Our Team

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Pete Singer

Chair, Distribution and Website

Pete is a potter based in Darley Dale. Working mainly in stoneware, making functional pots for use in the house and garden. He is a member of Northern Potters, and the ceramics community based at the Derbyshire Eco Centre in Wirksworth.

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Nigel Winter

Treasurer and website

Not an artist, but enjoys involvement with like-minded people and the opportunity to support this worthwhile event.

Karen Merriman

Karen Merriman


Karen has been involved with Open Arts venues for several years, but more as a tea-maker and cake-server than an artist. This year she helped with the social media publicity for the event and is now involved with the administration as Secretary.

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Jennie Merriman

Website and Brochure Officer

Jennie comes from an embroidery background and now works as a mixed media textile artist. She is a member of textile and printmaking groups in Derbyshire and Sheffield, exhibiting and working with them. Presently her creative work focuses on experimental weaving and constructed 3D pieces.

Emma Turner

Emma Turner

Marketing Officer and Social Media

Emma currently lives in Whaley Bridge within the Peaks and her love for everything art based comes from an early love of photography. Emma has showcased her work previously but is currently focusing on picking up new skills like sewing

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Adrian Holt


Adrian is a ceramics artist based in Glossop. He joined the team in 2011 having exhibited as an artist for the last six Open Arts events. Adrian aims to promote the arts in the north of the county and recognises the important role that the Derbyshire Open Arts plays in this.


Oksana Holbrook


Oksana is a textile artist based in Nottingham. Although mainly a machine knitter, she is passionate about sustainability and recycling. She currently designs and produces hooked rag rugs and wall hangings from recycled and scrap fabric. Her work has a heavy emphasis on colour and pattern with inspiration being drawn from her fascination with stained glass and geometry.

Caroline McFarlane

Caroline McFarlane


Caroline is a portrait artist working in pencil, pastel and oil, creating traditional portraits with a contemporary feel. She also delivers primary school portrait drawing workshops through Practical Portrait Workshops.

Jane Upstone

Jane Upstone

Committee Member

Jane spent her early career working as a graphic designer. After taking a break to raise a family she returned to university to complete a degree in Contemporary Fine Art at Reading University. Following this by training as a teacher and teaching secondary school and sixth form art. In 2015 Jane stopped teaching to pursue her long held dream of becoming a full time professional artist. Her work is mostly 2D and focused on drawing, painting and print making. Her style ranges between semi abstract and abstract, and although the landscape often plays a role influencing her work, she is more interested in the lingering memories associated with places rather than depictions of them. Her work has been exhibited across the UK and is in private collections both in the UK and USA. After moving to Derbyshire in 2022 Jane has found the drama of the Peak District landscape creeping in to influence her work more