Six Streets artists open up their homes

imageFor the third Six Streets Arts Trail in Derby residents will be opening their homes and welcoming in friends, neighbours and visitors in a celebration of creativity.

This year there are more than 40 exhibitors at around 30 venues, including painters, photographers, jewellers, an instrument maker, sculptors, ceramicists, textile artists and printmakers.

All the activity takes place in the six streets just of Kedleston Road: Wheeldon Avenue, Bromley Street, Park Grove, Parkfields Drive, Statham Street and White Street.

As part of your visit you can also explore the unique Six Streets History Trail and enjoy home-made refreshments in one of the pop-up cafes along the route, which is open from 10am-5pm on June 27 and 28.

Among the artists exhibiting this year will be Scottish-born painter Paul Johnstone, who featured in artsbeat last October and is a Six Streets resident.

He is just back from exhibiting at the Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, London.

Kerri Pratt, the current winner of the prized Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award, who also featured in artsbeat last year, will be showing her new work inspired by the county’s landscape, heritage and people.

Beatrice Tailby Hardstaff is a young artist who has already twice exhibited in the Leicester Open and has her work published in magazines in Sweden and London.

She is currently deciding between university offers at Goldsmiths, Chelsea, Camberwell, Bristol and Kingston so she is definitely an artist to watch.

Also on the trail will be Stevie Davies who is currently exhibiting her glass in the Design Factory and the Emerge, Home Grown British Talent Show at the Ferrers Gallery, Staunton Harold.

You will also be able to meet Philippa and Nichola, two passionate makers who have created Little Tins of Loveliness – kits for you to make your own crafts.

The pair launched the tins last year at Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair at Hampton Court, and found the response brilliant. They were also one of the big hits of the Belper Open Houses event last year and are based at Banks Mill Studios in Derby where they also run workshops.

Trail Guides costs £4 per person, with under 16s free. See http://www.sixstreetsartstrail.com for more details.