DERBYSHIRE: Open Arts weekend attracts 300 artists and craftsmen

Lynne Wilkinson painting
Lynne Wilkinson painting

Paintings, sculptures, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, woodwork and metalwork will go on show in a countywide celebration of creativity.

More than 300 artists and designers will be exhibiting their work in 82 venues during the Derbyshire Open Arts weekend which gets underway on Saturday, May 25, 2013.

There is free entry to all venues and visitors will have an opportunity to see and buy an original work of art.

Many local artists and craftspeople will accept commissions and also offer workshops, demonstrations and talks.

Several artists will be exhibiting in their own studios, where they can show how their work is produced, others have come together in halls, chapels and art centres at hotspots including Holymoorside, Dronfield, Darley Dale, Cromford, Matlock Bath, Holloway and Tansley.

Three artists will be displaying work in studios in Chesterfield, 16 artists will be on hand in Holymoorside and there will be eight artists and craftspeople at the Peel Centre in Dronfield.

Olinda Everett, ceramicist, is one of the exhibitors at at Holymoorside Village Hall. She said: “Our event has now become firmly established in the county’s annual calendar.

“Visitors know they are in for another enjoyable three days visiting interesting places, meeting skilled artists and craftspeople and seeing work of the highest quality.”

Derbyshire Open Arts runs until May 27. Full details are available in a brochure available free in all tourist centres and libraries and from participating artists. They can also be ordered on the website: www.derbyshireopenarts.co.uk