Cromford bookshop reveals winners of lockdown art competition with plans for exhibition of entries

A Cromford bookshop has revealed the winners of an art competition intended to help creative customers beat the lockdown blues.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 5:24 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th March 2021, 5:28 pm

Scarthin Books, on the Promenade, was inundated with entries from around the country, after it put out an online challenge in early January asking people to create images of the shop.

After a tough judging process, staff chose winning entries from Rebecca Morledge and Vally Miller, nine-year-old Monty Ormond for the children’s prize, and many more for commendations.

Assistant manager Eve Booker said: “We launched the competition to give our customers a creative project during this lockdown; it can be very isolating and lonely to be so restricted and I am sure, like us, many struggled to get motivated at times, especially during the winter months.

The winning entry from Rebecca Morledge.

“The response has been incredible. Every day more and more beautiful artworks would come in, from three-year-olds to octogenarians and it has been so difficult to choose the winners.”

Scarthin staff now plan to frame and hang 28 of the entries on the shop walls as a long-term exhibition.

A selection will also be turned into a book which should be available this spring.

Eve said: “We really loved the idea of filling our stairwell walls with pictures of the bookshop created by our wonderful customers.

This painting by Vally Miller shared the top prize.

“We just didn’t expect to have such an impact and generate so much enjoyment for people.”

While the shop is on lockdown, customers can support it by ordering via

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Nine-year-old Monty Ormond won the children's prize.