Established in 2021 and developed by independent curator, Matthew Jarratt and Seaton Delaval Hall’s General Manager, Emma Thomas, the aim of the North East Emerging Artist Award is to showcase site-specific contemporary art in a historic context and to encourage emerging artists to develop proposals at the hall.
Following the application stage and shortlisting, eight artists will be supported with a £350 bursary to develop their proposals which will be presented at Seaton Delaval Hall from May 2024. Three of those shortlisted proposals will then be realised and exhibited in the spring of 2025 with a budget each of £4,000.
Throughout its history Seaton Delaval Hall and its inhabitants have been synonymous with artistic support, from commissioning painter Arthur Pond to produce views of the Hall, the backing of erotic novelist, John Clelland, and the patronage of William Bell who produced family portraits and tutored Rhoda Delaval through to the 21st Lord Hastings’ support of The Royal Ballet. The North East Emerging Artist Award continues this rich tradition.