About Us

Derbyshire Open Arts organises and promotes an annual art event on the Spring Bank Holiday and the ensuing week 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 2017 nearly 230 artists and craftspeople took part, selling and exhibiting work in many different venues countywide. 2018 marks its 12th 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 platform for artists to promote their work.
  • Provide a free opportunity for the public to engage with exhibiting and practicing artists at work, and in their own workspace.

Our Main Aims:

  • To facilitate and promote a festival that will meet the needs of Derbyshire’s visual arts community
  • To 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.
  • To promote the festival in ways that engage the interest and enthusiasm of the visiting public.
  • Provide opportunities for artists to network with others, sell artwork and gain in professional development
  • To help raise the economic and artistic profile of the region

Further information

All venues are free to visit. In addition to the information on this website, there is a free, downloadable Brochure, available by clicking here after the end of March 2018, when the new brochure will be available. Printed brochures are available across and beyond Derbyshire in libraries, tourist information centres, hotels, pubs, local shops and with our artists.

Should you need to get in touch with us, we can be contacted via email at info@derbyshireopenarts.co.uk. Or by phone at 07534 548333 (please be aware that being a volunteer led organisation, this number is not continually monitored.)  You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.