The Buxton Spa Prize 2015– Over 100 artists entered

Over 100 artists and guests attended The Buxton Spa Prize awards event and exhibition launch at The Green Man Gallery on Thursday 16 July. The extensive exhibition featured work by over 100 artists of all ages and abilities who painted the town in the open air (en plein air) during May and June.. The prize which was successfully launched in 2014 aims to raise the profile of artists and their work and further enhance Buxton’s national reputation as a centre for arts and culture. The exhibition of the artist’s work which can be purchased, open until the 31 August at The Green Man Gallery, Hardwick Hall behind Buxton Museum.


Inspired by similar competitions in Bath and Bristol, The Buxton Spa Prize has Children’s Prize, 11 – 17 year old Buxton Spa Teen Prize, The Buxton Spa Young Persons Prize for those aged 18 – 25 and an open category with a first prize of £5,000 from the Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust. The Harold Riley Sketchbook Prize which generated great interest in 2014 and will be repeated this year with a prize of £2000.

The Prize judges leading UK ‘en plein air’ artists Ken Howard RA OBE and Pete ‘The Street ‘ Brown and Chairman of Visit England, Penelope, Viscountess Cobham CBE. competition with a chance to win £5,000.


The winners are as follows:


The Buxton Spa Prize 2015 sponsored by The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust, The University of Derby & No 6 Tearoooms.


  • 1st - Rob Wilson - The Crescent [ from Whaley Bridge ]
  • 2nd - David Pilgrim - Evening Stroll on Broadwalk [ from Milton Keynes ]
  • 3rd - Michael J Ashcroft - One Morning in June , (A view from Cliff Road , Buxton) , [ from Manchester ]


The Harold Riley Sketchbook Prize 2015 sponsored by the Harold Riley Trust


  • Julie Cross


The Buxton Spa Young Artists 2015

Georgina Watson & Sophie Hall


The Buxton Spa Teen Prize 2015  sponsored by Buxton and Leek College

  • 1st Prize: Charlie Collins, 16
  • 2nd Prize: Ceri Davis, 15
  • 3rd Prize: Carys Walters, 15


The Buxton Spa Children's Prize 2015 , sponsored by Buxton and Leek College

  • 1st Prize: Emily Potter, 8
  • 2nd Prize: Alice Cochrane, 10
  • 3rd Prize: Angus Grey, 6


Sponsors of the prize include the Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust, Riley Archive, Buxton and Leek College the University of Derby and Vision Buxton. For further details visit or email


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