Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Baltic Is 'Best in Britain' Top Sculptor Hands over 'Well-Deserved' National Award

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Baltic Is 'Best in Britain' Top Sculptor Hands over 'Well-Deserved' National Award

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SCULPTOR Antony Gormley met some young art fans as he presented Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art with a trophy for being Britain's most popular lottery-funded art project.

The youngsters from West Jesmond Primary School were waiting with little models of the Angel of the North.

"That was made by Antony Gormley," young Morgan Daniels told the artist.

"Well, I am Antony Gormley," came the reply. He told the youngsters: "This place is fantastic. There's nowhere else like it in the whole of England and you are part of it. Isn't that great?" Handing a trophy to Emma Thomas, Baltic's head of learning and engagement, he said: "This is the National Lottery Award for the best arts project in Britain."

Each year the lottery asks the public to vote for their favourites among the many projects it helps to fund around the country.

The winners in seven categories get a trophy and PS2,000 to invest in their project. All will feature in a BBC One programme. …

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