10 young artists have been announced as the finalist for the 2019 Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor (GDNEYS) award - including two Sunderland graduates and a current undergraduate.

Each young sculptors has been awarded £300 to develop their ideas for an installation or sculpture. Our winning three are: 

Amelia Gray, BA (Hons) Fine Art (2018), Kelsey Lynn Mayo, MA Glass and Ceramics (2018) and Rayanne Noble, who is the final year of BA (Hons) Fine Art.

In 2018 Sienna Giffin Shaw, who graduated BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics, 2017, and Jonny Michie who graduated BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics last summer, were finalists to create a work for Cheeseburn Sculpture based in Northumberland.

Graduate Dan Gough (BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics, 2016) won the first Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor Award in 2016, creating his ambitious sculpture ‘Scurry’ comprising 2,000 red and grey squirrels.

Matthew Jarratt, curator and mentor at Cheeseburn said, “We are delighted to have received a record number of applications to this year’s Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor competition. We present a diverse selection of proposals from ten young artists, who come from a range of backgrounds, courses and institutions across the North East. What is particularly of note is that, this year, 70% of our shortlisted proposals are from female artists.”

With funding from the Gillian Dickinson Trust confirmed until 2021, the GDNEYS award provides opportunities to artists aged between 18 and 25 years old, who work or study in the region. The shortlisted artists for 2019 will present their proposals at Cheeseburn this spring, and the winner will receive £6,500 to develop their proposal into an installation or sculpture to be sited within the grounds of Cheeseburn.

The ten finalists are:

Jamie Hammill, who graduated from Newcastle University’s Fine Art course and is based at NewBridge Studios; Susannah Curran, a fellow Newcastle University Fine Art graduate based at Cobalt Studios; Northumbria University graduate, Bethan Williams; Sunderland University graduate, Amelia Gray; Sunderland Master of Glass and Ceramics graduate, Kelsey Lynn Mayo; Northumbria University graduate, Amy Matthews; Sunderland University graduate, Rayanne NobleMatthew Dowell, who is from Sunderland, but who studied at both Kingston University and the Royal College of Art; Newcastle University Master of Fine Art graduate, Ella Jones, and Teesside University graduate, Cameron Lings.