29th to 31st May 2021

Mechanics Institute, Eyam

This exhibition will showcase our artists’ very personal creative responses to a universally shared experience and will be staged in the most appropriate village in Britain.

It will be a very special event in what is the PDA’s 30th Anniversary year.

Priority admission tickets

available now

Entry to the exhibition is free but, in order to monitor numbers within the venue and to ensure visitor safety, we have implemented pre-bookable timed ticket entry.

  • A pre booked ticket for up to 3 adults includes an exhibition catalogue, to be collected on the day, and costs £5. Accompanied children do not require a ticket.
  • You can arrive at any time during your ticketed hour. You may be required to wait outside for a short time until there is space inside but we will endeavour to keep any waiting time to a minimum.
  • Walk up and wait entry will be available on the day but priority will be given to pre-booked ticket holders who arrive during their allocated time slot.
  • Catalogues will also be available to purchase at the exhibition for £5 each.

Featuring poignant statements from each participating artist, alongside images of their work, the 56 page full colour catalogue will be a beautiful record of this unique exhibition.

Catalogues will also be available to purchase at the exhibition for £5 each and via our website and participating members after the event.

In March 2020 Peak District Artisans took the difficult decision to cancel all our physical events planned for 2020. Since then the pandemic has impacted our lives even more that we could have anticipated.

There has been limited opportunity for our members to show their work and despite a growing number of online shows the ability to show our work in person has been sorely missed

Just over a year after that decision was taken we will be hosting, finally, a live exhibition.

A Year of Wondering will showcase some very personal work by members; inspired by, and completed during, this year of restrictions and lockdown. The exhibition will take place in the famous Peak District village of Eyam and is named for the book A Year of Wonder which tells the story of plague in the village during the 17th century.

24 PDA Members will be taking part with each exhibitor showing work that is a direct response to their experience of a year of living with the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This will be a unique PDA show, showcasing the opportunity that lockdown has provided to create new work within this universally challenging year.

New themes, new techniques and a new vision.

A Year of Wondering will be held in the Mechanics Institute in the “plague village” of Eyam, Saturday 28th to Bank Holiday Monday 31st May 2021, open 10am to 5pm daily.