Despite memories of the Great
North Run Opening Ceremony still fresh in our minds we are already putting our thinking caps
on for 2015 and beyond. That's why we're very pleased to announce the winners of the
Great North Run Culture graduate artist commission – a new opportunity created through our partnership with Northumbria University, Newcastle.
Hope Stebbing and Oliver
Perry, recent graduates of Northumbria’s Fine Art degree successfully pitched
their artistic concept to a selection panel, which included Beth Bate, Director
of Great North Run Culture, as well as Ronan McCree, Fiona Crisp and Jamie
Steane, representing the art and media departments of the University. As a
result, the duo will receive £4,000 to develop their artistic vision in
celebration of the Great North Run and their work will be unveiled in time for
next year’s world-famous half marathon event in September.
"The standard of submissions
we received from the students was incredible,” said Beth, "and we’re so pleased
to have started this partnership with Northumbria University. What we liked
about Hope and Oliver’s proposal was the way they intend to integrate their
work with the course the run takes, disrupting, whilst also working with, the
The pair (pictured), who will start work
on their installation early in the new year propose to create 1.2 metre high
concrete letters, spelling out the words ONWARD, TOGETHER, AS ONE, which will
be displayed around the course inspiring the participants and the north east as we look to build on a regional sense of pride through our arts and culture programme.
"We’re very pleased to have
been chosen to create a piece of art for the Great North Run,” commented Hope,
Oliver continued "it’s so synonymous with the north east and for our
installation to be part of that is brilliant. We’re really looking forward to
Fiona Crisp, Reader in Fine Art at Northumbria
said: "Hope and Oliver are beneficiaries of Northumbria’s ‘Graduate School
Northumbria’ scheme where graduates are given the space and time to evolve
networks and entrepreneurial activity whilst continuing to develop their
creative work – they both richly deserve this prestigious award and the
fantastic professional opportunities it brings.”
See more from Hope Stebbing at www.hopestebbing.com and Oliver Perry at www.oliver-perry.com.
Kindly supported by Northumbria University, IdeasTap and S and B EPS Limited