Judges for this year's Buxton Spa Art Prize are:
Haidee-Jo Summers ROI RSMA
Haidee-Jo is a full-time professional artist known for painting landscapes and seascapes 'en plein air'. She was awarded Artist of the Year 2012 by the Society of All Artists and was the winner of the very first Buxton Spa Prize in 2014.
Haidee-Jo is a member of the Royal Institute of Oil painters (ROI) and the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA). She writes regularly for The Artist magazine and is proud to be one of their three editorial consultants, alongside Ken Howard RA and David Curtis ROI RSMA.
Haidee-Jo gained a degree in illustration following an art foundation course and graduated in 1994.
She has been exhibiting, teaching and writing ever since and her book ‘Vibrant Oils’ (published by Search Press), has been republished in Spanish, Italian, French and Chinese.
In recent years she has been invited to judge UK and international plein air events, after previously winning many prizes for her work which features fresh and vibrant brushwork coupled with keen drawing and observational skills.
Simon Roderick trained at Leicester in the 1980s, specialising in sculpture (clay modelling, direct plaster and bronze casting), then post graduate studies at Goldsmiths College.
Simon’s work is now mostly centred around painting and periodically etching. The life room and figure is a constant theme of his work, as is plein air painting. London and the Thames have always held a particular fascination.
More recently Simon has been experimenting with large-scale landscapes using acrylic inks, rather than oil. He is also working on a series of paintings that draws on experiences of visiting the theatre (although this of course has been curtailed a little over the last year).
Simon is about to start collaborating with Manchester Metropolitan University on an Art for Well-being initiative. This seeks to create opportunities for students from a wide variety of academic disciplines, giving then the tools and confidence to express themselves creatively and celebrate ideas and work in a chosen setting.
Louise Potter DL FRSA Hon. M. Univ.
Louise has sponsored and judged the Buxton Spa Prize for 7 years.
Louise completed her General Catering Diploma at High Peak College, Buxton and worked with Grand Metropolitan Hotels in London. She ran The Old Hall Hotel, Buxton for 25 years.
In 2001 she opened 6 The Square Tearooms Buxton.
Louise was a Governor at High Peak College when it merged with the University of Derby. The University awarded her with an Honorary Masters degree in 2004.
She won Midlands Business Woman of The Year in 2002. She is also a Deputy Lieutenant of Derbyshire and in nomination to be High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 2021.
Currently she is a Board Member of The Buxton International Festival. She Chaired The Friends of Buxton Festival Trust for 10 years and is now a member of The Trust, Vice Patron of Buxton Opera House, Treasurer of The Children’s Kinder Choir’s Trust and Patron of The Buxton Music Speech & Drama Festival.
She has 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren and lives in Buxton.
Ros Westwood MBE
Ros has been the Derbyshire Museums Manager for over 15 years and in 2018 was awarded the MBE for services to culture in the East Midlands.
She has worked across the heritage sector, offering help and support as a curatorial advisor for Buxton Crescent, Castleton Historical Society and Bakewell Old House Museum.
She is also a fellow of the Museums Association and has also led and developed regionally significant partnerships with more than 30 organisations, from the British Museum to the Buxton Civic Society.
Ingrid is known as a narrative artist telling stories through mixed media art, with subject matter inspired by memories, experiences, words, places and journeys.
Favoured techniques create rich, colourful, textures using mono printing on paper in crystalline watercolour, layering, machine stitching and the usage of words.
In 2017 Ingrid was invited to feature on BBC’s Country File as a narrative artist resident in the Peak District.
She has worked and lived in Derbyshire almost 20 years, an active and long standing member of Peak District Artisans.
Trevor Osborne is the founder and main sponsor of The Buxton Spa Art Prize. He is passionate about the arts and spent 9 years on the Board of Buxton International Festival. Trevor is heavily engaged in promoting the Town, The University of Derby and local organisations.
He is an expert in the field of buildings of architectural and historic interest and has most recently developed
the Buxton Crescent Hotel. In his home town of Bath, Trevor is Governor and Trustee of Bath Spa University and the Mozart Festival.