Official opening of Haarlem Artspace

Haarlem Artspace in Wirksworth, housed in the historic Grade 2 star listed, Haarlem Mill, is a new artist-led space that aims to champion and encourage contemporary, rural, creative practice and research.

It will be staging an official public opening on July 29 during which you will be able to meet the studio artists, see the space and some great art. There will be Special guest appearances (to be revealed), starting at 11am till late. There will also a Silent Art Auction throughout the day and online.

The art space was set up by Geoff Diego Litherland, Olivia Punnett, Bev Shephard and Anna Clyne; two award winning contemporary artists and two creative business and fundraising specialists.

“Artists working rurally are often working alone, or, as we were doing, travelling into city centre studios to be part of the contemporary working arts. Many artists were having to do this…we felt it was time for a change,” said Olivia.

“The juxtaposition of contemporary practice against a rural landscape offers an inspirational platform for creative practitioners to exhibit and collaborate,” added Geoff.

Having been sensitively restored to English Heritage standards, Haarlem Mill has undergone a dramatic transformation. The result is a beautiful, bespoke and modern studio space for creative practitioners. It also offers a flexible public space which will operate an engaging and ambitious program of events and activities relating to art, landscape, and the environment.

At the opening on July 29 there will be a cutting of  their own Red Tape (legal paper binding tape that was traditionally manufactured in Haarlem Mill).

As renovation continues, Haarlem Artspace hopes to occupy more of the old mill, moving down a floor when it becomes ready. Haarlem will also be open during this year’s Wirksworth Festival from September 8-24, when you can see a specially curated exhibition in the space, and meet artists and studio holders.