Buxton Spa Prize winners announced

The winner of the 2018 Buxton Spa Prize is London-based Andrew Horrod, who won third prize last year.

Andrew’s painting – Morning sunlight and shadows, Pavilion Gardens (pictured above) – was chosen from more than 130 entries to the competition which has a first prize of £5,000.

The second prize went to Buxton artist and Peak District Artisan Janet Mayled and third prize was was won by a previous winner of the competition Rob Wilson.

Highly commended were award to  Alex Kelly, Tracey Coverley and Jenny Aitken.

The £2,000 Harold Riley Sketchbook Prize was won by Tony Beresford with Brian Smith second and a highly commended for Carole Baker.

In the children’s section the winner of the teen prize was Emily Henshaw with Mayeul Coulson in second place and Milly Critchlow third.

The winner of the younger children’s prize was Beatrix Forrest with Lola Newsome second, Jude Newsome third and a highly commended prize for Harriet Palmer.

Prize founder Trevor Osborne, of the Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust and developer of the Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa, said:  “I am delighted 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.”

The artists taking part in the competition were tasked with capturing the historic spa town en plein air. Each of them was allotted a specific spot by lottery.

The judges, who spent yesterday looking at all the work and choosing the winners, were renowned en-plein air artists Ken Howard and Pete ‘The Street’ Brown, Trevor Osborne, Louise Potter, Ros Westwood from Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, artist and Peak District Artisan Ingrid Karllson and artsbeat editor Amanda Penman.

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

There is still a chance for someone else to win a prize as there is a People’s Choice award which is sponsored by Buxton couple Bill and Sheila Barratt. The top ten paintings chosen by pubic vote will be announced on July 27 so make sure you go to the exhibition to have your say.