Sandra Orme wins The Buxton Spa Prize

The winner of The Buxton Spa Prize 2016 is Buxton artist Sandra Orme with a dramatic moody painting of the town’s famous Crescent encased in scaffolding.

There were almost 150 entries in the competition which has a £5,000 first prize and they 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.

The prize, now in its third year, aims to raise the profile of artists and their work and further enhance Buxton’s national reputation as a centre for arts and culture.

The second prize winner was David Barker  with What is Over Under Will Show and third was Rob Pointon with Sunlit Hall Bank. Highly commended  were Mark Langley with Scrivener’s View and Matthew Phinn with No. 6.

Sandra’s painting is entitled Rising Anew Upon the Stones of the Old.

The Harold Riley Sketchbook Prize which has a prize of £2,000 was won by Paul Weaver.

The Buxton Spa Prize has a Children’s Prize for the under 12s and the winner was Emily Potter, second was Alice Wilson and joint third were Ella Pow and Imogen Phillips.

The Buxton Spa Teen Prize for 12-17-year-olds was won by Anousa Parkin, second was Rachel Speed and third was Leah Plant.

The judges were property developer and main sponsor of the prize Trevor Osborne,  leading en plein air artist Pete ‘The Street” Brown, Derbyshire Museums manager Ros Westwood, Buxton business woman Louise Potter, the chair of the Peak District Artisans Ingrid Karlsson and artsbeat’s publishing editor Amanda Penman.

Artists work will be showcased in an exhibition at The Green Man Gallery in the town from July 1-August 14.

Sponsors include the Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust, Riley Archive, Buxton and Leek College, the University of Derby and Vision Buxton.