The Light of Day

Current project Featured 2021

Showcasing artists in England whose projects have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 / coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, in celebration of our 20th anniversary.

The selected artists for The Light of Day are Simon Paris, Lara Hailey, Andy Sowerby, Marita Upeniece, Kinnari Saraiya, Mandy Williams, Grae Wall, Patricia Shrigley Sian Dorman and Catherine Chinatree .

The shortlisted artists for The Light of Day are: John Antony Thadicaran, Özge Kayaaslan, Catherine Flood, Leah Stewart, Tahira Mandarino, Laurel Jay Carpenter, Alice Sheppard Fidler, Danielle Vaughan, Gisela Torres, Veronica Vossen, Oliver Bragg, Elizabeth Woodger, Ben Browton, Kia Whitcombe, Penny O’Brien, Antonia Jackson, Marcia Teusink, Steve Burden, Louise Beer, Thomas Oscar Miles, Caitriona Dunnett, Milda Lembertaitė, Paul Matosic, Jane Claire Wilson and Diane Gerrad.


The COVID-19 / coronavirus global pandemic has affected all forms of artistic practice, with many artists unable to showcase work due to galleries closing and exhibitions being cancelled or postponed.

For The Light of Day, 5 invited selectors chose 2 artists each to be featured in one of our monthly newsletters between July 2021 and June 2022. Each of the featured artists received an award of £150.

The selectors also chose a further 5 shortlisted artists each to have an image showcased on our Instagram page. These 25 artists  received a £50 fee.

Artists based in England at any stage of their career applied with a single image of:

  • Plans
  • Ideas
  • Works in progress
  • Drafts, or
  • Completed work

that they had agreed plans to exhibit, which were cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 / coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, never seeing the light of day.

The Award

  • For selected artists:
    • Their image, biography, links and a short statement about their work featured in one of our monthly newsletters between July 2021 and June 2022.
    • The same information and image featured on our Instagram page.
    • A fee of £150
  • For shortlisted artists:
    • Their image, biography, links and a short statement about their work on our Instagram page
    • A fee of £50


  • Amanprit Sandhu – A London based curator and writer with a focus on commissioning, performance-based practices and collaborative approaches to working
  • Kirsty Ogg – Director of New Contemporaries, the leading UK organisation supporting emergent art practice from UK art schools and alternative programmes.
  • Mary Cork – Co-founded ZELDA, a new proposition for an arts advisory, using fees earned from art consultancy to create free professional development platforms for artists underrepresented by existing commercial models.
  • Alessio Antoniolli – Director, Gasworks & Triangle Network , a non-profit contemporary visual art organisation working at the intersection between UK and international practices and debates.
  • Ben Yau – A Chinese-Scots visual artist based in London. A graduate from Camberwell College of Arts in the study of Fine Art Photography in 2019 and in the same year was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries as well as Creekside Open.