27th March, 2016

Peak District Artisans celebrate 10 years of Derbyshire Open Arts

To celebrate 10 years of Derbyshire Open Arts, artists and crafts people across the county are preparing to showcase a broad range of creative project

Thirty-two Peak District Artisans will take part in this free, family-friendly experience that includes small studios, established galleries and, new for 2016, a local college. Over the May Bank Holiday weekend the public can learn more about the individual artists and buy direct from the heart of where they practise. Some venues offer easy access for people with disabilities.

Bringing new and returning investors and curious onlookers to engage with 294 artists at 71 venues countywide (35 group venues and 36 artists showing in their own individual studio), this inclusive, open door initiative has become an important part of the culture and creative industry of Derbyshire.

With founder and Chair Ally Rodgers back at the helm for this year, this niche event has grown beyond expectation. Her dedicated team of volunteers ensure that each year uncovers and encourages new talent from within the local art scene. She says: “For our visitors, this is a chance to find out what inspires real artists, to interact with how they go about their work and find out why they do what they do! The event makes for great days out, touring around Derbyshire and investing in the cultural language of this beautiful part of the world.”

“Keeping Derbyshire well and truly on the map, both nationally and internationally; contributing to the creative economy and spreading the word that Derbyshire continues to build on its entrepreneurial and innovative heritage.

From the tip of the Peak District National Park on the outskirts of Manchester, down through The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site into the city of Derby and beyond there will be a warm welcome to both overseas and local visitors alike.

“For our artists, it is a fantastic opportunity to promote their work, share their enthusiasm and meet potential clients. With the ever growing global interest in all forms of art and design, both commercially and domestically, this is a very important event.

“We hope that we can build on the great fortune we have encountered over the last 10 years and we look forward very much to welcoming visitors at our interesting and educational event over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.


  • The 10th-anniversary event will showcase 112 artists using glass, fabric, stone, yarn, metal, glaze, acrylics, wool, ceramics, film, textiles, paint, charcoal and much more to interpret the industrial and natural beauty of Derbyshire and beyond.
  • Not for profit three-day event which started in 2006 and continues to be held across Derbyshire over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May.
  • DOA promotes equal opportunities, networking and professional development amongst almost 300 quality contemporary artists, from grass roots practitioners to award winning professionals, at a variety of over 70 venues.
  • DOA raises the economic and artistic profile of the region with over 17,000 public visits and approximate annual sales of £70,000.
  • DOA is entirely operated by voluntary manpower, funded by artists subscriptions, exists by and for its members, is formally constituted and is currently seeking charitable status

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