A DERBYSHIRE open-air art competition is returning for a second year.
The Buxton Spa Prize champions great art in Buxton and the Peak District.
Last year, 55 artists entered the competition, which saw their work exhibited in the Green Man Gallery in Buxton and was seen by hundreds of visitors.
The Buxton Spa Prize hopes to attract and encourage artists of all ages and abilities to paint the town in the open air – en plein air – during May and June.
The aim is to raise the profile of artists and their work and enhance Buxton's reputation as a centre for arts and culture.
The art prize was inspired by similar competitions in Bath and Bristol.
There are a number of categories and prizes. There is a children's prize, the 11-to-17-year-old Buxton Spa teen prize, the Buxton Spa young person's prize for those aged 18 to 25, and an open category, which has a first prize of £5,000 donated by the Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust, as well as second and third cash awards.
There is a sketchbook prize, which gained a lot of interest in 2014, and will be repeated this year with a prize of £2,000.
The prize judges include renowned Salford artist Harold Riley, leading UK en plein air artists Ken Howard and Pete "The Street" Brown, as well as the chairman of Visit England, Penelope Viscountess Cobham.
Artists can register to enter online from April 1 until May 18. Entrants will be required to visit Buxton between those dates to draw their location by ballot and have their board or canvas stamped.
The deadline for submissions is July 5 and all entries will be showcased in an exhibition at The Green Man Gallery in the town from July 17 until August 31. This will also provide artists with the opportunity to sell their work.
The organisers – Neil Scowcroft, Daniel Winter, Emma Potter and Liz Mackenzie – have invited local people to pick 40 outdoor locations across the town which will be painted and each entrant will be offered a location by ballot.
Children and young people are encouraged to create a piece inspired by what they love about Buxton and have the chance to win vouchers for art materials.
The prize is sponsored by Vision Buxton and No 6 The Square Tearooms.
For more details on how to enter the competition, visit the exhibition, buy art or support the prize please visit www.buxtonspaprize.co.uk or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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