Crescent portrait wins over Buxton Spa Prize judges

Sandra Orme with her winning Buxton Spa Prize entry.
Sandra Orme with her winning Buxton Spa Prize entry.

A Buxton-based artist has expressed her delight after being crowned the winner of the prestigious Buxton Spa Prize 2016.

Sandra Orme’s atmospheric portrait of Buxton’s Crescent, entitled ‘Rising Anew Upon The Stones Of The Old’, won over the panel of judges.

Rising Anew Upon the Stones of the Old - the winning Buxton Spa Prize entry by Sandra Orme.

Rising Anew Upon the Stones of the Old - the winning Buxton Spa Prize entry by Sandra Orme.

The Buxton Spa Prize was launched in 2014 to raise the profile of artists and their work and further enhance Buxton’s national reputation as a centre for arts and culture.

Over 100 artists from across the UK painted the town in the open air during May and June, and their work is on display at The Green Man Gallery until August 14.

Sandra, a member of Peak District Artisans, was thrilled to win the competition.

She said: “I enjoy the challenge of working from a subject matter that is very different from my usual choice. This year I was given The Crescent - which is currently under renovation.

“I focused on the rear of the building where the beautiful curve is evident - while partly clad in scaffolding. I was drawn to this contrast between old and new - but as I worked became more fascinated by the scaffolding itself and the shapes and patterns that emerge with the light and shadows it creates.”

David Barker claimed second prize with his entry ‘What is Over, Under Will Show’, while Rob Pointon was also a runner-up with ‘Sunlit Hall Bank’. The Harold Riley Sketchbook Prize, sponsored by the Harold Riley Trust, was awarded to Paul Weaver.

This year’s judges included leading UK ‘en plein air’ artist Pete ‘The Street’ Brown; Ingrid Karlsson, Chair of Peak District Artisans; competition sponsors Trevor Osborne and Louise Potter; and Artsbeat Magazine Editor Amanda Penman.

Mr Osborne, who also founded the competition, said: “The Buxton Spa Prize Team, judges and visitors to the exhibition are highly impressed with the quality of work this year.

“We are very grateful to the artists, our sponsors and everyone who supports this increasingly nationally-renowned competition and event.”

Anousa Parkin’s image of Solomon’s Temple won The Buxton Spa Teen Prize, ahead of Rachel Speed and Leah Plant with their entries ‘Pond Life’ and ‘The Old Hall Hotel’ respectively.

Emilly Potter’s entry entitled ‘Showtime’ claimed the children’s prize, with Alice Wilson’s portrait of Buxton Opera House in second place and entries by Ella Pow and Imogen Phillips claiming joint-third place.

Five Buxton Festival choice paintings, which were selected by the festival team, were: ‘Corbar Cross’ by Kathleen Kellett, ‘Scrivener’s Views’ by Mark Langley, ‘The Old Hall Hotel’ by Rebecca Morledge, ‘Ewe Here For The Buxton Baa Prize?’ by David Beatson and ‘Drawing On The History Of The Devonshire Dome’ by Rebecca Clitheroe.

For further details about the competition, visit