About Us

Derbyshire Open Arts is a friendly, not for profit, visual arts organisation. It organises and promotes a free, annual event on the Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May. The event gives artists and crafts people the opportunity to open their studios to the public or exhibit with others in a combined venue such as a village hall or art gallery. It gives visitors an opportunity to see the breadth of art that is created in Derbyshire, to meet the creators and to purchase or commission works direct from the maker.

In 2016 nearly 300 artists and crafts people took part, selling and exhibiting work in many different venues countywide. 2017 marks its 11th year. Derbyshire Open Arts continues to be funded entirely by artists' subscriptions and is run by volunteers. It is a formally constituted organisation which exists solely for its members who are artists, artisans, arts organisations, galleries and those with an interest in the arts in Derbyshire.  

For more information about the committee please see

 Our Team.

The object of Derbyshire Open Arts is to:

  • Advance public learning and understanding of the diverse range of art across Derbyshire.
  • Provide a free opportuniy for the public to engage with exhibiting and practising artists at work, and in their own workspace.
  • Other events may also be considered by the committee

Our Main Aims:

  • Encourage a comprehensive and diverse range of artists to show and sell their work to the public in their working environment or at other venues.
  • Provide opportunities for artists to network with others, sell artwork and gain in professional development
  • Ensure no restrictions to participation on grounds of qualifications, grass roots levels particularly being encouraged
  • Include all contemporary artists aspiring to or who have achieved professional status
  • Ensure entries are of a nature and quality deemed suitable for the event
  • Help raise the economic and artistic profile of the region
  • Ensure equal opportunities for all artists and the viewing public

Looking ahead    

Each year visitors make around 17,000 visits to venues at our event and make a day of it over the Spring Bank Holiday. The event is free and family friendly. Brochures are available across and beyond the county in libraries, tourist information centres, many other visitor centres and at local shops and with our artists.  A copy of the brochure is placed on our website when ready in April and further details of artists taking part can also be found on our website.


For more details or to comment contact us at  info@derbyshireopenarts.co.uk.  You can also follow us on facebook and twitter.