A NEW art fellowship will support young artists in Northumberland to develop work inspired by the stars and dark skies around Kielder Observatory.

Frank’s Fellowship will give each teenager a bursary of £250 plus access to the observatory so they can produce wide ranging artwork of their choice, from music and dance, to digital and watercolours.

The fellowship has been established in memory of Frank Fortescue, who loved being in the forest and the night skies around Kielder.

Applicants must be aged between 14 and 18 and resident in any part of Northumberland. They do not need to be studying art and the bursary can be used to cover materials, travel to Kielder and other expenses.

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Artists have to submit up to 300 words or a two-minute video describing what the opportunity would mean to them. The deadline to enter is Monday, April 25.

Successful applicants will be able to attend a Fellowship day at the Observatory, have access to Observatory events for themselves and a legal guardian (subject to ticket availability) and be connected to the Observatory's professional artist network.

Catherine Johns, CEO of Kielder Observatory, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for young people in Northumberland to take inspiration from the magic of Kielder and create their own interpretations of that magic through their art.

"We’re very grateful to the family of Frank Fortescue who have allowed this opportunity for young people in Northumberland.”

For more information on how to enter, visit Kielder Observatory's website here.