BUXTON SPA PRIZE 2017: Celebrate town's culture, beauty and heritage - for chance to win £5,000

This work by Sandra Orme was the winner of the 2016 Buxton Spa Prize.
This work by Sandra Orme was the winner of the 2016 Buxton Spa Prize.

An open art competition celebrating Buxton's culture, natural beauty and heritage is now open for entries.

The Buxton Spa Prize is aimed at making the spa town an internationally-recognised centre for visual arts.

Now in its fourth year, the competition attracted more than 150 artists in 2016.

It is open to artists working in any 2D media (except photography) who are over the age of 17. Entrants will be asked to draw one of 40 locations, chosen at random. The winner will receive a grand prize of £5,000.

People can enter online, via a paper-based application form or in person at the contest's Buxton office from May 5.

​Younger artists can enter the children's (for under-12s) and teen categories (for ages 12-17), the theme of which is 'What I love about Buxton'.

The Buxton Spa Prize is also the home of The Harold Riley ​Sketchbook Prize. This prize is an open competition for artists submitting a single sketchbook completed during the last year.

Winners will be judged by a panel of experts from the town and the art world.

Entry to The Buxton Spa Prize closes at 2pm on Sunday May 15, and all artwork must be submitted by June 25.

An exhibition, including a sale of work, will run from Saturday July 1 until Monday July 31 at The Green Man Gallery.

For more information, visit www.buxtonspaprize.co.uk/8203the-buxton-spa-prize-2017.html.