Regional artists’ work to appear at prestigious exhibition

Peak District Artisans will be exhibiting at the Great Dome Art Fair which, as pictured, attracted hundreds of people last year.
Peak District Artisans will be exhibiting at the Great Dome Art Fair which, as pictured, attracted hundreds of people last year.

FOUR artists from Chesterfield who are members of the Peak District Artisans will exhibit at the group’s most prestigious event of the year - the Great Dome Art Fair 2012 on July 21 and 22.

The award winning event - part of Buxton’s Festival Fringe - showcases the eclectic range of talent within the group including artists, photographers, designer makers artisans and many more.

Chesterfield based members include ceramicists Jane Manion-Jones and Sue Gorman, stone carvers, The Fringe Workshop, and award-winning lettering artist Elizabeth Forrest.

This year the event will be supporting Helen’s Trust by donating the proceeds of an auction to the charity.

A selection of members will contribute pieces – some designed and produced specifically for the event – to a silent auction that will open during the private view on the eve of the fair and will run throughout the weekend.

Ceramicist Sue Gorman has collaborated with fellow member, metalsmith Wapentac, to co-produce a unique piece for the auction that combines steel and porcelain.

Helen’s Trust Community Fundraiser Sophie Gill added: “We’re delighted to have been selected to receive the proceeds from the silent auction.

“Helen’s Trust is entirely reliant on voluntary income and the Peak District Artisans generosity will help to make a real difference to local people with terminal illness.”

As well as the silent auction, throughout the weekend a selection of members will be delivering a range of demonstrations and talks giving insightful examples whilst focusing on their individual styles.

Chris continued: “The talks are a great opportunity for visitors to gain an insight into the artists’ inspiration, as well as the processes used to create their unique work.

“We are pleased to welcome yet more members to the group, each at various stages of their careers. This continuous influx of new talent ensures that our events never stand still. There is always something new to come and see.”

Established in 1991, Peak District Artisans is a professional association that represents some of the finest artists, designer-makers and artisans based in the Peak District and beyond.

Due to popular demand this year’s preview evening on Friday July 20 has been extended to an earlier start time of 6pm, finishing at 9pm.

The exhibition runs 10am – 4.30pm, on July 21 and 22. Admission is free.

For more information about the exhibition, how to obtain preview invitations and to view a selection of members’ work visit for details.