VIDEO: Belper artists open up their homes to showcase their work

  • Belper Open Houses is featuring 20 participating venues
  • Homes and studios showcasing work of local artists
  • Event runs over the bank holiday weekend of May 23-25

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.

Belper Open Houses.     'Jo Cuffley opened up her Market Place shop for children to make glass and craft works.

Belper Open Houses. 'Jo Cuffley opened up her Market Place shop for children to make glass and craft works.

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.   'Sue Anderson and Sarah Skinner from the Witty Chair Co. give a demonstration of their upholstery skills at no.28 Market Place.

Belper Open Houses. 'Sue Anderson and Sarah Skinner from the Witty Chair Co. give a demonstration of their upholstery skills at no.28 Market Place.

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.

Belper Open Houses.  'Sheila Guyatt, who with friend Viv Scott, came up with the idea of the open house scheme, shows off her painting and textile work with sculptor, Fitz, who had a collection of gargoyles at Sheila's Over Lane home.

Belper Open Houses. 'Sheila Guyatt, who with friend Viv Scott, came up with the idea of the open house scheme, shows off her painting and textile work with sculptor, Fitz, who had a collection of gargoyles at Sheila's Over Lane home.

Belper Open Houses.'Sally Bramson, second left, opened her home on Blackden Close for artists, from left, Lynn Frost who showed off mixed media works, print maker Lesley Warrington and oil and acrylic painter Claire Burns.

Belper Open Houses.'Sally Bramson, second left, opened her home on Blackden Close for artists, from left, Lynn Frost who showed off mixed media works, print maker Lesley Warrington and oil and acrylic painter Claire Burns.

Belper Open Houses.'Kevin Wain with his wife's reclining lion painting which joined hundreds of others on show at their Blackden Close home.

Belper Open Houses.'Kevin Wain with his wife's reclining lion painting which joined hundreds of others on show at their Blackden Close home.

Belper Open Houses.      'Margaret Gosley with one of her poems at Oalholme Lodge on Church Lane.

Belper Open Houses. 'Margaret Gosley with one of her poems at Oalholme Lodge on Church Lane.

Belper Open Houses.      'Ross Sallaway displayed his oil portraits and watercolour landscapes at Oalholme Lodge on Church Lane.

Belper Open Houses. 'Ross Sallaway displayed his oil portraits and watercolour landscapes at Oalholme Lodge on Church Lane.