Charlie Collins is Mandy’s youngest daughter and at just 16, had already won two major art awards in her home county of Derbyshire, as well as organising a public exhibition encompassing the work of several young artists – more on that further below.
Now 18 and completing A-levels, she intends to pursue a career in art. Become a Patreon of Charlie’s for exclusive content.
More recently, you may have seen her on Sky Arts television channel – Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2017.
The Derbyshire Open Art Exhibition – The Munro Trophy:
Charlie won the Munro Trophy (2015) – a special category within The Derbyshire Open Art exhibition, held at the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery. Open to both professional and amateur artists of all age, works selected from submissions for the final exhibition are judged by a panel of independent judges, with the top winning artwork often acquired for the Museum collection.
Charlie’s watercolour entitled “Matlock Steps” won the Munro Trophy – a category for young artists under 22 years of age. She kept the engraved Munro Trophy for 12 months plus winning art supply vouchers.
Read more about the The Derbyshire Open Art Exhibition here.
The Buxton Spa Prize:
Charlie won the Buxton Spa Teen Prize (2015), for her drawing of the Pavilion Gardens looking towards the Buxton Opera House.
The Buxton Spa Prize is an open art competition aimed at celebrating Buxton’s culture, beauty and rich heritage. With over 50 artists entering the inaugural competition in 2014, The Buxton Spa Prize is now firmly established on the art world’s map.
The individual winners were selected by a panel of experts from the art world and Buxton itself. The annual competition & exhibition includes sale of work and is currently held at The Green Man Gallery – Hardwick Hall, Hardwick Square South, Buxton, SK17 6PY.
Read more about the Buxton Spa Prize here.
The I Am Collective:
Charlie was also instrumental in setting up a ground-breaking new art project for teens in Buxton, which was hosted by the Green Man Gallery in Buxton in October 2015.
The ‘I Am Collective’ was a series of works by young artists – friends of Charlie’s. Aged between 14 and 17, these 8 young artists produced “an intriguing and inspiring show” with each artist in the collective working on a unique focus over the Summer, which formed part of a whole narrative.
After enquiring whether there were any youth art projects running in Buxton during the Summer Holidays, only to find there were none. Charlie decided, after a chance comment by her Mum – Mandy, to spearhead her own. The result is the ‘I Am Collective’.