Winner of 2019 Arts Prize Announced

Date: 07/06/2019
Author: GMCC
Company: GMCC

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2019 GM Arts Prize is Stockport artist, James Roper, who has a studio space at Bankley Studios & Gallery in Manchester.

James’ entry, entitled ‘Sonitus Luminis (Metanoia VI)’ (pictured), is an oil on canvas and through the use of semi-abstraction his intention is to encourage the viewer to enter into a visual state of limbo. This liminal state is also embodied visually within the subject matter of the painting.

Our judges for the 2019 prize were:

  • Ghislaine Howard, a painter whose works chart and interpret shared human experience.
  • Ian Hay, Co-Founder and Director of Saul Hay Gallery and Saul Hay Fine Art Ltd.
  • Jo Clements, Manchester based artist and winner of the 2018 Greater Manchester Arts Prize.
  • Louise Durose, General & Legal Counsel at MAN Energy Solutions, Collector of Northern Art

The GM Arts Prize has received support from Fred Aldous, G.F Smith Papers and the University of Bolton. 

The winner James Roper and the three runners-up, Steve Oliver from Rogue Artists’ Studios, Iain Andrews from Manchester and Julie Cassels from Suite Studios, will receive their awards at the Chamber’s Annual Business Dinner, which takes place on 13th June at the Victoria Warehouse.

The 2019 awards have been created by Bryn Richards and Hannah Bolsher of 818 Artists.

As well as receiving the award, the winner and runners-up will also receive vouchers from art suppliers Fred Aldous, artist paper from G.F. Smith and the overall winner thanks to the University of Bolton will receive a ‘Platform’ residency at the new gallery space at Bolton Train Station.

All the winning pieces, along with the shortlisted selection are now open to the public at Bolton Museum and Art Gallery until the 5th July 2019.

To find out more about the GM Arts Prize visit