16th May, 2017

PDA Members prepare for Derbyshire Open Arts

PDA members are working hard in the lead up to this month’s Derbyshire Open Arts Weekend which takes place over the Spring Bank holiday weekend.

PDA members are working hard in the lead up to this month’s Derbyshire Open Arts Weekend which takes place over the Spring Bank holiday weekend 27th – 29th May 2017. The entire event, which is now in its eleventh year, will feature close to three hundred artists exhibiting across 120 venues in the region. Trail visitors get to see, discuss and buy artwork directly from the artists who make it as well as visiting a wide variety of artists’ studios, homes and interesting group venues.

In total there are twenty six PDA members exhibiting in this year across fifteen different venues from Marple in the north to Ticknall at the southern end of Derbyshire. A number of members will be opening up their own homes and studios this year while other artists will be exhibiting their work in group venues.

Opening up their own homes and studios working from North to South you can visit, Rob Wilson in his brand new studio in Marple overlooking the Peak Forest Canal; Jenny Mather’s Blackberry Barn Studio in Bamford will be hosting Image- Idioms – Iridescence, an exhibition featuring Jenny’s work alongside that of fellow PDA member Brenda Ford and ceramicist Gerald Unwin. Lynne Wilkinson will be opening up her studio at Summerley Hall near Dronfield. In Buxton you can visit Sandra Orme’s new studio and gallery, Sandra will be sharing her studio with PDA member Natasha Braithwaite for the weekend; Adrienne Brown is opening up her Buxton home with artist Norman Elliott. Janet Mayled will be opening up her cottage located at Blackwell Mill just to the south of Buxton. In Rowland near Bakewell you can visit the home of Kate Pheasey and just a little further south in Lumsdale near Matlock you will find Ann Bates who will be opening her cottage for the weekend. Find out just what an artist in residence gets up to by visiting Liz Welby at Scarthin Books in Cromford where she is continuing her term as their current artist in residence. Further along the A6 in Duffield you will be able to visit Colin Halliday and in Ticknall Jane Bevan will be opening up her home to exhibit her own work with that of two other artists Mary Johnson, ceramics and Peter Wood a greenwood furniture maker, you can find them in the brochure listed as Greenwood Days.

Group venues are always popular with visitors to the trail and you can see a number of PDA members at group venues. The largest gathering of PDA members takes place at The Haybarn, Beechenhill Farm, Ilam where you will find Sue Prince, Steve Elliott, Vivien Wilson, Brian Robinson, Maggie Robinson, Mark Langley, Tim Rose, Karin Sheldon, Roger Waterhouse and Temima Crafts work on display there will be both 2d and 3d across a range of disciplines.

Holymoorside Village Hall, near Chesterfield is where you will find painter and printmaker Sarah Sharpe who will be exhibiting her own work with nine fellow artists, disciplines on display will include painting, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, photography and etchings.

Vivienne Sillar and her smoke fired ceramics can be seen at The Willows in Darley Dale, one of a group of five artists who will be exhibiting ceramics, textiles, mosaic and mixed media work.

Ruth Gray will be exhibiting her atmospheric mixed media paintings alongside six more artists; disciplines on display will include textiles, jewellery, stained glass, ceramics, oil and watercolour paintings and handmade wooden pens, see all of them who at Fritchley Congregational Chapel near Belper.

If you have not managed to pick up your Derbyshire Arts Brochure yet you can always download it from the Derbyshire Open Arts Website where you can also find out more about all of the artists taking part in this year’s Trail.