Winners of Derbyshire open art competition revealed

26 June 2017

The winners of this year's Derbyshire Open Art competition have been revealed.

Our competition is in its 35th year and is open to amateur and professional artists of all ages.

People who had submitted entries to the competition were invited to attend a preview evening on Friday (23 June 2017) at the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery to hear the winners and commended entries announced.

Artists were asked to submit entries inspired by what Derbyshire means to them, with suggested subjects ranging from county landscapes, a town or streetscape, local people, still life or representations of local stories.

Entrants were allowed to submit up to two works and could use most materials including oils, acrylics, watercolours, drawing, print, collage, manipulated digital imagery or three dimensional work.

The winners and commended entries were selected by an independent panel of four judges.

The Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism Councillor Barry Lewis attended the preview evening and addressed the audience, telling them how proud he was of the museum and art gallery team for their hard work and how pleased he was to see the redevelopment work, which is almost finished.

Councillor Lewis thanked all the agencies who had supported the museum and art gallery with funding towards its redevelopment and the many specialists who had advised on the work, saying the improved building would boost tourism and the local economy.

Speaking after the event, Councillor Lewis added:

"The Derbyshire Open Art competition has proved as popular as always and once again the judges were extremely impressed with the standard of entries from professional and amateur artists.

"People now have the chance to go and see the winning works and a selection of other entries at the museum and art gallery and I'm sure they will be impressed with what they see. Competitions like this show Derbyshire at its best."

Prizes totalling £2,150 − including a first prize of £750 − were on offer, and the judges' selection, including the winning pieces, will be displayed at our newly refurbished Buxton Museum and Art Gallery in Terrace Road from now until Friday 1 September.

The competition is supported by Tarmac and the Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

The winners and commended:

The Derbyshire Trophy

No 170 Pavilion Reflection
by Mark Langley from Belper, Derbyshire

Derbyshire County Council Young Artist Award

No 111 Traveller's Rest
by Katherine Marrow, 17, from King Sterndale, Buxton, Derbyshire

The Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery Trophy

No 14 What We Leave Behind Us
by Jenny Bowden from Litton Mill, Buxton, Derbyshire

Derbyshire County Council Award

No 11 Squeeze Stile near Sheldon
by Leri Kinder from Wilmslow, Cheshire

Derbyshire County Council Award

No 69 Sunday
by Sue Lewis-Blake from Stanton in Peak, Derbyshire

Derbyshire County Council Award

No 142 Finding Errwood Hall
by Patrick Jones from Knutsford, Cheshire

Derbyshire County Council Award

No 187 Derbyshire Slice
by Helen Cunliffe from South Reddish, Stockport, Cheshire

Derbyshire County Council Award

No 214 Walking the Edge
by Katherine Rhodes from Sheffield


No 6 Buxton Opera House
by Shakira Abbs-Brown, 10, from Hayfield, High Peak


No 20 The Dove Valley from Cold Eaton
by Roger Allen from Brassington, Derbyshire


No 47 Cromford Waterwheel
by Andy Mayers from Belper, Derbyshire


No 56 Chatsworth Estate - Winter Twilight
by Kirstie Adamson from Derby


No 77 Denby Ware Still Life
by Laura Critchlow from Buxton, Derbyshire


No 93 Kinder Hags and Groughs
by Howard Young from Ellenhall, Staffordshire


No 131 Night at the Opera House
by Annabel Pitts, 17, from Buxton, Derbyshire


No 180 Friden Brickworks, Newhaven
by Kathryn Morton from Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire


No 185 Winter's Light, Kinder
by Philip Cunliffe from South Reddish, Stockport, Cheshire


No 247 I Dream of Sheep
by Iona Parkin, 14, from Hope Valley College