Matlock group’s work is at prestigious event

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Nine Matlock-based members of The Peak District Artisans will take part in the group’s most prestigious event of the year - the Great Dome Art Fair 2013 - in Buxton’s Devonshire Dome.

The award-winning event - part of Buxton’s Festival Fringe - showcases the eclectic range of talent within the group, including artists, ceramicists, furniture makers, designer makers and artisans.

Throughout the weekend a selection of members will be delivering a range of demonstrations and talks giving insightful examples whilst focusing on their individual styles.

The winners of the group’s Young Artist of the Year competition (who will be revealed during the preview event) will also be exhibiting their winning pieces.

The group’s chairman, Chris Farrow said: “The demonstrations are always very popular, whilst the talks are a great opportunity for visitors to meet the artists and appreciate the range of skills we have to offer.

“This is our largest exhibition yet, with all 65 members taking part - including some very talented new members who have recently joined the group.”

Another popular feature is the silent auction. This year 14 members are donating ether a piece of work – some designed and created specifically for the auction – or a place at one of their unique workshops, to raise money for local charity Helen’s Trust which supports people with terminal illnesses and their families.

Of the Matlock members taking part in the auction are potter, Anne Bates and artist, Susan Burgess. Anne will be offering one of her hand built contemporary ceramic vessels (pic attached), whilst Susan’s painting captures Beeley Moor (pic attached), a well-known area around Chatsworth.

Helen’s Trust CEO, Heidi Megaughin said: “The proceeds of the artworks generously donated by artists to the silent auction are incredibly significant in enabling us to support more people with terminal illness at home.”

The Silent Art Auction will run exclusively for the duration of the Fair, commencing at 6pm on the special Friday night preview evening and closing at 3pm Sunday afternoon.

The exhibition runs 10am–4.30pm on July 20-21. Admission is free.

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