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Derbyshire Open Art Competition

It is with regret that Buxton Museum and Art Gallery is having to cancel the 38th Derbyshire Open Art competition and exhibition. We realise that artists, visitors and buyers of the artwork will be very disappointed, but we look forward to hosting the exhibition again next year.


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 winning entries on Flickr

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

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.

Artists can enter up to 2 works which must be handed in between 10:30am and 4pm on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 June 2020 at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

An independent panel of 4 judges will then select the works to be exhibited. The display will be on show from Saturday 27 June to Friday 4 September 2020.

Prizes will be announced at the preview on Friday 26 June 2020, starting with the children's prize giving at 6:30pm, and the adults at 7:30pm. The Visitors' Choice winner will be announced at a later date once visitors to the museum have had a chance to cast their vote.

For further information email buxton.museum@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 533540.

With additional support from Tarmac and the Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, the Derbyshire Open Art Exhibition will be the highlight of our summer programme.