One of the co-ordinating committee Suzanne Parnell said their aims were to offer a structured guide to what was happening in the arts community, promote the work of the town’s artists and pursue the idea of providing studio and gallery space for creatives and to benefit the town’s community
They will be also be organising the art strand as part of the first annual Belper Arts Festival in May. Among the highlights will be an art exhibition, workshops and an art auction at the Lion Hotel in Belper on May 12.
The Belper Arts Collaborative will also be linking with Creative Derbyshire to stage roadshows in the town and linking with a similar arts collaborative in Belper’s twin town of Pawtucket, USA.
This week the group of artists have opened their first exhibition together at Studio 61 Gallery, at Holloway, which offered to showcase their work in as a special community exhibition before the gallery’s main exhibitions start in the spring.
The Belper group are using the exhibition opportunity given by the gallery’s owner, Karina Goodman, to officially launch the collaborative.
Follow the new group on twitter @belperarts and facebook and their website http://www.belperarts.org and get in touch if you are a Belper artist who would like to be involved in the collaborative.