Young Artists awarded at festival

From left: Georgia Hrubiak, Alice Macqueen and Alex Jabore

The work of two talented young artists from Derbyshire received award-winning recognition at Buxton’s Festival Fringe.

Georgia Hrubiak from Matlock and Alice Macqueen from Ilkeston were awarded second and third place respectively in the Peak District Artisans’ Young Artist of the Year at the group’s annual Great Dome Art Fair.

First prize went to 25-year-old Alex Jabore from Wilmslow for her piece ‘Morning’.

The competition, organised by Peak District Artisans, aims to identify and give recognition to art students aged 16-25, with outstanding talent.

PDA chair, Chris Farrow said: “Since launching in 2010 we have continuously gained more interest each year – this year was no different, the standard of entries was fantastic.

“As a group, we understand how challenging it can be for young artists starting out in this industry and we want to support these people who are serious about art.”

Art supplier, Turners Art sponsored the competition. As well as supplying high quality exhibition display equipment for the winners to use at the Art Fair, they provided a range of artists’ materials for each of the finalists.

All three finalists also received cash prizes combined with the exclusive opportunity to exhibit their work alongside the group throughout the weekend.

Speaking of her success, 22-year-old Georgia who has who has recently joined the team at Derbyshire’s fine gemstone jeweller, C.W.Sellors, said: “It’s fantastic to be recognised among such great talent, and a real privilege to have the opportunity to exhibit my work alongside some of the Peak District’s finest artists.”

Alice Macqueen, who took third place, has already sold her winning piece. Based on a member of the public whom she approached to photograph for her 6th form art project, the piece went on to be displayed in her school gallery.

“I was amazed when my subject later contacted the school asking to see my work. I think he was quite overwhelmed to see himself on canvas, but it was so nice to see him again.”

Organisers have hailed this year’s Great Dome Art Fair a huge success. They are now making plans for their next group event, the Great Peak District Fair in October.