Artists find a home at Dome

Art fair at Buxton Dome.
Art fair at Buxton Dome.

A SELECTION of artist and artisans from Matlock, who form part of the Peak District Artisans group, are planning their most prestigious event of the year, the Great Dome Art Fair.

The award-winning event will take place on July 23 and 24. Part of Buxton’s Festival Fringe, the fair showcases the group’s eclectic range of talent, which includes artists, designer-makers and contemporary artisans.

Chairman of PDA Chris Farrow said: “We are extremely excited and proud of this year’s exhibition. A selection of our members will be delivering a range of demonstrations and talks giving insightful examples whilst focusing on their individual styles. It’s a great opportunity for visitors to meet the artists and see for themselves the range of skills we have to offer.”

Over the last four years, The Great Dome Art Fair has grown from strength to strength, attracting local visitors and people from as far as New Zealand. The event is held in high esteem in the local art-world and beyond.

Chris continued: “This has been an incredible year for us so far. As well as attending many other highly respected exhibitions, we launched our first Young Artist of the Year competition and achieved a fantastic response. The winners will be displaying their work at the event.”

Founded in 1991, and originally known as Peak District Products, the group changed its name in January to reflect the diverse range of talent within the group. PDP was established to celebrate the very best creative work in the Peak District and, 20 years on, the group has grown significantly. There are now over 60 members, ranging from highly skilled photographers and painters through to glass, ceramic and felt artists and many more.

The fair runs 10am –4.30pm on both days, in The Great Dome at the Royal Devonshire Campus, Buxton. There is no admission fee.

For more information and to view a selection of members’ work visit www.peakdistrictartisans.co.uk.

* Local artists taking part include furniture maker Chris Flemming from Birchover, potter/painter Gary Sampson from Elton, Matlock artists Susan Burgess and Suzanne Cannon, Riber Valley wildlife sculptor Eddie Hallam and Matlock artist Liz Welby.