Hundreds of artists from across Derbyshire and surrounding counties have again submitted work for the Derbyshire Open Art Exhibition at Buxton Museum & Art Gallery, now in its 36th year.
The exhibition was opened on Friday 22nd June by Councillor Barry Lewis Leader of Derbyshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism, when prizes were awarded to winners in the children’s and adult categories.
“The standard of entries this year have been extremely high and in fact the judges said it had been one of the most difficult to judge”.
This year 252 entries have been received of which 110 entries were selected. The exhibition includes 31 entries from young people under 21 years. This selection and the choices for the prizes was made by four judges: Lucy Bamford, Senior Curator of Fine Arts at Derby Museums; Peter Oates, Head of Arts at St.Thomas More School, Buxton; Seiko Kinoshita, Artist and Hilary Armitage, member of The Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.
The judges complimented Derbyshire County Council for its continued commitment to visual art. They appreciated that entry to the competition remains free, alongside free admission to the museum. They thanked everyone who submitted work – whether accepted or not, because, as they said, without all of the entries, there is no show. The standard was high with pictures and sculptures capturing the broad horizons and distinctive landscapes of the county, and the vibrancy and spirit of Derbyshire.
Derbyshire County Council is pleased to continue as the principle sponsor of the exhibition alongside Tarmac and the Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.
Councillor Barry Lewis, Leader of Derbyshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism acknowledged the artists’ commitment to this exhibition which he said “is demonstrated by the continuing high standard, and by the artists submitting work year after year, for selection.”
He said “This demonstrates our joint commitment to the visual arts in the county, whether it is providing people with employment and income or an opportunity to improve social and creative skills.”
Pete Butterworth, General Manager for Stone and Powders of Tarmac, said: “We are delighted to sponsor the Derbyshire Open Art Competition for another year, encouraging artists of all ages and both amateur and professional to come forward with their work.” He was looking to hearing who the winners are and to seeing an array of artistic works on display at the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.
Vote for your favourite for the Visitors Choice Award
Voting for the Visitors Choice Award is now open and visitors to the exhibition can vote for their favourite; just complete a slip with the number you wish to vote for and place the slip in the silver box – located within the exhibition gallery. The winner will be announced in August.
The Derbyshire Open Art Exhibition will run from 23rd June until 31st August. Admission is free. Many works are for sale.
Visitors to the museum can also explore Wonders of the Peak gallery – which tells the story of the Peak District landscape from 360 million years ago to the present day. Also look out for Collections and Curiosities, celebrating the museum’s 125th birthday (opening 6th July), a chance to see the amazing artworks in collections from the vaults – works by Brangwyn, Algernon Newton, Chahine and Chagall and even Matisse. Who imagined that Buxton Museum had such treasures?!
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