Each year we invite artists, both professional and amateur, to capture aspects of life and landscape in Derbyshire, illustrating why Derbyshire is special to them.

20 Derbyshire Trophy Derbyshire Moors by Harry McArdle
The Derbyshire Trophy 2016 Derbyshire Moors by Harry McArdle

This year the judges looked at 309 entries, and selected 105, including 29 works from young people aged 21 and under.

87 Young Artist Award River Garden Girl by Charlie Collins
The Derbyshire County Council Young Artist Award River Garden Girl by Charlie Collins

The selection was made by Tracey Barlow, Artist; Louise Dunning, Curator of Fine and Decorative Art at Nottingham City Museums and Galleries; Mark Suggitt, Director, Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and Dawn Kent, Artist and a member of the Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

They were pleased that artists entered work to a really high standard, showing Derbyshire in many different ways. You will see dramatic landscapes and intimate depictions of everyday lives. There is great energy in some works and calming reflection in others.

127 Friends Trophy Eyam Hall by Leri Kinder
The Friends Trophy Eyam Hall – Detail by Leri Kinder

Derbyshire County Council is grateful to Tarmac and the Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery for their continued sponsorship of this competition. With their support, we continue to encourage artists and provide an exhibition celebrating both creativity and talent.

The five Derbyshire County Council Awards are The Penitent by Julia Kiely, Winter Landscape near Hartington by Helen Cunliffe, Winter Quarters by Roger Allen, Builder’s Yard, Belper by Kathryn Morton, and Water Over Rocks, Padley Gorge by David Clark.

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You can see the exhibition for yourself until Friday 2 September. Plan your visit here.