Call goes out to budding artists

Chris Farrow from Peak District Artisans
Chris Farrow from Peak District Artisans

The search to find some of the region’s talented young artists is now under way with the launch of Peak District Artisans’ Young Artist of the Year 2011.

The competition, open to art students aged between 16 and 19 in and around the Peak District area, aims to identify and give recognition to local art students with outstanding talent. There are no restrictions on technique, materials

or style. The work can be 2D or 3D but it must be effectively reproduced in 2D printed form if required.

“The launch of the 2011 Young Artist Competition coincides with our 20th anniversary,” said Chris Farrow, the founder of the competition and Chair of PDA.

“We wanted to mark our anniversary by involving the local younger artist community. As a group, we understand how challenging it can be for young artists starting out in the field and we want to support these people who are serious about art. We’re looking for budding artists that can demonstrate their unique insight and creative vision as well as skills with materials,” Chris added.

Shortlisted candidates will be selected and given the chance to compete in the final. These entries will be judged by a panel of members of the group who will select the winners.

The overall winner will receive £200 in cash, with second and third places receiving £100 and £50 respectively. All three will have the opportunity to exhibit their work alongside some of the Peak Districts’ finest artisans at the award winning annual Great Dome Art Fair to be held in Buxton on July 23 and 24.

The fair is a well-known and well-attended event in the region’s art calendar organised by the Peak District Artisans.

The deadline for entries is 6pm on Friday, May 20. The shortlist will be announced on May 2. The shortlisted candidates must have their original piece delivered to PDA by June 4 for the final judging stage. More information and details on how to enter is available on the website or by contacting