IN RESPONSE to a late surge in artist entries, an prize exhibition has announced a two week extension. The New Light Prize Exhibition's deadline is now 6pm on Sunday, June 14.

This is a opportunity for northern artists, either born, based or who have studied in the North of England, to be part of a high-profile touring prize exhibition that boasts some of the region’s largest art awards, including the £10,000 Valeria Sykes Award.

Shortlisted artists will feature in the New Light Prize Exhibition, which will tour three of the North’s most prestigious venues from the autumn: the Scarborough Art Gallery; Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle and The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle. Selected artists will also be given the opportunity to exhibit in the cultural heart of London, with an exhibition at the Bankside Gallery.

North Yorkshire artist Debbie Loane said: “The touring element of the exhibition enabled me to show my work in some really fantastic venues, which just wouldn’t have been achievable on a solo basis.”

Cumbrian artist Mark Gibbs said: “The experience was highly beneficial and one of the highlights of my career. Inclusion gave my work a new level of exposure to new audiences and has resulted in a new gallery relationship.”

Northumbrian artist Gavin Watson, recipient of the New Light Prize Exhibition ‘Visitors' Choice Award’, said:”It means such a lot to receive the Visitors' Choice Award. I’m one of those painters who can only work in relative solitude so when complete strangers make connections and decide to vote for one of my paintings it blows me away, it’s totally unexpected but what a wonderful thing.”

This is a great chance for artists to attract the interest of the art world. This fifth biennial New Light Prize Exhibition has attracted an impressive line-up of judges, including contemporary printmaker and Royal Academician Anne Desmet; renowned art critic, writer and editor of the RA Magazine, Sam Phillips; Curator of Art at Huddersfield Art Gallery, Grant Scanlan and founder of the New Light Prize Exhibition, Annette Petchey.

This year’s awards include a £10,000 Valeria Sykes Prize, the Saul Hay Emerging Artist Award, a Patron’s Choice Award of £2,500 and The Zillah Bell Printmakers’ Prize amongst others.

The entry process is all online and full details are at www.newlight-art.org.uk. The new deadline for entries is 6pm on 14 June (all artists must be registered by 12pm). Artists must be over 18 years of age.