Artists open their Banks Mill studios

More than 70 makers, designers, artists and creatives will feature at this year’s Banks Mill Open Studios and Artisan Fair, which is being staged in partnership with the Peak District Artisans.

From November 18-20 visitors can meet the artists, designers and makers working in their studios who are creating some of the very best hand made products and creative services in Derby.

Alongside the open studios there will also be a bustling Artisan Fair at the Enterprise Centre, just a minute’s walk from Banks Mill.

The fair is host to artists and makers of jewellery, ceramics, prints and cards, fine art, textiles, handmade bags and much more.

One artist you will be able to meet is Andrew Macara who is nationally renowned and has exhibited in many prestigious events including the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition.

In a studio on the ground floor you will find Green Door Printmaking – Derbyshire’s only open access artist studio dedicated to the art and craft of innovative and environmentally sound printmaking (pictured above).

Pandora Johnson, co-founder, said: “We strive to raise the profile of printmaking as a primary art form with a long and distinguished history.” Peak District Artisan Justine Nettleton will be exhibiting and selling her work at the fair. She uses her artwork and designs to create quirky jewellery and accessories under the guise Art You Wear.

There will also be an arts trail and activities for children throughout the weekend.

The Open Studios and Artisan Fair offers free entry and parking and is open from 5pm-8pm on the Friday and 10am-5pm on the Saturday and Sunday. Banks Mill Studios and the Enterprise Centre are in Bridge Street, Derby.