Shining a Light at Swinton Park

It’s out with the old and in with the new this Summer as Swinton Park, one of Yorkshire’s historic houses, replaces its historic paintings and family portraits with work from some of today’s most respected and collected Northern artists. From 21 June to 16 August (closed 23 July), the 17th century stately home and castle will become a contemporary art gallery as Lord and Lady Masham host the New Light Summer Exhibition. Now in its third year, the event has become a highlight of the Summer calendar as, for two months, Ripon-based charity, New Light, celebrate the range and quality of art being produced by leading Northern painters and printmakers.
The exhibition will feature artworks from acclaimed Cumbria-based artist Alan Stones, winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2015 Cumbrian Artist of the Year; leading contemporary landscape painter James Naughton; Swaledale-born Ed Kluz who explores contemporary perceptions of the past through the re-imagining of historic landscapes, buildings and objects; award-winning Yorkshire landscape and wildlife artist Emerson Mayes; Shipley-based printmaker Sarah Harris, winner of the Curzon Ripon Prize at the 2013 New Light Prize Exhibition; and Genevieve Pennington from Lancashire whose original playing dice portraits led to her being shortlisted for the New Light Valeria Sykes Award in 2013.
Annette Petchey, CEO of New Light, said: “We are delighted that Swinton Park has given us the opportunity to replace their Old Masters with the work of so many great artists working in the North today. All the work will be for sale with a percentage of the proceeds going towards our Art for All projects. This year, that includes placing an artist in a primary school in County Durham to produce a work of art with all the pupils and staff. The project will also include visits to the Bowes Museum so that the children can see the North’s amazing visual heritage at first hand and visit the New Light Prize Exhibition.”
For those who would prefer to browse the artworks with a glass of wine in hand, New Light and Swinton Park will be holding a Private View of the exhibition on the evening of Thursday 18 June. Music will be provided during the event by renowned opera singer Ione Cumming, who has sung in masterclasses with some of the world’s greatest artists including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Josephine Barstow, June Anderson and Susan Bullock. Tickets for the evening are available for a suggested donation of £10 each, with all proceeds going towards New Light’s work. To find out more about the work of New Light or the artists featured at the Swinton Park exhibition, please contact: liz.simmonds@newlight-art.org.uk
New Light celebrates and promotes contemporary art in the North of England. The charity offers many exciting opportunities to Northern artists, with the main event being a biennial, high profile prize exhibition held in the region’s most stunning spaces: this year, the chosen venue is the Bowes Museum in County Durham. Shortlisted artists have the opportunity to be awarded one of the following prizes: The Valeria Sykes Prize, which includes a cash award of £10,000; The Patron’s Choice Award, a separate award of £2,500 for the work chosen by our main patron; The Swinton Foundation Prize, sponsored by Swinton Park Hotel and awarded to the most promising emerging artist; and a Printmaking Prize.
The Call for Entries for the 2015 New Light Prize Exhibition is open until 31 July 2015. Find out more at www.newlight-art.org.uk