24th May, 2019

Peak District Artisans’ Art & Design Fair

Buxton’s Great Dome Art and Design Fair is returning to the Devonshire Dome this summer, with a new visitor engagement opportunity.

Peak District Artisans’ (PDA) annual event showcases a wide range of affordable, original art by local artists, providing insight into the region’s creative talent.

Part of the Buxton Festival Fringe, which runs from July 3 to 24, The Great Dome Art and Design Fair will see over 40 members of the group exhibiting their original artwork, handmade products and unique gifts. One of the exhibiting members is magazine-collage artist, Giles Davies from Derby who featured on BBC One’s Home Is Where The Art Is.

Speaking about the event, PDA chair and member, Sue Prince said: “The Great Dome Art Fair is the most popular event in our exhibition calendar, offering visitors a huge range of locally designed and created work with prices ranging from £25, up to £2000.”

Throughout the weekend, visitors are invited to watch live demonstrations of artists at work. For the first time this year, in a live participation feature, people will be able to contribute to a community folk art painting.

Sue, who specialises in creating and leading community folk art projects, explains: “We’re giving visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the creative atmosphere and capture the event. People will be invited to personalise and paint themselves onto a canvas using basic pre-prepared sketched outlines, they’ll also have the opportunity to add their names to the artwork.”

This year’s event is sponsored by Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust. Speaking about the sponsorship, Trevor said: “Buxton holds a significant influence surrounded by the beauty of the High Peak and it is the appropriate host for the annual Great Dome Art Fair. The topography of countryside and the beauty of the Town combined to attract and influence artists and gifted artisans who are inspired to create unique work – an abundance of which brings joy and pleasure to the thousands who attend the Fair.

“The art on display not only adds to the town’s cultural reputation but it brings visitors and makes a positive contribution to the local economy. Where art goes, people follow, and I am delighted to be a supporter of Peak District Artisans.”

Live talks and demonstrations programme:

Saturday 20th July

2.30- 3.00 – Lecture Theatre
Brett Payne
Illustrated Talk.
‘What I Make and How I Make It’

12 – 12.45 – Classroom
Penny Withers
Pottery throwing Demonstration
Throwing Altered and Flattened Forms

3.00-3.45 – Classroom
Joanna Allen
Printing Demonstration
Collagraph with Chine-Collé Techniques

Sunday 21th July

2.30-3.00 – Lecture Theatre
Giles Davies
Illustrated Talk
“Creating for one or one million…”

12– 12.30
Lin Cheung – Classroom
Painting Demonstration
Creative Play

3.00-3.45 – Classroom
Pam Smart
Painting Workshop (10 places max)
Fabulous Flowers

In addition to the timetabled talks and demonstration in the Lecture Theatre and Classroom, there will be an additional 10 members doing demonstrations taking place throughout the weekend at their stands.

The exhibition runs 19th – 21st July Sat – Sun 10am – 5pm.
Fri Preview Evening 6.30pm – 8.30pm,
Admission is £2 per person

Why are we charging an admission fee this year?
Since opening the doors to our first Great Dome Art Fair, back in 1991, we have proudly welcomed thousands of visitors to browse and buy from our hugely talented group of artists, artisans and designer-makers in the stunning venue that is the Devonshire Dome – without requesting an admission fee.

However, we live in changing times and regretfully, due to increases in fees associated with hiring this venue – the home of our Great Dome Art Fair – we are having to charge a nominal £2 per adult entry fee.

FREE admission opportunities are available, on the back of our brochure – which has been distributed around the Peak District – you will find a voucher for free entry.

We look forward to seeing you, come along, immerse yourself amongst some of the finest Peak District Artisans and try your hand at creating your own work in our ‘paint the fair’ opportunity, which is new for this year.

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