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Open Contemporary Young Artist Award 2018

The Biscuit Factory Foundation is delighted to present a national open call for young artists working across various mediums.


The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award is an opportunity for artists 35 years old or younger working in the UK today to submit work to be included in an exhibition at The Biscuit Factory Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Open to established and emerging artists, the award will profile the successful entrants and raise awareness of mixed contemporary art practices. The Biscuit Factory welcomes submissions including painting, photography, original handmade prints, sculpture, glass, ceramics, textiles and jewellery. 

Launching on Friday 18 May 2018, the exhibition will run until Sunday 19 August 2018. The Biscuit Factory is proud to be a participating venue for the Great Exhibition of the North during summer 2018 and as a result we anticipate that the gallery's exposure and footfall will be heightened during this period. 

All work included in the exhibition will be for sale, with 10% of sales going back to The Biscuit Factory Foundation to facilitate future opportunities for artists.

Judging will take place during the exhibition, featuring a panel of experts.


The winner will receive £1,000 and the opportunity for a solo show of work at The Biscuit Factory, along with a comprehensive press package. There will also be a People's Choice Winner - voted for by the public, they will receive a £250 prize. All finalists will receive online and print coverage.


Please fill in a submissions form via Curatorspace.

Please submit only one art work per application. The Biscuit Factory are willing to accept up to three applications. Any more than three applications will not be eligible for inclusion in the exhibition. Please read the 'Opportunity FAQ' on our Curatorspace listing for full Terms and Conditions. 


The Biscuit Factory is the UK's largest art, craft & design gallery, set in the heart of Newcastle's Cultural Quarter. House in a former Victorian warehouse, our beautiful gallery spaces, set over two floors, display a range of exciting contemporary fine art, sculpture, original prints, and jewellery. 

The Biscuit Factory Foundation is a charity that aims to nurture and develop the practice and appreciation of the visual arts in the North East of England through an engaging and varied programme of creative opportunities.

2017 Finalists

Last year's winner was Megan Rea her abstract painting 'She saw it on the way to the homeware department'. Our People's Choice Winner was Gordy Wright with his original print 'Blackbird'. 

View last year's finalists here.