Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award

A biennial award bringing a rising artist to Derbyshire to produce work inspired by the county’s landscape, heritage and people.

About the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award

The Award was established by Foundation Derbyshire in 1998 with the help of a legacy from the estate of the late Jonathan Vickers, a lifelong lover of fine arts.

The award is open to emerging painters from across the UK with the successful artist receiving a bursary of £18,000, a studio, a contribution to the cost of materials and a nine month period of support and mentoring.

Foundation Derbyshire aims to develop a collection of contemporary art produced by rising artists which will be nationally important and will enrich the cultural life of Derbyshire.

During the nine month residency, the artist produces a portfolio of new work for solo exhibitions at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery and at The Dome at the University of Derby Buxton campus.  The artist contributes five days of teaching at the University of Derby’s Faculty of Arts, Design and Technology and leads a series of educational workshops in the community, supported by funding from Rolls-Royce plc.   Collaboration with the University of Derby’s Faculty of Arts, Design and Technology has enabled art students to gain valuable insight from the experience and practices of a working artist.

Kerri Pratt is the winner of the sixth Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award, running in 2014/15.

How to apply

If you want to apply for the next Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award, applications will be open again early in 2016.

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The JVFAA resident Kerri Pratt

Our Treasure Houses

I am an East Midlands based fine artist, originating from and living in Derbyshire.  My approach to painting reflects my curiosity for architectural spaces, drawn towards unusual forms, patterns and hidden layers.  In particular I like to draw attention to subtleties of the apparently insignificant, things that are taken for granted, overlooked, mundane and banal.’ […]

Past JVFAA winners

Skimming the Surface

Installation views from the JVFAA Skimming the Surface exhibition at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, 2008      

Past JVFAA winners

Saint Mondays

“he is averse to regular hours,he never works on Monday. He never did, and he never will”(sic) “what time is it?asked the stranger, putting his head inside the window opening of a nailers shop.It’s just strucked one!” said the jocular Nailer, bringing his mirthful steel-faced hammer down upon the soft head of the inquiring stranger” […]