Art in every corner - Derbyshire Open Arts

Lets talk about how fantastic the creative arts scene is the High Peak.

Artists studio Ruth Marsden on the Derbyshire Open Arts trails 2018

The (12th annual ) Derbyshire Open Arts is an event, which starts on the late may Spring Bank Holiday weekend and runs for a week until June 3rd, is a festival of creative talent which includes painters, illustrators, ceramic artists, crafters and photographers. The event see many artists opening their homes & studios to the public along with pop up spaces in village halls & galleries , creating a county wide arts trail. 

Derbyshire Open Arts 2018

Since moving to Hayfield we've been overwhelmed by the amount of creative talent the High Peak & the Peak District have to offer. In our village alone there are over 16 very established artists know collectively as Hayfield Artists and our gallery has been lucky enough to be part of their show. There are 8 venues in total, including our gallery which is home to Garry Lomas Photography of course, we are venue number 3 on the Hayfield map.


Glorious Spring weather is blessing this years event with big crowds descending on our little corner of the Peak District.

Hayfield Artists

We took a quick tour of the private viewings held on the Friday before to see what the High Peak had to offer.


First stop was the home of New Mills based artist Ruth Marsden who creates acrylic paintings & limited edition prints of famous people and everyday objects.

Leonard Cohen by  New Mills High Peak artist Ruth MArsden Derbyshire

Leonard Cohen by Ruth Marsden

Ruth opens her home to 5 artists and there was art in every room, even the bathroom! There was a varied collection of paintings, prints, handmade jewellery and ceramic design.

Art in every room ruth marsden open house new mills derbyshire peak district

Ruth's front sitting room was transformed into a very beautiful gallery space, I am in love with the newly painted green walls! Proof that galleries don't have to be white


ruth marsden art studio derbyshire open arts

A glimpse into Ruth's studio, i love this print of broken egg shells


derbyshire open arts prints for sale

Our next stop was back to Hayfield to visit one of our favourite local artists, James Horton

james horton artist hayfield derbyshire open arts

James also opened his home to visitors, showcasing his collection of ink drawings and watercolours.

pen & ink by hayfield artist james horton

James has an incredible eye for detail. A personal favourite piece of mine is his moths & butterflies seen here below the spiders (eek!). I'm finding a space for this one somewhere at home...the moths not the spiders. I appreciate the talent in this piece but I am terrified of spiders - sorry James!

framed artwork for sale by james horton

At home with artist James Horton

Our final destination on our tour was The Pack Horse pub in Hayfield

hayfield artists exhibition at The Pack Horse Hayfield high peak peak district derbyshire

The Pack Horse exhibits art all year round in the main pub, Landlords Luke & Emma are very supportive of Hayfield Artists who also take over the pubs function room for the Derbyshire Open Arts festival..

art in the pub hayfield artists exhibition at the pack horse pub

Exhibits at The Pack Horse included local artists Sue Sheppard and Mel & Ken Bowden

Sue Sheppard artist hayfield

Colourful acrylics and sculptures by Sue Sheppard

artist mel bowden hayfield artists

Painting by Mel Bowden

hayfield artist ken bowden

Hayfield Artist Ken Bowden

It was a great  whistle stop tour, just a shame we couldn't make  it to all  the other venues, a challenge for next years festival!


Hayfield Artists will be back with their winter show at the end of November though so not too long to wait.


If you like the creative arts or just fancy a snoop around other peoples house then pencil in the event for next year its not to be missed and you can pick up some unique work direct from the artist.


Bye for now

Sharon x


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