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neo:residency2015 winner

neo: is delighted to announce Trevor Abbott as the winner of the neo:printprize2014 residency, offered in partnership with the University of Bolton.

Trevor AbbotThe neo:residency 2015 has been awarded to Trevor Abbott. He will start his 12 week residency next summer and will be working at the studios and with the MA students at the University of Bolton. The outcome of the residency will be a solo show for Trevor at neo:gallery22 later in the year.

neo: would like to thank University of Bolton for sponsoring the residency and for all the support they provided to this year’s resident Dana Ariel. Special thanks to Sam Johnson, Dean of the University’s School of Arts, Media and Education, and all of the staff. neo: would also like to thank GreatArt for their very generous and continued support.

neo: is now seeking private and corporate support to help us establish a world-class Contemporary Arts Centre which will provide a full range of opportunities for artists 'all under one roof', including: studios; printmaking and 3d studios and an exhibition space.



Over 800 entries were received worldwide from more that 250 artists working across the whole range of print media. The quality of the diverse and vibrant entries have really impressed the judges. 

Gordon Cheung (international contemporary painter and printmaker)
David Cleaton-Roberts (Co-Director at Alan Cristea Gallery, London)
Professor Paul Coldwell (artist and Head of Print at Chelsea School of Art, London) 
Eileen Cooper RA (painter, printmaker and Keeper of the Royal Academy)

All four judges very kindly donated their time and professional expertise to make the competition possible.

Award winners:

Great Art - Lewk Wilmshurst

Jackson’s Art Supplies - Rei Matsushima

Intaglio Printmaker - Dana Ariel

John Purcell Paper - Ian Brown

Screenstretch - John Angus

Hawthorn Printmaker Supplies - Susan Eyre

The neo:printprize is part of a series of high profile international opens facilitated by Bolton based neo:studios, a not-for-profit artist led organisation founded in 2007. The success of previous prizes together with the introduction of a 12 week residency offered to new graduates ensures that the quality of submissions continues to rise.

The prize is an international open exhibition aiming to raise awareness of new trends and directions in contemporary printmaking, to provide a platform for artists, showcase excellence and innovation from contemporary printmakers and bring to Bolton the best contemporary art from around the world.


Thursday 28th August - Sunday 2nd November
viewing times Thurs – Sun, 11am – 5pm.


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