Devon’s Best Young Landscape Artist Competition 2022

The search begins for Devon’s Best Young Landscape Artist 2022

Young artists aged 18 and under can now compete for the title of Devon’s Best Young Landscape Artist 2022. We held the competition for the first time last year and were really impressed with the quality and quantity of entries from across the county.

Our charity is inviting budding young artists to showcase their creativity by capturing Devon’s unique and precious landscapes in the medium of their choice. There are two entry categories – one for teenagers (aged 12-18) and one for younger children (age 7-11) – with cash prizes for the winners.

Exeter-based landscape artist Kath Hadden will again join our Director Penny Mills to judge the entries. We are hoping to receive as many original pictures and paintings as we did in 2021, when the winners were Christopher Moore with his mixed-media seascape and Matilda Baker with her verdant Dartmoor scene.

Anything goes as far as the choice of landscape is concerned – as long as it’s in Devon. It could be a favourite beach or beauty spot, a local park or green space, somewhere visited on a day out or even the artist’s own garden.

Penny says, “Kath and I thoroughly enjoyed looking through all the artwork last year. Such a lot of effort had gone into the entries and there was some real talent. We had our work cut out judging so many fantastic paintings and drawings, each capturing a uniquely personal perspective of Devon’s coast and countryside. We’re really looking forward to seeing what this year will bring.”

The competition is simple to enter with cash prizes for each age category. £100 for the winner in each age category. £25 runner up prizes. To enter, simply post us your entry which must be A3 or A4 size, with your name, age and contact details on the back and post to us at Devon CPRE, PO Box 26, Beaworthy, EX21 5XN. (If you would like your painting returned, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope (for the right postage please! – We regret we cannot post everybody’s paintings back to them unless the postage is provided!). The deadline for entries is Friday, 30 September 2022.

Results 2021

We are delighted to announce the results of this year’s Devon’s Best Young Landscape Artist competition.

A painting by a 10 girl from Dartmoor depicting a vista of Meldon Hill and a mixed-media artwork by a 17 year old from Dawlish portraying a South Devon seascape have won first prize in the two age categories of Devon CPRE’s inaugural Best Young Landscape Artist Competition.

Matilda Baker and Christopher Moore have each won £100 and the prestigious title of ‘Devon’s Best Young Landscape Artist’ 2021.

Exeter-based landscape painter Kath Hadden brought her considerable expertise to the judging process after we rebranded our traditional painting competition for children this year and opened it up to under 18s. Kath helped us select the winning entries from an overwhelming number of submissions from right across the county in a variety of media. Matilda’s painting and Christopher’s work combining paint and collage both stood out because of their composition, originality and clever use of the chosen media.

However, it was a close-run thing and the judges awarded a number of Runner-Up Prizes and a cash prize of £25 each to four other young artists whose work caught their eye. In the younger age category (7-11), nine-year-old Martha Murrin, eleven-year-old Thomasin Manley Frost and ten-year-old Olive Martin were runners-up. In the older age category (12-18 years), the runner-up was sixteen-year-old Claudia Tam and there was a commendation for fourteen-year-old Rosie Brazendale-Sweet .

Commenting on the results, Kath Hadden said, “I thoroughly enjoyed looking through all the artwork. Such a lot of effort had gone into the entries so big congratulations to everyone who sent something in. The youngest category was particularly hard to judge as there were some very strong entries, which showed talent beyond their years. Matilda’s winning entry was a perfectly captured Devon scene, with great attention to detail. Congratulations, Matilda! Thomasin’s screen print of Exmouth beach showed a brilliant use of colour and composition, and Olive’s piece was a familiar scene to anyone who has explored this area of South Devon, beautifully painted in acrylics. Martha’s image of a tree-lined road didn’t have a specific location, but I was impressed by her composition and use of colour.

“In the older age group, Christopher winning piece showed a creative approach in the way he manipulated the paper to create a clever collage, referencing a local legend about The Parson and the Clerk, which I knew nothing about. Claudia’s mixed media piece was a feast for the eyes – there was so much to see in it and I thought it was a brave approach to a tricky composition. I also loved her personal story behind the picture. I thought Rosie’s Devon flag, depicting four small Dartmoor studies with a very limited palette, was highly effective. Congratulations and keep making, drawing and painting everyone!”

Devon CPRE Director Penny Mills added, “The number and variety of entries this year was just amazing. It’s wonderful to see the very personal take on Devon’s landscape and scenery that our young artists brought to their compositions. We’d like to thank all the young artists who entered our competition this year and congratulations to the winners. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve had different opportunities to reconnect with nature and the Great Outdoors and I think this renewed appreciation of the natural beauty that surrounds us in Devon shines through in all our winning entries. I’m already looking forward to next year!”

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