Art exhibition explores folklore of Derwent Valley Mills

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New paintings which illustrate the folklore and the rich history of the Derwent Valley Mills have been unveiled in the Mayor’s Parlour, Council House, Derby.

The event, hosted by The Mayor, Cllr Lisa Higginbottom, on April 23, began with the arrival of artist Bartholomew Beal and his paintings in the mayoral car.

Bartholomew, an emerging star of the arts world and the current holder of Derbyshire Community Foundation’s biennial Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award, has been awarded a year’s residency based at the University of Derby’s Banks Mill.

Established in 2001, by Derbyshire Community Foundation, the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award was created with the help of a legacy from the estate of the late Jonathan Vickers, a lifelong lover of fine arts. The Award is one of the largest fine art awards in the country and is supported by Derby Museum and Art Gallery, the University of Derby, Rolls-Royce plc and Colourstream.

Derwent Valley Mills Heritage Site are also supporting Bartholomew’s delivery of workshops in local schools and his research of the history and tales of Derbyshire, particularly those connected to the Derwent Valley Mills area, to uncover interesting historical subjects