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Winner of neo:residency2014
neo: is delighted to announce Dana Ariel as the winner of the first neo:residency, offered in partnership with the University of Bolton.

dana arielDana was selected from over 200 artists who submitted to neo:graduates2013.


The 12 week residency will take place this summer and during the residency Dana will have access to the facilities in neo:studios and also at the University of Bolton, plus a total of £1000 for materials, sponsored in part by GreatArt.

Throughout her time in Bolton Dana will be mentored by Sophia Crilly, Director/Curator of Bureau, Manchester and will be working with the Fine Art MA students at the University of Bolton. The residency culminates in a solo show to be held in neo:gallery22, the Market Place, Bolton.


Dana grew up as a non-Jewish-Israeli-of-German-descent though her work does not deal directly with her personal biography. She uses photography, printmaking, video and drawing firstly as ways of mark making and as techniques of capturing traces.


neo:printprize 2014 - update
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), who are very kindly donating their time and professional expertise to make the competition possible.

The neo:printprize is part of a whole series of high profile international opens that have been planned by Bolton based neo:studios, a not-for-profit artist led organisation founded in 2007, and with the success of previous prizes and now the offer of a 12 week residency to a new graduate, the quality of submissions are even higher.

neo:printprize is an open exhibition inviting work from artists 18 and over, all nationalities, and intends to raise awareness of new trends and directions in printmaking by showcasing excellence and innovation in contemporary British printmaking. The independent jury, who also award the main prizes, select works anonymously from an open submission. The prize aims provide a platform for artists and to bring to Bolton the best contemporary art from around the world. An exhibition showcasing the work of all the final shortlisted artists will be held in the prestigious


The Market Place Shopping Centre


opening Thursday 28th August

An Award Ceremony will also be held in the gallery Saturday 30th August at 2pm, all welcome! The exhibition continues to Sunday 2nd Novemeber, viewing times Thurs – Sun, 11am – 5pm.

PRESS + MEDIA For high res images or more details please contact:

Jason Simpson

Tel: 07855 369 522


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.


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