All Points North
The Northern Art Prize is a partner of All Points North, an initiative set up to profile the strength of contemporary art events and festivals happening in the North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humber regions this Autumn, alongside promoting the major contemporary art venues that surround them.
APN is centred around six satellite festivals, exhibitions and prizes, highlighting the different stages in an artist’s working life and the internationalism and experimentalism shown by contemporary artists working today.
The progression of an artist’s career from graduation to ‘making it’ is explored via Bloomberg New Contemporaries which offers emerging artists a platform to be thrust into the art scene, the Northern Art Prize which profiles artists based in the North at all career stages and the Turner Prize 2011, which will be presented at BALTIC in association with Tate – the first time this prestigious award will take place beyond Tate.
In contrast to these, the Abandon Normal Devices festival (AND) focuses on how contemporary artists are working experimentally across new media whilst the International Print Biennale presents artists who use both new and historic printing techniques, demonstrating the diversity of contemporary printmaking. Asia Triennial Manchester 11(ATM11) incorporating The Manchester Weekender 2011 is a showcase of current contemporary art from Asia and the UK which completes the APN event line-up, revealing the international aspect of contemporary art practice today.
Alongside the events, APN brings to the fore some of the UK’s leading art institutions that are based in the North. These include BALTIC, MIMA, The Hepworth, Manchester Museums’ Consortium, Site Gallery, Tate Liverpool and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, spaces that consistently show innovative programmes of contemporary art.
With this spectrum of high profile national and international events and exhibitions, prizes, festivals and world-class contemporary art venues, APN alerts audiences to the excellence of the contemporary art offer in the North this Autumn, all of which are in feasible travelling distance of one another.
For full details see: allpointsnorth.info