Peak District Artisans announce their first ‘Young Emerging Artisan’ Award

Peak District Artisans are excited and proud to announce the winner of our new ‘Young Emerging Artisan’ initiative.

Rebecca Perry a young and talented ceramicist from Chesterfield impressed the selection panel with her stunning work and determination to succeed in the competitive world of the creative industries. She graduated a year ago from Stafford University and currently has a studio in Sheffield.


Rebecca recieves a year’s free membership to the Peak District Artisans, plus a cash prize of £150 and an exhibition at St John Street Gallery in Ashbourne.

This award has been made possible with the generosity of The Trevor Osborne Foundation, St. John’s Street Gallery and Peak District Artisans. Rebecca will be awarded her cash prize by Trevor Osborne at Chatsworth Stables where she will be showing her work with Peak District Artisans for the first time from 11th January to 28th February 2020.

Statement from Chair of Peak District Artisans: Ian Daisley
“I am delighted that Rebecca has been chosen as our first winner for this award. Her work is beautifully produced and sits perfectly with the high standards set by Peak District Artisans member’s. I am looking forward to seeing her exhibit at our upcoming art & design fairs in 2020, and our visitors will no doubt welcome this talented addition.”


Thank you for interest in the PDA Emerging Artist Award.  Entries are now closed

Thank you for your interest in the inaugural PDA Emerging Artist Award in association with the Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust and St John Street Gallery, Ashbourne.

The aim of the award is to encourage and support a young emerging artist or maker at the start of their career.  This will be done by inviting a selected person to become a member of the professional and established group, Peak District Artisans (PDA).    PDA, and its members, already enjoy regional and national success and recognition. Expertise and opportunities will be provided with the intention that after 3 years the artist/maker will be able to fund their membership of the group independently, thus setting them on the path to work as a professional artist.

In particular, PDA will provide:

  • Membership of Peak District Artisans for 3 years with subscriptions subsidised on a diminishing scale;
  • Support, mentoring and advice from experienced artists and makers;
  • Guaranteed exhibition and retail opportunities in key Peak District venues;
  • An exhibition at St John Street Gallery in Ashbourne;
  • Inclusion on the PDA website and in the annual brochure (region wide distribution);
  • Access to advice on exhibiting/pricing/online marketing/photography etc.;
  • Access to the PDA online forum.


Who can apply?

The criteria for application is:

  • You must currently be producing high quality work in either 2D or 3D (sorry, no film, video or installation work);
  • You must be aged between 21 and 30 at 1st November 2019;
  • You can supply evidence of your intention to work as a professional artist/maker;
  • You have a body of work to show to the selection committee;
  • You can attend an interview (in Bakewell) in early October 2019;
  • You live and work within the Peak District tourism area as defined by Visit Peak District Tourism area map (click here to view map).