Patchings is where all things art is happening

If you want to spend a long weekend immersing yourself in all things art, then the Patchings Festival is for you.

Right on Derbyshire’s doorstep, the event bills itself as the largest practical outdoor art event in the country.

With more than 250 artists, photographers, craft makers and designers taking part, and more than 40 demonstrations and workshops taking place at the 60-acre site on each of the festival’s four days that is easy to believe.

Heading up the celebrity artists who will be talking in the Festival Marquee, a 300-seater arena with audio visual links, is David Bellamy. 

The celebrated landscape painter specialises in painting mountain and wild coastal scenes, and is particularly fascinated by the moods of nature in the wild places. 

He has written 17 books illustrated with his paintings and produced eight DVDs on his techniques in watercolour. 

You can see him in action at Patchings by scanning the QR code at the foot of this article.

Other celebrity artists are Jean Haines, Soraya French, Carne Griffiths and Laura Boswell. 

There will also be a daily programme of artists working in their individual areas and talking to visitors. 

On Thursday you will have a chance to see John Sprakes and The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation; Friday’s line-up includes Bruce Mulcahy and Roger Della and on Saturday you can talk to Haidee Jo Summers, who is a past winner of the Buxton Spa Prize.

There are also plenty of free demonstrations and workshops in a marquee dedicated to premium art brands such as Winsor & Newton, Derwent, Daler Rowney and Hahnemühle.

The festival takes place from July 11-14, from 10am-5pm and Patchings Art Centre is at Oxton Road, Calverton, Nottinghamshire. 

There is free car parking and a weekend ticket for both Saturday and Sunday is £10 if bought in advance.

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