Vickers Fine Art Award has been launched

The Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award, one of the largest art awards in the country, has been launched by Foundation Derbyshire.

The biennial award brings a rising artist to Derbyshire to produce work inspired by the county’s landscape, heritage and people.

The continuing theme of the award is ‘Sense of Place’, inspired by the people, landscape and heritage of Derbyshire.  For the seventh Award there will be a particular focus on ‘The Changing Faces of Derbyshire’.

The award is open to emerging painters from across the UK with the successful artist receiving a nine month residency,  a bursary of £18,000, a studio, a contribution to the cost of materials and on-going support and mentoring from the University of Derby’s College of  Arts.   It is fast becoming one of the most coveted,  prestigious and nationally recognised art awards in the UK.

During the nine month residency the artist will focus on producing new work for public exhibition in Derby Museum and Art Gallery and other spaces across Derbyshire.

The artist will also contribute five days of teaching in the University of Derby’s College of Art, enabling art students to gain valuable insight from the experience and practices of a working artist.

The artist will also facilitate a programme of educational workshops in the community, supported by funding from Rolls-Royce plc.

Previous winners of the award have included Kerri Pratt, whose work is pictured above, (2014/15), Bartholomew Beal  (2012/13), Natalie Dowse (2007/08),  Helena Ben Zenou (2005/06),  Kerry Harker (2003/04) and Lewis Noble (2001/2).

Kerri, who is now working full time as an artist, said of her time as holder of the award:  “The Award, and the support I received from Foundation Derbyshire’s team gave me the security and freedom to experiment and to explore what I want to do as an artist.  It was a rare privilege and one I will never forget.”

Rachael Grime, chief executive of Foundation Derbyshire said: “The award continues to attract more artists each time it is launched.  The community engagement is an important element of the residency and the interview will establish that we have the right person, as well as a talented artist, to act as an ambassador for the Award and Foundation Derbyshire.”

The closing date for applications for the award is March 31 2016.  The cost of application is £25 which includes submission of up to 6 paintings.  Interviews will be held on June 8 2016.

The nine month residency runs from October 1 2016 to  June 30 2017.  The final exhibition will be held at Derby Museum and Art Gallery from  September 15 to November 19 2017.

The artist will be required to be available for the launch of the exhibition and there will be an expectation that they will also be available for a number of events during this period.

To apply and for more information,  visit: