The Northern Art Prize celebrates contemporary visual artists based in the North of England. Founded in 2007, it has established itself as an important award – recognised nationally as a relevant profiler of artists working in the North East, North West and Yorkshire regions.
Each year NAP asks twelve arts professionals from across the North of England, representing both urban and rural areas, organisations and freelancers to nominate two artists to be put forward for the prize. Nominated artists can be of any age, any nationality and working in any media as long as they are based in the North. The nominated artists are invited to submit examples of their work and four selectors drawn from national arts organisations or established artists use this information to select a shortlist of four. The nominators and selectors change each year.
The shortlisted artists work with Sarah Brown, Curator at Leeds Art Gallery, to put together an exhibition of recent and new works. The selectors return to view the exhibition and choose a winner. The prize provides a significant financial reward to the winning artist who receives £16,500 with the other shortlisted artists receiving £1,500.
The prize emerged from a partnership between Logistik, a design and communications agency, Leeds City Council and Arup, the global firm of designers and consultants.
The director of Northern Art Prize is Pippa Hale.