The Search To Find The North East's Artist Of The Year Is On!
Eddystone Lighthouse (Smeaton's Tower) - An engraved vintage colour illustration of Eddystone Lighthouse (Smeaton's Tower), from a Victorian book dated 1847 that is no longer in copyright

Budding artists across Newcastle have the chance to shine and be crowned the region’s best, as today marks the launch of a search to find the North East’s next ‘Banksy’ or Tracey Emin.

The awards, launched by leading build-to-rent developers Placefirst at its new Hetton-le-Hole development, offers artists of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to enter their artwork for a chance to win the prestigious title of North East Artist of the Year 2021. In addition to the accolade, the winners across the three age categories will scoop up to £100 in art vouchers.

Entrants are invited to upload a photo of their favourite artistic creation at, whether that be traditional paintings, photography, sketches or digital art.

The three winners and age group finalists will also have their artwork showcased at the brand-new Scholars View show home in Hetton-le-Hole from March 2021 where members of the public will be invited to attend, with the opportunity to sell their pieces.

The competition will be judged by a panel of North-East art experts and will be open to the public vote to help crown their winner of three age groups – Primary School (5-10), Secondary School (11-15), and over 16’s.

David Mawson, Chief Executive at Placefirst commented, “We are delighted to launch a search to find the North East’s artist of the year to truly champion the fantastic talent we have in the region. The past few months have inspired many of us to take up a creative hobby, and what better way to celebrate this than to offer the chance for someone to showcase their work to the public and expert artists.

“This opportunity offers people of all ages to enter, no matter your artistry background. We look forward to seeing some excellent submissions.”

To enter, submit your artwork here before 11:59PM on 31st March 2021 with the winner announced in April 2021.

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