Last chance for budding artists

Time is running out for budding artists to submit their entries to the Peak District Artisans’ Young Artist of the Year 2011 competition.

The competition, open to art students aged between 16 and 19 in and around the Peak District, 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.

“We have already had a fantastic response to the competition,” said Chris Farrow, the founder of the competition and chairman of PDA. “We are expecting the standard to be extremely high and are very excited about seeing the final entries.”

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 District’s 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 Peak District Artisans.

The deadline for entries is 6pm on Friday, May 20. The shortlist will be announced on May 27.

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

Peak District Artisans (formerly known as Peak District Products) is an association of professional fine artists, designer-makers, artisans and fine food producers based in and around the Peak District.

The aim of the group is to promote individual creative businesses through various channels including an annual brochure, joint exhibitions and on-line activity. The group provides a supportive network of contacts and information for established and developing professional practitioners within the Peak District and surrounding areas.

PDA is co-operative run and funded by members. In 2006, the Earl of Burlington became the group’s new president.