Derbyshire Open Art Competition 2011 winners

Walk Derbyshire by Harry McArdle (2011 winner)

Find out more about the winners of the prestigious Derbyshire Open Art Competition 2011.

Matlock artist Harry McArdle took the top prize of £750 with his dramatic landscape painting of the Dark Peak, seeing off competition from more than 450 entries.

Artists from Buxton, Ashbourne, Belper, New Mills and Wirksworth were also among the winners.

The annual Derbyshire County Council-run competition is open to amateur and professional artists and has prize money totalling £2,000.

In 2011, 416 works were entered into the competition − 90 more than last year − making the competition tougher than ever.

Entries must reflect something about Derbyshire and the exhibition shows the county in all lights, from a moonlit farm and a church in the snow to a ceramic pig in a supermarket trolley.

The judges were delighted with the standard of entries and the passion the artists have for the county. They were looking for representations with soul, but showing competence and an understanding about manipulating the chosen size, media and technique.

This year's top prize, The Derbyshire Trophy, went to Harry McArdle, of Matlock, with his work Walk Derbyshire − a dramatic Dark Peak landscape in mixed media. It will be added to the museum's permanent collection.

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

You can look at the winners and commended works by visiting our Flickr page (opens in a new window).

The 2011 Winners:

  • The Derbyshire Trophy 
    Walk Derbyshire - by Harry McArdle, of Matlock, Derbyshire
  • The Derbyshire County Council Watercolour Prize 
    St Oswald's Church in the Snow - by Antony Deeming, of Ashbourne, Derbyshire    
  • The Derbyshire County Council Oil Painting Prize 
    Angel - War Memorial - by Isabel Miller, Buxton, Derbyshire
  • Derbyshire County Council and Tarmac Ltd Landscape Prize 
    The Farm and Moon - by Renata Davis, of Leek, Staffordshire
  • The Derbyshire County Council Print Trophy 
    Derbyshire Millstone - by Audrey Pidgeon, of Matlock, Derbyshire
  • The Derbyshire Theme Prize 
    Flagg Races - by Rob Wilson, of Whaley Bridge, High Peak
  • The Munro Trophy 
    That Night at the Opera - by Emily Beaney, 19, of Kingsley, Staffordshire
  • The Derbyshire County Council Young Artist Prize 
    Morning Melt - by Connor O'Donoghue, 14, of New Mills, High Peak
  • The Friends Trophy 
    Cathedral Connections - by Geraldine Smith, of Wirksworth, Derbyshire
  • The Friends Sculpture Prize 
    Do We Need Another Supermarket? - by Jeff Perks, of Buxton, Derbyshire


  • Walking the Dog at Cromford - by Joss Abbs-Brown, 7, of Hayfield, High Peak
    Landscape Series 01/02 - Mary's Grandfather Demonstrates How to Build a Dry Stone Wall - by Richard Chadwick, of Macclesfield, Cheshire
  • The Derwent at Darley Park - by Lesley Griggs, of Derby
    Pavilion Gardens - by Zoe Badger, of Buxton, Derbyshire
  • It is the Shepe - by Sue Prince, of Ashbourne, Derbyshire
    Derbyshire − A Bird's Eye View -  by Jackie Brough, of Congleton, Cheshire
  • Apples and Bottles - by Jo Kirk, of Belper, Derbyshire
    St Chad's, Pleasley Vale - by Kathryn Morton, of Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
  • Horsehill Tor, Vale of Edale - by Roger Allen, of Matlock, Derbyshire
    Long Row Belper - by Anthea  Tassell, of Belper, Derbyshire

The winners were handed their awards at a ceremony at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery in June 2011.

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