As you will have no doubt seen in the press, we have launched the inaugural Freelands Award. The award, totalling £100,000, will be given to a regional arts organisation to realise a substantial project with a mid-career female artist. Six institutions have been selected to submit proposals as follows: Arnolfini, Bristol; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; The Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Turner Contemporary, Margate and the Whitworth, Manchester. These institutions will be presenting their proposals to our selection panel in September. The judges; Elisabeth Murdoch (chair), Phyllida Barlow, Martin Clark, Teresa Gleadowe and Jenni Lomax, will then chose a winner.