Quartet’s work is on display

Louise West, Heanor artist
Louise West, Heanor artist

Four local artists and designers are preparing for this year’s Banks Mill Open Studios event in Derby, which runs from November 22–24 and invites the public and arts community to view a showcase of talent from across the county.

Lace and jewellery designer Louise West and fine artist Kerri Pratt, both from Heanor, will be exhibiting their work, alongside Ripley-based photographer Matt Jones and textile designer Helen Meakin.

The event is organised by Evolve at the University of Derby, which offers support and space to new and growing businesses. Banks Mill is one of Evolve’s incubation centres, specialising in the creative industries.

Open Studios has grown as an event over the last decade and now attracts hundreds of visitors. This year, more than 70 artists and designer-makers will be displaying some of the city’s finest art and artistic products. The event will feature creative talents in fine art, glassware, jewellery, photography, fashion, weaving and many others.

Building on last year’s success, the event will this year be held across two venues and will be bigger than ever before, with the addition of a ‘Made in Derby’ Christmas Market at the University’s Enterprise Centre. Here, a range of stalls offering unique gifts by artists and makers will be available to shoppers.

Banks Mill is located at 71 Bridge Street, Derby DE1 3LB, on the corner of Brook Street. The Enterprise Centre is located a short walk away, also on Bridge Street (DE1 3LD).

Food and drink will also be available at the Enterprise Centre, alongside a further exhibition of works by Banks Mill artists.

During the event visitors will get the opportunity to talk to artists about their work, buy their products and come away with unique Christmas presents.

Laura Williams, Evolve’s Incubation Manager, said: “Open Studios has been running for more than a decade. It has grown to be such a success that this year we have had to expand the event to accommodate our many visitors at a second venue.

“We are thrilled to launch our Christmas Market for the first time this year, giving shoppers the chance to take away some unique handmade gifts.”

The event begins on Friday November 22, running from 5 – 8pm. Guests will be invited to listen to live music, meet with artists and relax with a glass of wine. The weekend events taking place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November, between 10am - 4pm, will also feature children’s activities including free face painting and an arts trail.

Access to both venues is free and limited car parking will be available at the Enterprise Centre. There is also metered street parking nearby.

For further information about the Banks Mill Open Studios or the business incubation services available at the Mill, visit website www.evolvederby.co.uk or telephone 01332 594170. To find out more about UDC visit www.derby.ac.uk/corporate.