Artist scoops top trophy

A Matlock artist took the top prize at this year’s Derbyshire Open Art Competition.

Harry McArdle scooped £750 and a trophy for his dramatic landscape painting of the Dark Peak, seeing off competition from more than 400 entries.

There were also winners from Wirksworth, Ashbourne and Belper.

This year 416 works were entered into the competition – 90 more than last year – making the competition tougher than ever.

And now 112 of the best works have gone on display to the public at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, on Terrace Road, until Friday, September 2. Admission is free and many artworks will be on sale.

The winners will pick up their awards at Buxton Museum on Friday, June 24.