Young artist takes on Vickers’ challenge

Artsbeat Magazine, Monday, 21st November 2016

The huge grin on Eleanor Watson’s face says it all. She just can’t hide her delight that she is about to move into a new studio at Banks Mill in Derby as the winner of the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award.

In 2012 and 2014 she was runner up in the award – but she didn’t let that quash her ambitions and remained determined to make it hers.

“It is such a privilege and I am so thrilled and excited. I just can’t wait to get started and to get to know Derbyshire better. It is going to be amazing to be able to spend so much time painting and developing a body of work for the county.”

For a woman who aims to paint every day it certainly is the perfect residency and it will be intriguing to see how she interprets the award brief of focusing on The Changing Face of Derbyshire.

The 26-year-old from Surrey is one of Britain’s most talented young artists and has already exhibited in London, Miami and New York.

She graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2012 with First Class honours, and it was winning the Hans Brinker Budget Trophy Award while a student that gave her confidence in herself…

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