The Ferrers Gallery, which is at the Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts at Staunton Harold, is dedicated to showcasing unique, handmade and high quality crafts by both leading and emerging British artists and makers.
Displayed over three floors in a stunning grade II listed building that was once a granary, the gallery hosts a programme of regularly changing exhibitions. The next, Great British Wildlife, starts today and runs until November 24.
In this exhibition the gallery is proud to be displaying a menagerie of creatures recorded by incredible craftsmanship from artists across the UK. Deer and foxes are captured with meticulous embroidery whilst songbirds are brought to life in entrancing paper sculpture.
There are also dynamic natural dioramas rendered in wirework and adorned with semi-precious stones alongside garden birds hand-painted on stylish ceramic wall-hangings; hares and hedgehogs cut from glass; birds of prey on the wing in beautiful bronzework and full-colour drawings of wily squirrels and noble stags hung beside distinctive prints of collaged animal caricatures.
Ferrers Gallery is open 11-5pm Tuesday – Sunday (Closed Mondays except bank holidays). For more details go to http://www.ferrersgallery.co.uk.
And the great news is award-winning business woman Rachael Chambers who has been running the gallery since 2002, would like to offer artsbeat readers the chance to win a £50 gift voucher.
All you have to do to win is email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and telephone number and tell us in which village you can find Ferrers Gallery. Alternatively you can post your answer to 19 Nottingham Road, Belper, DE56 1JG. The closing date is September 30.
The Ferrers Centre is believed to house one of the largest concentrations of working craftspeople in the UK.
Within the splendid courtyard building, which was built as stabling for the fifth Earl Ferrers between 1760 and 1780, there are 16 workshops producing a wide range of contemporary British craftsmanship. Among them are a sculptor, a blacksmith, a textile artist, painters, an artisan baker, an upholsterer and even a hairdresser.
At the centre, which stands next to Staunton Harold Hall and close to the reservoir, you can also find Ferrers Gallery, which showcases work by many British artists and a fabulous tearooms.
There are often special events staged in the charming courtyard area.
The Blunt family bought the stables in 1955, empty and dilapidated. They repaired the structure and cleared the rubbish, but it took almost 20 years for them to find a viable use for it.
In 1974 the first potter moved in and the centre has developed steadily since.
“These are workshops where things are made and repaired; we have not allowed the complex to drift down the retail route, and in this way we remain unique,” says John Blunt.
For more information about the centre go to http://www.ferrerscentre.co.uk