Winners of Derbyshire Open Art contest announced

open arts winnerThe winners of the 31st Derbyshire Open Art contest were announced at a reception at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery last night.

The Derbyshire Trophy was won by Kathryn Morton, of Sutton-in-Ashfield for her beautiful collage of an abandoned tractor in Sawmills.

Kathryn, an amateur artist who has entered the competition many times was delighted with her success and said she couldn’t believe it when she received the call to tell her of the honour.

The picture will become part of the musuem’s collection.

Each year Derbyshire County Council invites artists to capture aspects of life and the landscape in Derbyshire, illustrating why the county is special to them.

The competition is open to amateur and professional arts and this year there were 289 entries with 102 selected for the exhibition at the museum which will be open until September 6. Thirty three of the works were by young people under the age of 21.

The exhibition was selected by artists Cora Glasser, of Glassball and Richard Johnson, of Kidology Workshops with Mark Suggitt, the director of Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and Peter Lowe a member of the Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

Other prize winners were: The Munro Trophy – The Artbox Artclubs, (5-16-year-olds), of Buxton, with Field – Homage to Antony Gormley; Derbyshire County Council Young Artist Prize – Lucia Badger Holmes (10), of Buxton with Buxton Opera House; The Friends Sculpture Prize – Dave Ward, of Bakewell with Sails; The Friends Trophy – Clare Benson, of Great Longstone, with Collapsing Barn; Derbyshire County Council Award – Jemma Webster, of Barnsley with Sir Barnes Wallis, Renata Davis, of Leek, with Behind Trinity Church, Mark Langley, of Belper,  with Haddon Hall, Angela Herd Hall, of High Lane Village, Stockport, with Aunty Winnie, and Suzanne King, of Derby, with Abstract Quarry Two.