Derbyshire Open Arts 2014

I took part in Derbyshire Open Arts for the first time in 2014. Held over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, the Studio was rarely empty and more often heaving with visitors. The preparation work was quite onerous but judged very worthwhile once the dust had settled!

This annual Open Studio event has been held across the County since 2006 and its organisation and promotion relies entirely on artists' subscriptions and the resources of a Committee staffed by volunteers. Obviously the collective efforts of over 100 artists and craftspeople is fundamental but the Committee plans it, pulls it all together and promotes it via brochures and its website. The prodigious scale of this effort is clear and unfortunately the present Committee has been depleted to the extent that the event will not take place in 2015. It is hoped that this hiatus will allow a rejuvenated and refreshed Committee to re-launch the event in 2016.