Welcome to Derbyshire Open Arts 2020

This year we're excited to announce there are 235 artists exhibiting at 75 venues throughout Derbyshire.

Over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, artists can be found in fascinating and surprising corners of Derbyshire. It is the perfect excuse to explore our beautiful county and visit inspiring work spaces including traditional studios, pubs, inspirational gardens, a hay barn, tuck shop and many others.

This free event sees artists and makers opening their doors to the public, to exhibit, sell and talk about their work. You will find them practicing a wide range of techniques, with specialists in printmaking, painting, drawing, textiles, ceramics, metalwork and much, much more. To explore the many different genres of art on your phone or tablet try one of the many searches on this website to find which artist does what, where they are and how to get there. You can use our Google route planner to plan your own trail using artist’s postcodes or download one drawn up by the artists themselves.

We request that artists ensure all material on show is suitable for family viewing.  Many venues will be accessible to wheelchairs, use the website ‘disabled search filter’ or check each venue’s information. Derbyshire Open Arts is a volunteer led organisation, run for and by artists and supporters of the arts in Derbyshire.  It is funded entirely by artists’ subscriptions and our brochure advertisers.  We distribute brochures throughout Derbyshire and beyond the borders, in libraries, tourist information centres, hotels, galleries, cafes etc. Or you can download a brochure from this website March onwards.

Finally; if you are inspired by what you have seen and experienced through Derbyshire Open Arts, why not join our team? You can contact us to offer help with the 2021 event via info@derbyshireopenarts.co.uk

Most importantly, enjoy the event!

Jennie Merriman (Chair)

PS. Over the Bank Holiday weekend keep up to date on Social Media with our photographer/reporter and help us by sharing what catches your eye.