Peak District Artisans launch 2014 contest

online for blogThe Peak District Artisans have launched the 2014 search for their Young Artist of the Year.

The success of last year’s competition has attracted interest from three local sponsors including artsbeat magazine which is delighted to be able to support the contest.

St John Street Gallery, at Ashbourne, is hosting a month-long exhibition for the winners, including a preview evening, and contributing £350 prize money, whilst Turners Art Supplies will once again be providing artist equipment prizes for the winners. Artsbeat is the official media partner and editor Amanda Penman will also be providing marketing workshops for the winners.

Organiser Suzanne Cannon said: “Over the last four years we have seen some amazing talent and wonderful results for our winners, from commissions and contracts to increased confidence making life changing decisions around their future careers.
“The competition is now in its fourth year and is really gathering momentum.

“We’re looking for up and coming artists that can demonstrate their unique insight and creative vision as well as skills with materials.”

The group aim to identify and give recognition to art students aged 16-25, with outstanding talent. There are no restrictions on technique, materials or style. The work can be 2D or 3D, but it must be effectively reproduced in 2D printed form if required.

Since winning last year, Alex Jabore from Wilmslow has launched a successful art career in London where her work is currently on display.

She said: “Winning, the PDA Young Artist of the Year was a wonderful boost to my career. Exhibiting at the Great Dome Art Fair was a fantastic experience that enabled me to meet and learn from many other practicing artists and the public.’’

Alex appeared in artsbeat last year as did the runner up Alice Macqueen, features about both of them can be read in the special feature section of this site. The third winner last year was Georgia Hrubiak and there is a feature about her and the award in the February magazine which is due out next week.

The competition will see the overall winner receive £200 in cash, with second and third places receiving £100 and £50 respectively.

All three will have the exclusive opportunity to exhibit their work alongside some of the Peak District’s finest artists and artisans at the award winning annual Great Dome Art Fair in Buxton,  July 18-20.

Organised by the group, the fair is a hugely well-attended and highly respected event in the region’s art and festival calendar.

The deadline for entries is 6pm, on March 29, this will be followed by the shortlist announcement in April. The winners will be announced at the Great Dome Art Fair preview evening,  on July 18.