Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Top Young Artists Vie for Coveted Prizes

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Top Young Artists Vie for Coveted Prizes

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of Fine School, TEN young artists, all recent graduates, are in contention for one of the most valuable art prizes in the country.

e prizes on oSSer from Singapore-based art collector and philanthropist Wee W TengT Woon are W worth PS40,000, putting it on a par with the Turner Prize. T Mr Woon, who studied law at W Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University), established the prizes in memory of family members and to benet young artists and the North East.

give back to the region and help to nurture talented new artists," he " is prize is one way that I can give back to the region and help to nurture talented new artists," he said.

-tural and artistic energy and this competition enhances the standing " e North East has a vibrant cultural and artistic energy and this competition enhances the standing of the region in the arts world."

oon singular but he funds rst, second and third prizes plus consolation " Mr Woon refers to the prize in the W singular but he funds rst, second and third prizes plus consolation prizes worth PS5,000.

e biggest prize, the Woon W Tai Jee Jee ai Memorial Prize, is named after Mr oon's win-T Memorial Prize, is named after Mr Woon's late father and earns the winlate father and earns the winWner a PS20,000 bursary, use of a studio space at Baltic 39 and mentoring from Christine Borland, Northumbria University's Baltic Professor. e inaugural winner of the prize, 24-year-old Holly Hendry, who graduated from London's Slade School of Fine Art, is coming to the end of her year-long spell in Newcastle but will present a solo exhibition in September at Northumbria University's Gallery North where work by the current shortlisted artists is on view.

OSSering advice to whoever follows in her footsteps, she said: "Work W ambitiously, make the most of having the amazing studio space, the time to create and the people around you."

e second prize, worth PS9,000, is named after Mr Woon's late mother, W Lim Ai Fang, and the third, worth PS6,000, after his father's late second wife, Cheong Kam Hee. …

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