Friday, December 8, 2023

Local Artists Urged To Enter Derbyshire Open Arts Competition

The competition returns for 35th year and is open to amateur and professional artists, including children and is supported by Tarmac and the Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

Entries for the competition must be inspired by what Derbyshire means to the artist. The subject could be a Derbyshire landscape, a town or streetscape, local people, still life or representations of local stories. Entrants can use most mediums, including oils, acrylics, watercolours, drawing, print, collage, manipulated digital imagery or three-dimensional work.

The closing date for the competition is Saturday 10 June 2017.

The Derbyshire County Council Leader and Designate Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism, Councillor Barry Lewis, said:

“This popular competition has been inspiring artists of all ages and experience for more than 30 years and we are delighted to encourage local artists to celebrate our county.

“The winning work of art will be acquired for Buxton Museum and Art Gallery which makes it available to the public beyond the exhibition.”

Artists can submit up to two works which must be handed in between 10am and 4.30pm on Friday 9 June and Saturday 10 June 2017, at the museum in Terrace Road, Buxton. An independent panel of four judges will select the works to be exhibited at our organising venue, Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

Prizes totalling – £2,150 including a £750 first prize – are on offer along with the opportunity to display work at an exhibition in Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

The exhibition runs at the height of the tourist season and with the museum expecting to be busy following its refurbishment with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Wolfson Foundation and Arts Council England, this is a chance for artists to show their work to a wide audience.

Prizes will be announced at the preview on 23 June 2017 at 6.30pm for the children’s prize-giving and 7.30pm for the adults’ prize-giving.

The rules and entry form can be found at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery or any of our libraries. For more information email: or tel: 01629 533540.

The judges’ selection including the winning pieces will go on display at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery from Saturday 24 June until Friday 1 September 2017.

Claire Meese


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