Buxton Spa Prize: £5,000 on offer to artists

The Buxton Spa Prize will again attract and encourage artists of all ages and abilities to paint the town in the open air (en plein air) during May and June 2016.

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.

More than 100 artists entered the prize last year, double the number from the first year of the competition. The 2015 winning painting by Whaley Bridge artist Rob Wilson is pictured above.

Inspired by similar competitions in Bath and Bristol, The Buxton Spa Prize has an open category with a first prize of £5,000 from the Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust and second and third cash prizes. The Sketchbook Prize which has generated great interest in the past two years, will be repeated this year with a cash prize of £2,000.

There is also a Children’s Prize and the Buxton Spa Teen Prize for 11-17-year-olds.

The prize judges include  renowned Salford artist Harold Riley, leading UK ‘en plein air’ artists Ken Howard, and Pete ‘The Street’ Brown and chairman of Visit England, Penelope, Viscountess Cobham as well as artsbeat’s publishing editor Amanda Penman.

Artists can register to enter online from April 1 until May 15. They then need to visit Buxton from May 6-15 to draw one of 40 Buxton locations by ballot and have their board or canvas stamped.

The deadline for submissions is 24 June.  A selection of entries will be showcased in an exhibition at The Green Man Gallery in Buxton from July 1 until August 14.

For further details on The Buxton Spa Prize or how support the competition and exhibition please visit http://www.buxtonspaprize.co.uk or email info@buxtonspaprize.co.uk

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