Thrilled Matthew named on list for a Northern Art prize

Todmorden resident Matthew Houlding, who has been long listed for the 2011 Northern Art Prize.
Todmorden resident Matthew Houlding, who has been long listed for the 2011 Northern Art Prize.

A Todmorden resident is on the list for this year’s Northern Art Prize.

Matthew Houlding, 44, is one of nine Yorkshire artists included on the list of 20.

The winner of the award, run by Leeds Art Gallery for five years now, will be awarded £16,500.

The list includes artists working across a range of media including paint, sculpture and sound from all corners of the north-east, north- west and Yorkshire.

Matthew, who was born in Keighley but lived with his parents in Africa before moving back to Halifax and then Todmorden, said he was thrilled to have been nominated.

He said: “I’ve always been into art from a young age. I was always a creative child and have always made things.

“My work involves construction and making – I’m not a sculptor in the traditional sense.”

Matthew is currently supported by the Ceri Hand Gallery in Liverpool, and has been working on new projects for that from his Todmorden studio.

“I quite like it in Todmorden. It’s a bit off the beaten track and it’s very different to London.

“I lived in Halifax for seven years and then ended up in Todmorden because my girlfriend lived there.

“I’ve always moved around and this is where I’ve ended up.

“I was quite surprised when I was told I was nominated.

“I haven’t really thought much about it since then. I sent in some images of my work and then I found out I had made the list, which is a big plus.

“It would be very nice to make the shortlist, but I don’t dwell on things like this because they’re not in my hands.

The final four artists, selected by a panel of industry experts, will be announced in July.

Their work will then be showcased at Leeds Art Gallery from November 25 this year until February 19 2012.