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Sue’s paintings lead to her being picked out for prize

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 27, 2014

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AN artist who created the town’s tourist map, which adorns information boards around Ashbourne, has been awarded a prestigious prize for one of her ‘bonad’ paintings.

Sue Prince, a folk artist from Ilam, was one of 50 artists chosen from hundreds of entrants to receivethe Serco Prize for Illustration 2014.

Mrs Prince, who also runs a family organic dairy farm, scooped prize for an illustration exhibition at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.

This year the theme is London Stories and she entered a picture of the Jubliee Pageant on the Thames in 2012.

Mrs Prince’s bonad paintings employ an ancient Swedish technique of which uses egg tempera to create pictures which tell stories.

Her painting of the pageant captures the atmosphere, the crowds and even the rain and impressed judges.

A spokesman for the competition explained: “Across the ages, London has produced and inspired countless stories.

“Fictitious or real characters and events in this amazing city have always held fascination, from the anecdotal urban myth to grand tales of historic legend.

“The aim of the competition is to attract artwork for display that is colourful, inspiring and celebrates a vibrant, multi layered London.”

Mrs Prince and her husband Terry will be travelling to London for the private view and awards presentation and the launch of ‘London Stories’ on Wednesday, February 12.

She said: “I am so excited. I already feel as if I have won.

Just to have a piece chosen and displayed in this prestigious exhibition in London, is an incredible honour, I am delighted.”

Winners will be picked and the first prize winner will have their image displayed on a London Transport Museum poster as well as a cash prize.

There is also the possibility that shortlisted images will be featured on merchandise sold in the museum shop.

Mrs Prince, a member of Peak District Artisans, recently won both the Grand Prix for Naive Work and the Purchase Award in the 16th Biennial of Naïve Art in Serbia.

The next chance to see her folk art in her new collection entitled ‘The World that Hands Built’, a solo exhibition at the Museum of Cannock Chase, on Monday, March 10 until Sunday, April 27.

She and three fellow Peak District Artisans are putting on a Derbyshire Open Arts exhibition at The Haybarn at Beechenhill Farm in Ilam on May 24, 25, and 26.

To find out more about her work, visit www.sueprinceartist.co.uk

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