Artists are on display at hall

Peak District Artisans have received an exclusive invitation from Lord Edward Manners to present an art and craft fair at Haddon Hall.

The exhibition, which opens on April 2, will mark the beginning of Haddon Hall’s 2011 season. There will be free admission to the hall for the full weekend, providing visitors to the exhibition with unprecedented complimentary access to enjoy this magnificent fortified medieval manor dating back to the 12th century.

For the last three years, Peak District Artisans has presented the Great Dome Art Fair at the Devonshire Dome in Buxton. This award-winning event, held each July, has gone from strength to strength, attracting more than 5,000 art loving visitors.

The event at Haddon Hall will bring together some 30 members of PDA. These include a selection of artists, artisans and designers ranging from silversmith Brett Payne, bronze sculptor Eddie Hallam and stonemason Andy Oldfield (who featured on the BB2’s Mastercrafts series in 2010) through to textile artist Verina Warren, oil painter Suzanne Cannon, photographer Chris Farrow, jeweller Lucy Palmer and artist Sandra Orme. They will be joined by many more high quality artists and craftspeople from across the Peak District.

Chris Farrow, chairman of PDA said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our members to exhibit their work in a very fitting location. It will also give visitors the chance to enjoy and appreciate the diverse range of talent the group has to offer”.

Chris added: “As we celebrate our 20th year, there are many exciting projects that are planned to celebrate our success to date. Exhibiting at Haddon Hall is set to be one of our most prestigious events planned this year”.

Peak District Artisans (PDA) is a highly successful association of professional fine artists, designer makers and contemporary artisans based in and around the Peak District. Members are selected for their outstanding creative works and include up and coming as well as internationally renowned individuals.  PDA represents the finest in rural and urban creativity at its diverse best.

The exhibition will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, April 2, and 10am–4.30pm on Sunday, April 3.

For more information and to view a selection of members’ work, visit www.peakdistrictartisans.co.uk.