Buxton Spa Prize For Artists of All Ages

Buxton Spa Prize for Artists

The Buxton Spa Prize will again attract and encourage artists of all ages and abilities to paint 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.

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 and second and third cash prize. A new sketchbook prize which generated great interest in 2014 and will be repeated this year with a prize of £2000.

The Prize judges include  renowned Salford artist Harold Riley,leading UK ‘en plein air’ artists Ken Howard RA OBE and Pete ‘The Street ‘ Brown and Chairman of Visit England, Penelope, Viscountess Cobham CBE.

Artists can register to enter online from 1 April till 18 May. They are then required to visit Buxton from the 1 – 18 May to draw their location by ballot and have their board or canvas  stamped. The deadline for submissions is the 5th July.  All entries will be showcased in an exhibition at The Green Man Gallery in the town from 17 July until the 31 August which will also provide artists with the opportunity to sell their work.

The organisers Neil M Scowcroft, Daniel Winter, Emma Potter and Liz Mackenzie invited local people to pick 40 outdoor locations across the town. Each entrant will be offered a location by ballot and asked to submit their work by 5 July. Children and young people are encouraged to create a piece inspired by what they love about Buxton and have the chance to win art materials vouchers.

The prize is currently proudly sponsored by Vision Buxton and No 6 The Square Tearooms. For further details on how to enter the competition, visit the exhibition, buy art or support the prize please visit www.buxtonspaprize.co.uk or email info@buxtonspaprize.co.uk

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