Belper creatives join open arts weekend

Derbyshire Open Arts: Jeweller Janice Allan and Artist Ruth Gray
Derbyshire Open Arts: Jeweller Janice Allan and Artist Ruth Gray

Belper artists are joining 176 of their contemporaries across the county to show-off their creations as part of the Derbyshire Open Arts Weekend.

This is the ninth consecutive year of this event, which offers the public the opportunity to visit artists and craftspeople in a variety of venues, including studios and public spaces.

Among the creatives displaying their work is Jenny Oldknow who will be showcasing her expressive and vibrant watercolour paintings inspired by the natural world at her studio gallery, 56 Pinewood Road, Belper.

Meanwhile, fine artist Amy Edwards will be exhibiting her work inspired by textile design, organic pattern, floral themes and the nude form at 2 Grendon Close, Belper.

And Belper wire sculptor Hannah Larkham will be joining 13 other artists showing their work at Banks Mill Studios, 71 Bridge Street, Derby.

Hannah has completed special commissions including a memorial installation for Truro Cathedral and three wire pheasants for the National Trust at Calke Abbey.

Laura Williams, who manages Banks Mill said: “This open weekend is a great opportunity for the public to really experience art, rather than just view it.

“Our artists are passionate about what they do and how they do it and really want to share this with everyone – young and old.”

The artists will be exhibiting between 10am and 5pmfrom Saturday, May 24 to Monday, May 26. Entry is free at all the venues.

The weekend is run by Derbyshire Open Arts - a not-for-profit, artist-led organisation which is dependent solely on artists’ entry fees and advertising fees.

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