Entries Open for Greater Manchester Arts Prize

Returning for a third year, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is once again holding a competition for contemporary artists.

Joy Sewart, Head of Skills Development at Greater Manchester Chamber, said: “Our aim is to find and build the careers of artists and help develop artistic talent across the region. There is a wealth of talent and our job at the Chamber is to provide a platform to showcase and celebrate the work of our contemporary visual artists.”

The 2017 Arts Prize attracted approximately 220 entries from around 90 artists.

Last year’s winner, 24-year-old Helen Davies from Oldham, said “To win left me completely over the moon.”

Work by Helen and the runners-up was displayed in a Summer Exhibition at the Chamber’s offices in Elliot House in Manchester city centre.

This year, the artwork will be displayed at a pop-up exhibition taking place in Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery. The overall winner and three runners-up will be presented with awards at the Chamber’s Annual Business Dinner on 17 May at Victoria Warehouse.

The 2018 arts prize is now open for entries. Artists can submit work via the website at: www.gmartsprize.co.uk.

If you are interested in supporting the 2018 GM Arts Prize, please contact arts@gmchamber.co.uk.


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Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is the largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK, providing business support to approximately 4,500 members who collectively employ 446,000 people, around one-third of Greater Manchester’s workforce. Recognised as a leader in its field, Greater Manchester Chamber’s reputation in government circles has grown locally and nationally. At the heart of the area of greatest economic intensity outside London and the South East, the Chamber is the primary body for business support, policy, representation and networking. The Chamber is an independent, not-for-profit private company and its aim is to support businesses and help create the best climate for the region to prosper. This is achieved by ensuring that those taking decisions on key issues such as transport, taxation and business regulation hear the voice of our members. The representation of our members’ views is central to the work of the policy team at the Chamber; these views are gathered in a range of ways including our local councils, policy committees, sector councils, the main Chamber council, focus groups, meetings with politicians and consultations. The Chamber also offers a range of networking forums across Greater Manchester, free as part of membership, plus a variety of other events and services designed to benefit specific sectors or individuals and help businesses to grow.