MEMBER: Derbyshire Open Arts

Friday 26th May - Sunday 4th June 2017.

Derbyshire Open Arts launches newly extended Event for 2017

Creating a sense of belonging by bringing together a wealth of home grown creative talent takes vision, commitment and faith. These have proved a winning combination as the volunteer organisers from Derbyshire Open Arts have attracted 37 new artists to their newly extended, open studio event, now in its 11th year. This year, for the first time, Derbyshire Open Arts has been extended from three to nine days.
“It was felt that, with the huge numbers of participants now taking part, 3 days just wasn’t long enough any more, explained Caroline McFarlane, Chair of Derbyshire Open Arts. The new, extended opening days give visitors more time to get round a larger number of venues; particularly those which are a little more out of the way”.
Derbyshire Open Arts takes place annually, over the 3 day Spring Bank Holiday weekend. In 2017, artists will have the opportunity to extend their opening from the normal three days to a maximum of nine days. Artists may opt to stay open on either selected further days, or continue without a break, through to Sunday 4th June. In addition, 37 venues will also have a preview evening on Friday 26th May, to which, all are invited. (Please see individual website entries for details).
From students to award winning professionals, 226 participants in126 venues will open their doors and share their creativity. Entry to venues, throughout the event is free and a number of venues offer access for people with disabilities. It is always wise to check, access details, however, as some venues are in private homes and workspaces.
There is something for everyone: needlecraft, textiles, felting, knitting and tapestry, photography, printmaking, glass making, woodworking, furniture, ceramics, blacksmithing, sculpture and jewellery, illustration, oil and watercolour painting. Some participants also teach their art or craft and are willing to undertake talks. Many will be demonstrating and some venues also offer visitor participation experience.
The event is inclusive and non-selective, showcasing some of the best arts and crafts in the region. Venues vary from small studios, established galleries, workshops, barns, to a college and even Derby University. It is a chance for visitors of all ages and interests to experience the creative process and see art in the making with genuine local provenance.
Contact this organisation:

Derbyshire Open Arts
c/o Cromford Studios and Gallery, Market Place,

DE4 3QE.
07534 548333

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