Traditional Spring Bank Holiday 27 – 29th May plus optional dates 30th May – 4th June. 10.00 till 17.00

Welcome to Derbyshire Open Arts (Plus) 2017 -

your opportunity to visit artists and artisans throughout our beautiful county, and maybe even buy a work of art to take home!
This is our eleventh year and, one in which we are building on previous success by trying some new ideas.  As well as the usual Spring Bank Holiday 3 day event, many artists will now open (on selected days) through a further 6 days.  This is the ‘Plus’ part of the event, and will give everyone a little more time to get around to seeing the artists and venues they want to see.  With nearly 300 artists taking part last year, this was becoming a challenge!
Whether you are an artist, a visitor or both, we hope you will take this extended opportunity to track down some of the more ‘off the beaten track’ venues and artists, who will be delighted to welcome you.
Our ‘Open Arts’ event covers venues throughout Derbyshire and is free to all visitors.  We request that artists ensure all material on show is suitable for family viewing.  Many venues will be accessible to wheelchairs, but it is advisable to check each venue’s information.
Derbyshire Open Arts is a volunteer led organisation, run for and by artists and supporters of the arts in Derbyshire.  It is funded entirely by artists’ subscriptions and our brochure advertisers. We distribute brochures throughout Derbyshire and beyond, in libraries, hotels, galleries, cafes etc.   Please do support our advertisers, where you have the opportunity, as they are helping us to keep the event going.
Finally; if you are inspired by what you have seen and experienced through Derbyshire Open Arts, why not join our team?  You can contact us to offer help with the 2018 event via [email protected]
Most importantly, enjoy the event!
Caroline McFarlane (Chair 2017)




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