Matlock artists in the spotlight at fair

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Seven Matlock-based artists will join a group of Peak District Artisans for their most prestigious event of the year, the Great Dome Art Fair, which takes place this weekend (July 19-20) in Buxton’s Devonshire Dome.

The award-winning event - part of Buxton’s Festival Fringe - showcases the eclectic range of talent within the group featuring artists, ceramicists, furniture makers, designer makers and artisans.

Matlock-based members include: potters Eddie Hallam and Ann Bates; clockmaker Bruce Aitken; artists Suzanne Cannon and Liz Wellby; jeweller and silversmith Rachel Emmerson and wildlife sculptor Eddie Hallam.

Throughout the weekend, a selection of members will be delivering a range of demonstrations and talks giving insightful examples whilst focusing on their individual styles.

The winner of the groups’ Young Artist of the Year competition (who will be revealed during the preview event) will also be exhibiting their winning pieces.

The group’s chairman, Jane Cummins said: “The demonstrations are always very popular, whilst the talks are a great opportunity for visitors to meet the artists and appreciate the range of skills we have to offer.

Another popular feature is the silent auction. This year, 16 members are donating ether a piece of work – some designed and created specifically for the auction – or a place at one of their unique workshops, to raise money for Bakewell-based charity Helen’s Trust which supports people with terminal illnesses and their families.

“We are thrilled and so grateful to be chosen to benefit from the proceeds of the silent auction,” said Helen’s Trust CEO, Heidi Hawkins, “The artists have generously donated some amazing prizes and the funds raised will go directly towards helping people with terminal illness in the High Peak and North Derbyshire areas.”

The Silent Art Auction will run exclusively for the duration of the Fair, commencing at 6pm on the special Friday night preview evening and closing at 3pm Sunday afternoon.

The exhibition runs from 10am–4.30pm on both days. Admission is free.

For more information and to view a selection of members’ work visit