Buxton Spa Prize winner announced

The winner of the prestigious 2017 Buxton Spa Prize was Barnsley artist David Walker Barker with Blossom Along Lightwood Road.

David, who come second in the competition last year with What is Over Under Will Show, says he has a great love of Derbyshire and spends a lot his time crossings the border with South Yorkshire to capture the landscape and that Buxton is one of his favourite areas.

This year the competition has attracted 140 artists all vying to win the £5,000 main prize and they have were tasked with capturing the historic spa town en plein air. Each of them was allotted a specific spot by lottery.

The resulting exhibition of their work can be seen at the Green Man Gallery, Hardwick Square South, Buxton from July 1-31.

The organisers of the prize are Neil Scowcroft, Emma Potter, Liz Mackenzie and Rob Wilson, who is a previous winner of the prize.

The event is sponsored by The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust, The Riley Trust, No 6 The Square Tearooms and Accommodation, The University of Derby Buxton, Vision Buxton, Thornbridge Brewery and Peak District Artisans.

Prize founder Trevor Osborne said:  “I am delighted that in only four years the Buxton Spa Prize has become a leading en plein air arts event. I am proud of what has been achieved in this beautiful town in the High Peak – it is becoming an arts beacon in the hills.”