Judges for 2020
Mrs Louise Potter DL FRSA Hon M Univ
Louise has sponsored and judged the Buxton Spa Prize for the last 5 years. She ran The Old Hall Hotel, Buxton for 25 years. And completed her General Catering Diploma at High Peak College, Buxton and worked with Grand Metropolitan Hotels in London. She was a Governor at High Peak College when it merged with the University of Derby.
In 2001 she opened No.6 The Square Tearooms Buxton. 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 The University awarded Louise with an Honorary Masters degree in 2004 (Hon M Univ).
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. Louise has 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren and lives in Buxton.
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.
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.
Ros 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.
We are pleased to welcome back the Buxton Spa Prize 2019 winner, Simon Roderick.
A 'Sculptor turned painter and printmaker. Lover of plein air and the life room', Simon won last year's competition with his painting 'From the Slopes' and kindly returned last Autumn to judge our plein air event 'Come Rain or Shine!'
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.
Adebanji Alade took part in the very first Buxton Spa Prize competition in 2014 in which he won the Sketchbook prize. Already a successful artist before then, he has gone on to be much in demand as an artist and teacher with a mission to ‘inspire, motivate and entertain’.
In 2015 Adbanji joined the BBC as the Artist in Residence for The One Show and in 2018 he was elected Vice President of The Royal Institute of Oil Painters. His first book ADDICTIVE SKETCHER was released in January this year.