Flourish Award 2017 16 September – 28 October

The Flourish Award 2017

The Flourish Award was established in 2009 by West Yorkshire Print Workshop to champion and showcase excellence in printmaking across Yorkshire. The award now provides artists and printmakers from across the UK with the opportunity to exhibit their work in a group exhibition at the WYPW Gallery. The winner of the award goes on to present their own solo print exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery in 2018. The winner also benefit from a two-week residency at WYPW.

To enter, follow the appropriate link below and upload three images for selection by our independent panel. Judges confirmed include Yvonne Hardman, Head of Collections and Programmes, Leeds Art Gallery; Sumi Perera, Artist/Printmaker and winner of Flourish Award 2015; and Grant Scanlon, Senior Curator, Kirklees Museums and Galleries.

Submission fees apply: Standard entry fee for the Flourish Award 2017 is £15. For members of West Yorkshire Print Workshop entry is £10 and Student/Graduate entry is £10.

The submission deadline for this year's award is Monday 3 July

Artists whose work is shortlisted will be invited to include their work in the Flourish exhibition held at West Yorkshire Print Workshop from 16 September - 28 October 2017.  During the exhibition our panel of judges will select the winning printmaker - the Flourish Award Winner.  In addition there are runners-up prizes, including our student/recent graduate award, of vouchers and materials kindly given by our sponsors:

Great Art Prize - £300
Jackson’s Art Supplies Prize - £100
Intaglio Printmaker Prize - £100
Hawthorn Printmaker Prize - £50
RK Burt & Co Prize - Unique paper pad (value £40)
Awagami Paper Prize - 50 sheets of Awagami Editioning Paper (value £175)

Flourish exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery

Winner of Flourish 2016 and the Intaglio Printmaker Prize, Amy-Jane Blackhall, will present her exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery in October 2017.

Amy-Jane's work emerges from her fascination with the concept of interconnectedness, through the physical and spiritual act of making, particularly the repetitive nature of print.

Underlying structures are central to Amy-Jane's imagery; derived from sacred places, she frequently references archetypal symbols, Oriental art and Eastern ideologies. Recurring themes in her work reflect on how the universality has a strong aesthetic appeal transcending space and time, language and culture.