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Gateshead's Baltic gallery launches £120,000 art award

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Image caption The first winning artists will be part of a 13-week exhibition next year

The Baltic gallery in Gateshead has launched a new art prize that will distribute £120,000 between four winners every two years.

The Baltic Artists' Award will see a panel of four established artists pick four rising stars who are "deserving of an international platform".

The first four winners will each receive £25,000 to create new work and a £5,000 artist fee.

Their work will go on show at the Baltic from 30 June 2017.

Baltic director Sarah Munro said the prize would offer "a significant new biennial platform for nurturing emerging global talent".

She added: "The award does not impose any restrictions on age, media or nationality.

"Instead, Baltic's ambition is to offer all four nominated artists an unparalleled, step-change opportunity to make a significant new presentation with mentoring from some of the most exciting and experienced contemporary artists today."

The artists who will choose the first winners are:

  • Installation artist Mike Nelson, who has been nominated for the Turner Prize twice and represented Britain at the 2011 Venice Biennale
  • Lorna Simpson, from New York, the first African-American woman to show in the Venice Biennale
  • Berlin-based Italian artist Monica Bonvicini, who is the subject of a major exhibition at the Baltic from next week
  • Portugal's Pedro Cabrita Reis, who has exhibited around the world including at the Baltic in 2003

The money for the prize is coming from the Baltic's commissioning and exhibition budget.

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