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 Derbyshire Community Foundation 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.

Derbyshire Community Foundation 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.

Bartholomew Beal was the winner of the fifth Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award. Each of the Vickers artists donates some of the work

The JVFAA resident Bartholomew Beal

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” […]

Past JVFAA winners

Skimming the Surface

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