When it comes to the creative and performing arts Derbyshire is overflowing with festivals throughout the year.
There are so many that a Festivity forum has been created to enable them to work together and details of them can be found in this month’s artsbeat magazine or at http://www.artsderbyshire.org.uk/festivals
This is also the month when the organisers of the September festivals put a call out for artists to take part in their trails.
Melbourne, New Mills and Wirksworth all have deadlines looming and so if you are an artist or maker then now is the time to get your applications together.
Belper Arts Festival, Student Art Fair May 2
Are you under 19-years-old and making art to sell? If so, would you like a free stall at the Belper Festival Arts Trail on May 2?
For more details contact the festival organiser George Gunby by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07845 400914.
Melbourne Festival Art and Architecture Trail, September 17-18
Melbourne Festival has launched the Call for Entries for Artists wishing to be selected to exhibit on the Art and Architecture Trail. The closing date for entries will be March 31.
The Festival highlights the talents of contemporary artists and makers working in a diverse range of materials based in the Midlands.
If your work is innovative, imaginative, original and engaging you can apply by emailing email@example.com.
In addition to the call for professional artists for the Art and Architecture Trail, Melbourne Festival has also launched a Call for Entries for their third Emerging Talent Award for Artists.
The Award is open to young artists from the East Midlands aged between 18 and 25 years, working, on two-dimensional work in any medium.
The winning entrant will receive a £500 bursary and mentoring by Luke Tarpey at The Tarpey Gallery in Castle Donnington. Full details are at http://www.melbournefestival.co.uk
Closing date for entries is March 14. Last year’s winner, Derby University photography student, Bethany Upton will this year be exhibiting on the Art and Architecture Trail.
New Mills Festival and Art Trail, September 9-25
New Mills Festival invites submissions from artists to take part in a two-week long Art Trail.
Submissions open on March 20 and close on midnight May 15.
The Art Trail turns the town into a gallery, and in 2015 more than 50 local businesses took part to host artists’ work in their windows and premises.
The Trail includes a Big Weekend, timed to coincide with the hugely popular Lantern Procession finale, which attracts an audience of more than 10,000.
The Big Weekend sees artists and venues across New Mills open their doors to host pop-up exhibitions, open studios, workshops and demonstrations, and arts and crafts markets.
The Art Trail is un-themed, however the theme for the Lantern Procession this year is Inventions. Proposals which respond to this topic will be especially welcomed. Alongside applications from artists for the smaller shop windows the organisers are particularly interested in hearing from artists who would like to tackle one of the bigger display spaces, either for a larger installation or for a display from a group.
Full entry details can be found at: newmillsfestival.co.uk.
Follow the Art Trail’s progress on Twitter @nmfestivalarts, and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/NewMillsArts
Wirksworth Festival Art and Architecture Trail, September 10 and 11
If you would like your work to be seen by over 4,000 people, apply to exhibit at Wirksworth Festival’s Art & Architecture Trail this year
Applications for artists and designer makers wanting to exhibit for 2016’s Trail will open on Wednesday March 16 and the deadline is April 29.
In previous years over a hundred artists and makers, have exhibited artworks inside historic and quirky buildings, delightful houses, gardens, shop windows and churches in the town.
For more details and application forms go to http://www.wirksworthfestival.co.uk