Glad to announce the reopening of the Anvil in September!

Glad to announce the reopening of the Anvil in September!

Firstly, thank you very much for all the lovely messages and continued support over the last few months. You may have noticed communication went a little quiet but don’t you worry, April Young has been busying herself, creating new sculptures, developing new paintings and coming up with ideas for the rest of 2020. Making plans, Plan A, Plan B and all the way through to Plan Z so the Anvil can share contemporary art with you in as many safe ways as possible.  

Reopening! Thursday 3rd Sept 2020
(Opening every Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11am-4pm or by appointment)

We're now working on preparing the gallery with a range of new art works and changing exhibition programme along with putting all the necessary precautions in place to offer the warmest of welcomes alongside safeguarding you and the Anvil team during your visit.

We don’t anticipate vast numbers of you flocking through the door at any one time but if you feel anxious about this in anyway, get in touch, it may be that we can arrange an out of hours visit just for you. 

In this update you’ll find further details of our approach to reopening, what you can expect to see on your visit and a little information about proposed workshops.

What you can look forward to seeing

April Young has been developing her range of 3d sculptures and paintings.  April's Carousel Horses with their highly detailed surface design link beautifully to a new series of paintings which not only convey elements of personal narrative but also invite the viewer to put the pieces together for themselves. Come and see April's new sculptures, as well as work in progress on her new body of paintings. 

New to the gallery will be a selection of fused glass sculptural works by Stevie Davies. Her work focuses on the creation of textural surfaces, the nature of which encourages playful interactions with light. Keep an eye out on our social media for images of her recent makes. You can still enjoy the stunning hand blown glassware by Thomas Pettit, always popular with each piece showing waves of movement, and smooth colour changes. 

As usual we have a variety of stunning landscape paintings, from rich tones of expressively applied paints in work by Colin Halliday, to the delicate subtle tones of emotive works by John Paul Cooke, to the highly sought after narrative scenes of Derbyshire by Andrew Macara and James Preston.   

Planning your visit

At the time of your visit, you may be reminded to keep to social distancing guidelines and please remember to bring your mask.
Please avoid visiting the gallery with people outside of your own household/bubble an we regret that group visits (6+) cannot be accommodated until further notice.
If you are feeling at all unwell please postpone your visit. 

Creative Workshops

We are currently speaking to range of creative practitioners and hope to schedule a selection of informal, social distanced workshops later in the year.

To be held in the ground floor gallery, primarily on Sundays and weekday evenings, we hope to offer you a range of short taster sessions to start.  Some of the exciting mediums to look forward to include, but are in no way  limited to, ceramics, fused glass, printing, painting, textiles.

 If you have any ideas or private booking requests, please get in touch.


Anvil Gallery, 11 Old Blacksmith's Yard, Sadler Gate, Derby  DE1 3PD



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