Its aim is to celebrate the cultural wealth and landscape breadth of Buxton by inviting artists to visit the town and base their work ‘en plein air’.
The organising team of Suzanne Pearson, Emma Potter, Neil Scowcroft and Daniel Winter were inspired by similar artistic competitions in Bath and Bristol and have developed the plans to bring the streets of Derbyshire’s own spa town alive with artists and their easels during May and June.
There are some very generous prizes on offer including the main Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust Prize of £5,000, the Harold Riley Sketchbook Award of £2,000 and prizes for Young Artists and Juniors.
It is hoped that by bringing artists to the town to explore its beauty and essence, the event will also promote Buxton as a centre for the visual arts, enhance the community and boost the local economy.
The panel of judges is being chaired by the renowned Salford artist Harold Riley who knows the Buxton area well, and includes the UK’s leading ‘en plein air’ artist Ken Howard, The Viscountess Cobham, chairman of Visit England, Louise Potter, Derbyshire’s Deputy Lieutenant, Anne Lise Fraser, programme co-ordinator for Art and Design at Buxton and Leek College and Ros Westwood, director of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.
Suzanne Pearson said: “We hope that all artists who enter this exciting new competition, both amateur and professional, will enjoy the challenge of interpreting locations around the town.
“The resulting exhibition will be a fascinating collection of art showing different views of Buxton.”
The website for the project has been open for entries since February 14 and locations for artists, some of which are sponsored by local businesses and organisations, subsequently drawn by ballot.
The artists will then be working in the town from May 23 to June 23 with an aim to submit their completed work by the deadline of August 31.
Works will be judged in September and there will be an awards dinner and VIP preview followed by the exhibition and sale of work from September 12 to October 12.
Categories include the Buxton Spa Prize for a 2D work in any medium, excluding photography, which has a first prize of £5,000, second of £2,500 and third prize of £1,000.
For young artists aged between 12 and 17 the first prize is a week at the Lifeboat Painting Studio in Porthleven, Cornwall for the artist and three of their family. The second and third prizes are £300 and £200 worth of art materials respectively. For the under 12s there will also be art materials up for grabs.
A unique category with a £2,000 prize, invites participating artists to submit a sketchbook/workbook. Entries for this Harold Riley Prize are expected to give interesting insights into the creative process.
Full details of how to enter can be found at http://www.buxtonspaprize.co.uk for more information about the project and sponsorship opportunities please contact firstname.lastname@example.org