New exhibition at The Rook in Hartington

In what was once a pottery at Hartington there is now a thriving cafe, gallery and shop.

When the pottery owners decided to semi retire young entrepreneurs Jess and Jonathan, took over the building and transformed its interior – they now have big plans to turn it into a major art and craft hub for the Peak District.

As well as being artists themselves they also serve home-cooked food throughout the day and in the large space behind the cafe they are displaying original artwork by other local artists.

This Saturday (October 27) sees the launch of a new free exhibition featuring the work of several artists including Sheila Cunningham (Mixed), Margaret Waller (watercolour), Jenny Gaywood (Mixed), David Allard , Angela Oswald (Textile/Art), Lisa Burdett (photography), Maureen Howard , Kathy MacMillan, Kath Bancroft, Linda Evans, Tony Player (Watercolour), Les Fowler (Pastels), Ruth Downing (Photography) and Alan Wallace.

The exhibition, which has been curated by Alan Wallace, of Art View and Hartington Picture Frames, will run until November 8 from 10am until 4.30pm. The gallery, which is in Mill Lane close to the centre of the village is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm and is closed on Tuesdays. Alan  will be at the event on Saturday and on Sunday November 9 to take bookings from any artists interested in taking space at the gallery in the lead up to Christmas.

When there is not a major exhibition on there is a ping-pong table in the building as well as a kids corner and free wifi. For anyone interested in just the food Jess and Jonathan also do takeaway food on Wednesday and Saturday nights. The Rook and other artists share a website set up by Alan which you can find at The cafe has a sample menu on its page and the food certainly sounds good.