The Castlegate Prize - Winner and exhibition online

11th September, 2020

Well, after almost eighteen months and a pandemic, we can reveal that the winner of the inaugural Castlegate Prize and recipient of the £10,000 award is Sabrina Shah for her painting Bucket List. The exhibition may be seen HERE  together with a video of the exhibition HERE and we've even gone an extra mile and had a 3D walk-round experience produced, viewable on the exhibition page at the top, labelled cunningly "3D Gallery Tour"

We've also awarded a special prize of £1,000 to a young artist/animator, Sorrel Milne. Sorrel submitted a two-minute animation, I AM HERE featuring the voices of four women sharing their experience of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Whilst Sorrel didn't meet the criteria of the competition her video on the effects of PTSD so struck the judges with its informal yet thought provoking production and narrative, that it was felt a special award was warranted to recognise the importance of what Sorrel has produced and its direct link to one of the key drivers of creation of The Castlegate Prize - to raise the profile of and assist those dealing with mental health issues.

Launching a new national art prize has been many things; exciting, daunting, frustrating but most of all hugely rewarding and was aided in no small part by our fellow judges, artist Eileen Cooper (RA, OBE), John Moores-prize winning artist Martin Greenland and broadcaster and all-round top northern-chap, Stuart Maconie; we thank them all for their input and assistance. 

Now to start work on Castlegate Prize #2 for 2022.

Steve and Christine 

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