Time to register for Buxton Spa Prize

Artists are being invited to enter the 2018 Buxton Spa Prize and capture the historic Spa town en plein air during May and June.

Registration for the prize, which was successfully launched in 2014, opens on April 1 and artists have until May 13 to get their name down.

The Open Category has a first prize of £5,000 from the Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust plus second and third cash prizes.

The renowned Harold Riley sketchbook prize will also be repeated, and has a prize of £2,000 from The Riley Trust.

You can read about the winner of the 2017 sketchbook prize on pages 9-11.

The Buxton Spa Prize also has a Children’s Prize for those under 12 and Teen Prize for those aged 12-17.

The event also has a popular People’s Choice category sponsored by Bill Barratt of Buxton and the Buxton Festival Choice which raises the profile of artists and the competition to the Buxton International Festival’s audience during July.

The prize judges include leading UK en plein air artist Pete ‘The Street’ Brown, Derbyshire Museums manager Ros Westwood, Peak District Artisan Ingrid Karlsson, prize sponsor Louise Potter and Amanda Penman editor of artsbeat magazine.

Once registered the artists are then required to visit Buxton from May 4-13 to draw their location by ballot and have their board or canvas stamped.

So even if you are not an artist you can join in by going to watch them in action.

Children and young people are encouraged to create a piece inspired by what they love about Buxton.

The deadline for all submissions is June 24.  A selection of work will be showcased in an exhibition at The Green Man Gallery in the town from July 1-31.

The organisers Neil M Scowcroft, Emma Potter, Liz Mackenzie and previous Spa Prize winners will be meeting artists at a social event at No6 Tearooms, The Square, Buxton on Saturday May 12 at 2pm.

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. Last year, over 150 paintings were exhibited at the Green Man Gallery and the unique Harold Riley Prize for sketch/work books rose to 35 entries making the prize the Artists’ Prize with a difference.

“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!”

The prize is sponsored by The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust, The Riley Trust, No 6 The Square Tearooms and Accommodation.

For further details on how to enter the competition,  go to buxtonspaprize.co.uk