Great Dome Art Fair

peak district artisansIf you want to find out who is at the forefront of the arts in the Peak District then make sure the date of the Great Dome Art Fair is in your diary.

The two-day event staged by the Peak District Artisans showcases the range of talent within the group and also the work of new artists about to burst on to the scene as winners of the Young Artist of the Year Award.

There will be the annual art auction and free illustrated talks and demonstrations as well as a raffle for original art postcards at the event which is also part of the Buxton Fringe Festival.

There will be far too many artists displaying their work for artsbeat to mention them all, but those people who we have not already featured in the magazine in the last year include Brenda Ford who creates enamelled jewellery, traditionally trained blacksmith David Turner who produces ironwork with a difference, Lynn Wilkinson who paints popular animal portraits, award-winning Steve Elliott who paints landscapes using pastels, Birchover-based Chris Fleming who produces quality handmade furniture and Janine Mannion-Jones who specialises in stoneware pottery.

This year artsbeat has been promoting the Young Artist of the Year Award for the Artisans and the winner will be announced at the preview on July 18.

All three finalists will be exhibiting alongside the other artists at the fair in the Devonshire Dome, Buxton, on July 19 and 20

The finalists are Iona Rowland, who was featured in artsbeat in May, 18-year-old Alderwasley Hall sixth form student Jack Halford and Sam Westwood, 19, who is studying at Durham University.

Describing her sumitted work Spectacle, top right, Iona said: “The painting is a satirical take on the virtuality of fashion advertising. Its artificial dimensionality, colour saturation and high gloss finish suggests the piece could be computer generated, a fictional product of the photoshop generation.”

Jack says The Sound of the Waterfall, left, is: “Making sense and creating some sort of resolution to moments in time when I am walking over a bridge in Matlock.

“The colours I chose are exaggerated, it’s a blurred view from what I’d see if everyday were compacted together into one experience – one view of the year with all of seasons, the weather, the people, the sounds, flowing together.”

Sam Westwood said he doesn’t know the subject in his piece Woman with Luggage at Euston Station, top left: “I don’t know anything about her, and she has no idea that I have painted her. When viewing any portrait, we automatically make assumptions about the subject, and this effect is intensified when the person is a complete stranger.”

The PDA’s annual search to find the region’s most talented young artists has been sponsored by St John Street Gallery, Ashbourne, which is hosting a month-long exhibition for the winners, including preview evening, and contributing £350 prize money. The winner will receive £200 in cash, with second and third places receiving £100 and £50 respectively.

Turners Art Supplies is providing artist equipment prizes for the winners and artsbeat editor Amanda Penman will also be providing marketing workshops.

Speaking of the competition, 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.”