Haworth Prize in 2015 to further their charitable activities, which focus on providing support and grants for artists and musicians from the North of England at the start of their careers.