Review: First Look – The 34th Derbyshire Open Competition 2016

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One of the largest open art competition’s in the East Midlands launched this week, kicking off with an award ceremony presenting prizes and trophies to the cream of the crop from entries.

Charlie Collins

The competition which attracts both amateur and professional artists of all ages, attracted 309 entries of which 105 were selected as finalists to display at the exhibition.

Leri Kinder

This year once again is a mixed bag featuring some truly impressive works, mainly contemporary and modern in style. Immediately obvious is the connection to the local area (a trend almost every year) seen across a number of entries, featuring both Buxton and the Peak District. Upon walking into the foyer of the museum where the exhibition begins, the Fresian cows immediately caught our eye.


We were greeted by a collection of ceramic grubs as we entered Gallery 2 and but then the bright pink painting caught our eye which looked suspiciously like the plants and flowers in the conservatory in the Pavilion Gardens. The neon green man is a superb entry, with a slightly Pop Art feel. An iconic Derbyshire scene featuring mill stones brilliantly captures winter with its snowy silhouettes.



The children’s collection, displayed on the first floor landing features a really high standard of entries – we particularly liked the bright colours of Wandering Cow.



To find out more about the exhibition and a run down of the winners, visit the museum’s latest blog post at The museum also runs a busy programme of events for all ages with a number of children’s activities, particularly during the summer holidays. Visit their website to find out more.