Artists are being encouraged to `be inspired and create’ as the Derbyshire Open Art competition relaunches after a two-year break due to the pandemic.

The Derbyshire Open Art Competition and Exhibition is run by Derbyshire County Council’s Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and is open to professional and amateur artists of all ages.

Artists are being asked to use Derbyshire as their inspiration and ask themselves what the county means to them, and work could be anything from a Derbyshire landscape, town or streetscape to local people, still life or representations of local stories.

Most mediums are accepted in the competition including oils, acrylics, watercolours, drawing, print, collage, manipulated digital imagery and three-dimensional work.

Up to two works can be submitted per artist and must have been completed after 2017, with competition organisers asking for work to be handed in between 10.30am and 4pm on Friday 10 June and Saturday 11 June, at the museum on Terrace Road, Buxton.

An independent panel of four judges will select the works to be exhibited at the museum and art gallery, with the exhibition running from Saturday 25 June to Friday 2 September.

There are prizes and 10 commendations to be won, with all winners selected by the judges except one which is chosen by exhibition visitors. First prize wins the Derbyshire Trophy and a cash prize of £750, as well as the honour of the work being acquired for the museum’s art collection. Prize winners will be announced at a preview on Saturday 25 June at 2pm.

Visitors to the museum and art gallery who are there during the exhibition can post their nomination for their favourite piece of work in a clearly marked box at the venue, and the Visitors’ Choice prize winner will be announced on the museum’s website and social media on 5 August.

Derbyshire County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture, Tourism and Climate Change Councillor Barry Lewis said: “I’m delighted to see the return of the Derbyshire Open Art Competition and Exhibition after its two year pause due to the pandemic.

“It’s a real opportunity for artists to have their work seen by a wide audience and it is a wonderful way of celebrating all that is great about our county.

“The exhibition runs during the height of the tourist season, through the Buxton Festival and summer holidays and people visiting will get the chance to see the works for free and also to vote for the Visitors’ Choice winner.”

Competition details including the rules, prizes and the entry form are available at

People unable to access a computer at home can visit any Derbyshire County Council library where they can access the link on the public computers.

For further information contact Buxton Museum and Art Gallery on 01629 533540 or via email at To find out more about the art gallery and museum go to

The Derbyshire Open Exhibition opens to the public on Saturday 25th June and runs until Friday 2nd September and will feature the judges’ selection, including the winning pieces. Admission is free, however a donation to the museum is welcomed.