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Derbyshire Open Art Competition

The Derbyshire Open is an annual competition, and is open to both amateur and professional artists of all ages.

The museum will be accepting entries for the competition on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 June 2022.

The exhibition will be on show from 25 June to 2 September 2022.

Winner of the Derbyshire Trophy 2019 - 'A Winter Walk' by Carl Longmate
Winner of the Derbyshire Trophy 2019 - 'A Winter Walk' by Carl Longmate
View the 2019 winning entries on Flickr

Since 1982, the Derbyshire Open Art Competition has attracted amateur and professional artists of all ages and backgrounds to compete for a range of prizes including a place in the museum collection. Now in its 38th year, entrants are once again encouraged to take inspiration from our very own county and create a piece that celebrates Derbyshire.

From landscapes, streetscapes and townscapes, to still life, local portraiture and representations of local stories, we're looking forward to seeing a diverse range of submissions.

Most mediums are accepted, including oils, acrylics, watercolours, drawing, print, collage, manipulated digital imagery and 3-dimensional work.


The museum will be accepting entries for the competition on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 June 2022, from 10.30am to 4pm.

Artists can enter up to 2 works which must be handed in at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

Early or late entries will not be accepted.

You'll be given a receipt which you must retain. This will record the number(s) of your work(s).

If you do not have email, please bring a first class stamped addressed envelope with your work.


An independent panel of 4 judges will select the works to be exhibited. Their decision is final.

We'll send the list of accepted work to all entrants by email. The list will be published on our website by 5pm on Thursday 16 June 2022.


Prize winners will be chosen from the judges' selection as follows:

  • The Derbyshire Trophy - £750 purchase prize
  • The Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery Trophy - up to £200 purchase prize
  • Derbyshire County Council Awards - 5 £200 prizes
  • Derbyshire County Council Young Artist Award - £100 prize for an artist aged 18 or under
  • commendations - up to10 £25 prizes
  • Visitors' Choice Award supported by Derbyshire County Council - £100 prize

Prizes will be announced at the preview on 25 June 2022. The Visitors' Choice winner will be announced at a later date once visitors to the museum have had a chance to cast their vote.

Entry guidelines

  1. The competition is open to all artists, professional and amateur, submitting work showing what is special about Derbyshire. This could be landscape, townscape,residents, local myths, still life or something else. Tell us on the entry form how the work illustrates this.

  2. All submitted artworks must be original works of art, created in the last 5 years, and must not have been entered for this competition previously.

  3. Artists may submit up to 2 artworks, either 2 or 3-dimensional, in any medium except photographic prints. Digital manipulation may be used as an element of the original artwork. It will be at the judges' discretion whether to consider the work.

  4. 2D work should not exceed 1.5 metres in either dimension. Entries of large or heavy work should be discussed with the museum before the submission dates.

  5. Work for sale is subject to 35% commission plus VAT at the current rate. Artists will receive payment by cheque after the end of the exhibition, when all monies from the purchases have been received by Derbyshire County Council.

  6. All 2D work must be framed, labelled with the following information:
    • name
    • address
    • title of work
    • medium
    • Derbyshire connection
    • price or NFS

    It must be fitted with protective corners and mirror plates. The mirror plates must be securely screwed into the frame along the centre line of the picture (please see the label mount guidance attached to this page). Clip frames will not be accepted. Please remove all other packing material before handing work in.

  7. If it is not possible to attach a label to 3D work, please attach a corded luggage label clearly stating the information requested.

  8. Please complete the entry form (attached to this page) and bring it with you when submitting your artwork(s). 

Check out our latest blog for further top tips on presenting your 2D work.

Collection of work

Unselected work can be collected on:

  • Saturday 18 June 2022 from 10:30am to 4pm
  • Sunday 19 June 2022 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Selected and unselected work can be collected on:

  • Saturday 3 September 2022 from 10:30am to 4pm
  • Sunday 4 September 2022 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Please bring your receipt with you when you collect your work. If you've lost your receipt, please bring some identification along with you.

If you ask a friend to collect your work, they must bring your receipt with them. If you've lost your receipt give your friend a signed note authorising them to collect your work, including the number(s) of the work(s).

Work cannot be collected at the preview.

A charge of £10 per work is imposed for collection outside the advertised dates.

The museum will dispose of uncollected work.

For further information email or tel: 01629 533540.