Peak District Artisans’ exhibition at Chatsworth launches silver jubilee year

Vivienne Sillar, one of the Peak District Artisans displaying their work at Chatswroth from January 6 to March 13.
Vivienne Sillar, one of the Peak District Artisans displaying their work at Chatswroth from January 6 to March 13.

Artists, designer-makers and contemporary craftspeople from across the Peak District have put their work on show at Chatsworth.

The 25th annual exhibition by Peak District Artisans at the Duke of Devonshire’s home features the work of 35 of its members.

They include ceramicist Vivienne Sillar of Chesterfield and fine artist Sandra Orme who lives in Buxton.

Vivienne, pictured, has been teaching ceramics and art theory at Chesterfield College since 2000. She has exhibited her works at Derbyshire Open Arts and on the Scottish island of Arran.

Sandra Orme won the Tarmac LTD Landscape Prize at The Derbyshire Open and Best Visual Artist Award, Buxton Festival Fringe, both in 2009. She specialises in pastel painting of land, sea and sky which are inspired by the effect the changing seasons have on the moorland landscapes surrounding her studio.

Ingrid Karlsson-Kemp, chairman of Peak District Artisans, said: “We are incredibly excited about the Spring Showcase, what better way to mark the opening of our 25th anniversary year than by returning to where it all began.”

The group’s connection to the stately home was formed through the late Dowager Duchess who linked up with other Peak District based producers making and offering high quality products to collectively promote their wares, in her case the Chatsworth Farm Shop.

“Over the last twenty-five years the group has evolved in so many ways,” said Ingrid, who lives in Earl Sterndale. “We now have 65 very talented members who each contribute to our annual exhibition programme, as well as running their own art businesses.”

Chatsworth’s head of catering and retail, Richard Palmer said: “Having Peak District Artisans at Chatsworth during our winter opening has been a great addition in previous years, and I am sure our visitors will be so thrilled to see them return in this very special year.”

The exhibition runs daily from 10.30am – 3.30pm until March 13. Admission is free.

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