Matlock artist wins prize at Festival Fringe

Jack Halford

Jack Halford

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The work of a talented young artist from Matlock has received award-winning recognition at Buxton’s Festival Fringe.

Jack Halford was awarded third place with his work The Sound of the Waterfall in the Peak District Artisans’ Young Artist of the Year at the group’s annual Great Dome Art Fair.

Describing his entry, Jack said: “This work is making sense and creating some sort of resolution to moments in time when I was walking over a bridge in Matlock town.

“The sky reflects on the water on a sunny day and the colours of the leaves change in the autumn and fall in. Every season this view changes and it’s never the same.”

The competition, organised by Peak District Artisans, aims to identify and give recognition to art students aged 16-25, with outstanding talent.

PDA chairman Jane Cummins said: “Since launching in 2010, we have continuously gained more interest each year. The standard of entries was fantastic.

“As a group, we understand how challenging it can be for young artists starting out in this industry and we want to support these people who are serious about art.”

Among his prizes, Jack received art equipment from Turner’s Art Supplies as well as £50 cash from partner St John Street Gallery, Ashbourne, where his work will be exhibited alongside fellow finalists.

Established in 1991, PDA is a highly successful association of some of the best professional fine artists, designer makers and contemporary artisans based in and around the Peak District.