Struggling artist needs donations

Studio Appeal: Cromford-based artist Rachel Pinks is using a website and looking for others to share her studio and contribute to the costs before the lease runs out.
Studio Appeal: Cromford-based artist Rachel Pinks is using a website and looking for others to share her studio and contribute to the costs before the lease runs out.

An aspiring artist stands to lose her work studios unless she can raise nearly £2,000 before her lease runs out.

Rachael Pinks, who currently works in The Old Lock Up in Cromford, now has to turn her usually-creative mind to the almighty-task of raising money to keep her dream of being a painter alive.

Rachael said: “I would be really upset to lose The Old Lock Up as I’ve worked so hard over the last year to make it what it is.”

To solve the problem, Rachael has launched an online appeal asking for public donations in a final bid to keep her workspace open for another six months.

If her appeal is a success the struggling artist intends to revamp her work studio into a creative hub for Derbyshire talent.

She has already approached several local artists who share Rachael’s ambition to form a ‘collective’ and develop The Old Lock Up into a thriving epicentre for the art community.

Rachael said: “There’s so many people who are really keen to get involved with this project and believe in what could be done with the space.”

Her plans for The Old Lock Up, which at one time was the jail in Cromford, is to offer low-cost workshops to local artists and not-for-profit life drawing classes for people interested in developing a creative flare.

Rachael also plans to open the studio up for exhibitions and hopes to turn the premises into a meeting place for like-minded people to get together and share ideas.

Rachael said: “Artists are struggling people and, in times like these, we need to stand together.”

The painter begun her bohemian quest after taking voluntary redundancy in May 2011.

Using the pay-out she received, Rachael leased the premises and dedicated her life to painting.

She said: “In the past seven months I’ve had 14 paintings displayed in galleries across Derbyshire, which is pretty good going.”

To support Rachael’s cause, or to find out more, visit the artists appeal website at; http://wedidthis.org.uk/projects/save-old-lock-studio