Get your entries in for Buxton’s Spa Prize

20140713_122336If you were kicking yourself for missing out on last year’s inaugural Buxton Spa Prize it is time to get into gear for 2015.

The first en plein air competition staged in the beautiful spa town was such a triumph that it was inconceivable it wouldn’t take place this year.

The organising team is hoping to build on the successes of 2014 and attract even more entries, so it is no surprise that it is delighted to announce the generous £5,000 first prize is up for grabs again.

The aim is not only to celebrate the work of the artists and give them a forum to exhibit their work but also to promote Buxton as a centre for the visual arts and attract people to the town to watch the artists at work.

So even if you are not an artist you can still soak up the atmosphere of the event simply strolling around the town.

The winner in 2014 was Haidee-Jo Summers (above centre) with Walking Through the Buttercups. Second, and the winner of £2,500 was Keith Wilkinson (right) with Solomon’s Temple and third prize of £1,000 went to Rob Wilson (left) of Whaley Bridge.

Two paintings, by Jenny Aitken of Belper and Matthew Phinn were highly commended.

The winner of the Harold Riley Sketchbook Prize was Adebanji Alade with an amazingly detailed entry.

The children’s prize, based on a theme of What I Like About Buxton, was won by Amealia Wharmby, with Buxton Bottled; second was Anya Woods, with Victorian Postie and third Abbey Moorhouse with The Buxton Sheep Were Making a Baby.

The final details of this year’s event are still being drawn up and judges and details will be announced in the coming months.

You can register your interest at and be kept up-to-date with all the latest news.

The competition is forging a link with the Buxton Festival this year and the exhibition at the Green Man Gallery will be held from July 17 to August 31. The judging and awards ceremony will be on July 16.

A literary event involving last year’s judges Harold Riley and Ken Howard is also in the planning stages.

The competition is open for entries from April 1 to May 18 and the final submission for entries is July 5. It is possible dates may change at this early stage so do check the website.