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MORE than 150 artists and designers will exhibit their work in homes, shop windows and open spaces in one of Derbyshire’s biggest showcases.

MORE than 150 artists and designers will exhibit their work in homes, shop windows and open spaces in one of Derbyshire’s biggest showcases.

Wirksworth Festival bursts into life tomorrow (Friday, September 7) when the town hosts three weeks of arts events.

Among the more unusual exhibition pieces will be an artwork inspired by moths flying over the town at night, which were recorded by local volunteers using humane light traps.

Artist Stephen Livingstone has produced a large drawing of the 40 species of moths recorded, using coal dust and galena (lead ore) dust, which will be hung in St Mary’s Church.

As well as the Art and Architecure trail, there will be a Festival Fringe featuring a diverse mix of lively events including open-air film shows.

Performances will include an evening of plays, prose and poetry, entitled Double Take, which is a collaboration between Graham Sellors and Andy Miller. They will be joined by Barry Knaggs and Barbara Wilson from Wirksworth and Sarah Shepherd from Chesterfield for the show on September 11 and 12 at the Red Lion.

Festival manager Natasha Astara said: “Wirksworth is a stimulating, contemporary festival with something for every appetite.”