More than 100 artists entered the The Buxton Spa Prize 2015 and have been painting the town en plein air for the past two months.
Residents and visitors to the town have been delighted and intrigued to see the artists dotted around the streets with their paints and easels.
Among them was Alison Stafford who appeared in the BBC’s Big Painting Challenge competition this year.
The prize, which was successfully launched in 2014, aims to raise the profile of artists and their work and further enhance Buxton’s national reputation as a centre for arts and culture.
Inspired by similar competitions in Bath and Bristol, The Buxton Spa Prize has a Children’s Prize for the under 11s, The Buxton Spa Teen Prize for 11-17-year-olds, The Buxton Spa Young Persons Prize for those aged between 18 and 25 and an open category with a first prize of £5,000 from the Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust.
The Harold Riley Sketchbook Prize, which generated great interest in 2014, will be repeated this year with a prize of £2,000.
The Spa Prize judges include Harold Riley, the renowned Salford artist, leading UK ‘en plein air’ artists Ken Howard and Pete ‘The Street ‘ Brown and Chairman of Visit England, Penelope, Viscountess Cobham.
The winners will be announced at a special event at the Green Man Gallery on July 16.
Artists work will be showcased in an exhibition at The Green Man Gallery in the town from July 17 until August 31 which will also provide artists with the opportunity to sell their work.
The first, second and third prizes for Young Artists are five night breaks for the artist and a guest at Porthleven in Cornwall.
The winning artists will be able to use the excellent facilities at the stunning lifeboat art studio. Young Artists will also be entered into the Open competition with a chance to win the £5,000 prize.
Sponsors include the Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust, Riley Archive, Buxton and Leek College, the University of Derby and Vision Buxton.
For more details go to http://www.buxtonspaprize.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org