Artists have been throwing open the doors of their homes and studios in Belper to showcase a variety of art and craft displays.
Belper Open Houses features 20 locations around the town, from Jubilee Court and Laund Close to Mount Pleasant and Sandbed Lane, over the bank holiday weekend.
The showcase is in its fifth year and is inspired by a similar event held in Brighton.
One of the organisers, Vivien Scott, said: “There are an awfully lot of talented artists in Belper and we want to showcase their talents to a wider audience.
“We started off quite small, but the event has grown to quite a reasonable size. This year we have got 20 participating houses and studios which will be crammed with stuff.”
Locations such as 8A Chesterfield Road, where there is the chance to meet and chat to Helen Jones, who helped create the ceramic poppies displayed at the Tower of London earlier this year. Helen is showing pet and animal portraits and craft items woven from horse hair.
This is an opportunity to relax in an informal atmosphere, chat to the artists, with a cup of tea or coffee on offer at many of the houses.Vivien Scott, organiser, Belper Open Houses
In honour of 2015 being the ‘Year of the Sheep’, there is a celebration of all things woolly at Kitty’s Cottage, 40 Belper Lane. As well as displays of spinning, weaving, dyeing and felting, papercraft and jewellery, there are workshops for children and young people. The workshops are free, but donations are welcome.
New this year is the Derbyshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers at the Fleet Arts Centre, offering demonstrations of traditional textile-making and hand-made goods for sale.
And at 51 Over Lane, Sheila Guyatt is showing her paintings, prints, hand-painted bags, cards and gifts.
Vivien added: “There is a lot more to see, all free of charge, with no obligation to buy. This is an opportunity to relax in an informal atmosphere, chat to the artists, with a cup of tea or coffee on offer at many of the houses.”
Belper Open Houses finishes on Monday.
Leaflets are available in town centre venues such as the Ritz, library and some shops.
To find out more, contact Viv Scott on 01773 822253 or visit www.belperopenhouses.com.
List of Open House venues: 59 Jubilee Court; 47 Jubilee Court; Evergreen House Studio, 4 Blackden Close; 16 Blackden Close; 51 Over Lane; 99 Sandbed Lane; 3 Spencer Avenue; 33 Stanton Avenue; Fleet Arts, The Fleet; Studio above the Sweet Shop, Top Floor, 62 King Street; 8 Market Place; 28 Market Place; Oakholme Lodge, 9 Church Lane; 8A Chesterfield Road; 39 Laund Close; 35 Long Row; Community Room, Christchurch, The Triangle; Kitty’s Cottage, 40 Belper Lane; 21 Knowl Avenue; The Jenny Oldknow Studio Gallery, 56 Pinewood Road.