Derbyshire Open Arts is this weekend

To celebrate ten years of Derbyshire Open Arts, artists and craftspeople across the county are preparing to showcase their work over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

Opening their doors to the public will be small studios, established galleries and, new for 2016, a college.

With founder and chair Ally Rodgers back at the helm for this year, the event has grown beyond expectation.

She said: “For our visitors this is a chance to find out what inspires real artists, to interact with how they go about their work and find out why they do what they do.

“We are keeping Derbyshire well and truly on the map, contributing to the creative economy and spreading the word that the county continues to build on its entrepreneurial and innovative heritage.”

Taking part are 294 artists at 71 venues countywide – 35 are group venues and 36 artists will be showing in their own individual studios.

To mark the tenth year artsbeat is highlighting some of the artists and venues taking part for the first time. For full details go to or pick up one of the brochures.

This year’s open studios event is introducing several new venues here are some of the most interesting for you.

  • The Monkey Park Community Centre in Chester Street, Chesterfield, is hosting six artists, Helen Politt, Karon Mather, Guy Badham, Caroline Bagnall, Derborah Miles, Chloe White, Helen Barber and Dawn Turner who between them will be exhibiting paintings, photography, ceramics fired glass and recycled tin.
  • The Art Barn, Oakenclough Hall, Longnor, SK17 0QS will be home for the weekend for Jan Lewis-Eccleston and her ceramic sculptures and painter Sue Blatherwick.
  •  Joining oil painter Carl Longmate at his home, 6 St James Square, Buxton, SK17 6HS, will be landscape photographer John Eastwood and ceramicist Ché Finch.
  •  Photographer Alan Makin and painter and printmaker Natalie Hallows will be taking over at The Old Lock Up Studio in Cromford DE4 3RF.
  • Three glass makers, Jonathan Abbott, Tomas Petit and Glyn Scott, will be demonstrating age-old skills to create bespoke lead crystal glass at Lumsdale Glasss, Unit 18 Lower Lumsdale Mills, DE4 5EX.
  • The West Studios in Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, which is part of Chesterfield College, will be hosting, Sue Wharton, Aspire Art  and a showcase of students’ work.
  •  Sarah Brindley’s innovative sustainable furniture and the work of her group More Care Design Collective, who are adults with learning difficulties,  can be found at unit 2A Ladmanlow Yard, Leek Road, Buxton, SK17 6UQ.
  • Take Ten is a wide selection of work in various media with a strong print/painting bias from a mature student collective at Leek College of Art. They will be at the United Reformed  Church Hall in Hardwick Square East, Buxton.

Other new faces who are not necessarily at a new venue include:

  • Illustrator Andrea Joseph who will be at her home 128 Buxton Road, Furness Vale, SK23 7PF.
  • Louise Glasscoe who hand knits and crochets her own designs, (see right) and will be at The Old Hall Hotel, Buxton.
  • The contemporary oil paintings of young artist Matthieu Leger can be seen at the Coach House Studios, Crown Yard, Wirksworth, where there will also be four other artists.
  • Embroidery designer Lesley Platt, who will be at Ash House, Main Street, Great Longstone.
  • Landscape painter Patricia Lane, who will be at St Mary’s House, Castle Street, Bolsover.
  • Watercolour artist Sheila Baldock who will be with others at the United Reformed Church, Holymoorside.
  • The Chinese paintings of Ron Brooks, made using a traditional brush dipped in black ink can be seen at Cherrytree Studio, 247 Nottingham Road, Ilkeston.