PDA offers emerging artist award

Are you a budding artist or  maker-designer looking for that big break? 

Here’s your chance to have your work exhibited with some of the best creatives in Derbyshire as the winner of Peak District Artisans’ Emerging Artist/Maker-Designer Award. 

The group is offering the winner the opportunity to show and sell their work in venues across the region including The Dome in Buxton, Chatsworth and St John Street Gallery in Ashbourne.

The award will include free membership of Peak District Artisans for the first year, with discounted membership for a further two years (worth a total of £500); a cash prize  of £150; mentoring and advice on exhibiting and selling; exhibition opportunities; inclusion in the Peak District Artisan brochure and promotion online.

Sue Prince, Chair of Peak District Artisans said: “We recognise that the wider Peak District has many gifted creative people, and we know how difficult it is to start off as a professional.  With this in mind we are excited about finding and supporting new talent.  

“The amount of knowledge and experience within Peak District Artisans is immeasurable and very generously shared among members.  We really look forward to fostering and encouraging a new member inspired by the Peak District.”

Peak District Artisans are working in partnership with The Trevor Osborne Trust and St John Street Gallery for this initiative. 

If you are interested in applying go to http://www.peakdistrictartisans.co.uk/emerging

Meanwhile the artisans’ Great Dome Art and Design Fair is returning to the Devonshire Dome in Buxton this summer, with a new visitor engagement opportunity.

Part of the Buxton Festival Fringe, which runs from July 3 to 24,  the fair will see more than 40 members of the group exhibiting their original artwork, handmade products and unique gifts. 

One of the exhibiting members is magazine-collage artist, Giles Davies from Derby who featured on BBC One’s Home Is Where The Art Is. 

Throughout the weekend, visitors are invited to watch live demonstrations of artists at work. For the first time this year, in a live participation feature, people will be able to contribute to a community folk art painting.

Sue, who specialises in creating and leading community folk art projects, explained: “We’re giving visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the creative atmosphere and capture the event. People will be invited to personalise and paint themselves onto a canvas using basic pre-prepared sketched outlines, they’ll also have the opportunity to add their names to the artwork.”  

This year’s event is sponsored by Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust. Speaking about the sponsorship, Trevor said: “The art on display not only adds to the town’s cultural reputation but it brings visitors and makes a positive contribution to the local economy.  Where art goes, people follow, and I am delighted to be a supporter of Peak District Artisans.”

There is a preview evening from 6.30pm-8.30pm on July 19 and the exhibtion is then on from 10am-5pm on July 20 and 21. Go to http://www.peakdistrictartisans.co.uk for more details.