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Winners of 2022 Derbyshire Open Art Competition announced

Published: 27 June 2022

Winners of the 38th Derbyshire Open Art Competition have been revealed.

Ros Westwood, Cath Dunn and Susan Hobson
From left, Derbyshire County Council Museums Manager Ros Westwood OBE, Derbyshire Trophy winner Cath Dunn, and Cllr Susan Hobson cabinet support member for Strategic Leadership, Culture, Tourism and Climate Change.

The prestigious competition and open art exhibition, run by our Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, was held this year following a 2-year break due to the pandemic.

This year 248 entries were received from across Derbyshire and neighbouring counties, including 25 entries from young people under 21.

Entries were judged by a panel made up of artist and illustrator Andrea Joseph, gallery owner Isla Dawes, curator of Art of Derby Museums Matt Edwards and Carol Jones, a member of The Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

At the exhibition preview event held on Saturday (25 June) Sheffield artist Cath Dunn was announced as the winner of the Derbyshire Trophy, recognised as the main competition prize.

Cath’s winning picture Dark and White Peak’ is now on exhibition at the museum and art gallery on Terrace Road, Buxton, alongside 106 other works from the competition, which can all be seen for free.

Cath, whose picture has been accepted into the museum’s collections, said she was ‘truly delighted and so very, very pleased’. 

She added:

“I have always loved the museum so to get this award is special. Also the Derbyshire Open Art Competition is a much loved event by artists and was sorely missed over Covid times so a huge thank you to all for the hard work that goes into this fine event.”

The Derbyshire Young Artist prize was awarded to Esme Blue, aged 9, from Alsager, Cheshire for her mixed media sculpture ‘Music in the Woods: found and made things’.

The Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery sponsored prize was won by Patrick Jones from Knutsford, Cheshire, for ‘Magical and Monumental: Lutyens’ Garden at Renishaw Hall’.

His award was presented by Chair of the Friends Lindsay Crowe and the work will also be added to the museum’s collection. 

We remain the principal supporter of the exhibition, with continuing support from Tarmac and the Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

Derbyshire County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture, Tourism and Climate Change: Councillor Barry Lewis said:

“It’s very positive to be able to welcome the Derbyshire Open Art Competition and exhibition back following the pandemic and as always the entries have been of a very high standard.

“The judges’ selection creates an exhibition which celebrates our county and promotes a good feeling about living in Derbyshire, the landscape, the friendliness of the people, the impressive architecture and the places we all love. I’m sure the exhibition will be well visited over the summer.”

Tarmac’s Lime Director Graham Cooper said:

“We are delighted to sponsor the Derbyshire Open Art Competition once again in 2022, encouraging artists of all ages, both amateur and professional, to come forward with their work.”

One prize, the Visitors' Choice prize, will be chosen by visitors to the gallery who will vote over the coming weeks. The winner will be announced in August.

The Derbyshire Open Art Exhibition remains at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery until 2 September and admission is free.

See all the pictures on Buxton Museum's Flickr