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Greater Manchester Arts Prize For Contemporary Visual Art

In 2016 Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce was delighted to launch a new annual arts prize.

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is due to launch its 5th annual arts competition the, ‘Greater Manchester Arts Prize 2020’. The competition showcases the work of emerging and established contemporary visual artists. Prizes will be awarded to entries that demonstrate the most artistic ability, strong messaging and creative execution.

The competition will officially open online in February 2020 and close on Monday 4th May 2020. Sitting on this year’s judging panel will be Ghislaine Howard (widely recognised as one of England’s finest living artists), Nigel Durkan and Julian Bovis (curators of the ‘Weavers Factory’, contemporary art gallery in Uppermill) and Louise Durose (General & Legal Counsel at MAN Energy Solutions, Collector of Northern Art).

Shortlisted works will be displayed in the annual exhibition at Wigan Old Courts, open to the general public from Thursday 4th June through to Friday 3rd July. Prize winners will be presented with their awards at the Chamber’s Annual Business Dinner on 11th June at Victoria Warehouse, attended by 800 business representatives.

Prizes

1 Overall Winner to be awarded: £1500 Cash Prize

Supported by Fred Aldous with £150 of vouchers and paper products from G.F.Smith.

A Greater Manchester Contemporary Artist Prize 2020 Award Winner’s artwork displayed in our Exhibition at the Wigan Old Courts

3 Runners Up to be awarded: £750 Cash Prize

Supported by Fred Aldous with £50 of vouchers and paper products from G.F.Smith.

A Greater Manchester Contemporary Artist Prize 2019 Award Winner’s artwork displayed in our Exhibition at the Wigan Old Courts

Judging Panel

Ghislaine Howard

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Ghislaine Howard is a painter whose works chart and interpret shared human experience.

Julian Bovis

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Julian is curator of the Weavers Factory gallery. He is an urban landscape artist and ex-Art Director of the Daily Telegraph.

Nigel Durkan

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Nigel is manager of the Weavers Factory gallery. He has worked as an art psychotherapist, TV production manager and celebrity booker for EMI and Virgin.

Louise Durose

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General & Legal Counsel at MAN Energy Solutions, Collector of Northern Art

The Event

The overall winner and 3 finalists will be presented with their awards at the Chamber’s annual dinner. By presenting this prize at our Annual Dinner, which has been running for over 50 years and attended by over 800 representatives from the business community, we want to provide maximum exposure for the winning Artists.

Our Host for the evening will be Andrew Ryan.  Andrew is one of the most in-demand acts on the UK comedy circuit.  The event will take place at Victoria Warehouse on Thursday 13th June 2019 and has been billed as a “wholehearted celebration of the quality and diversity of Greater Manchester business.”

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