Derbyshire Open Arts has launched a You Tube channel to showcase our 2021 Campaign.  Here you will find links to all our videos for the year, as they are launched,  including our Gurus’ advice and encouragement with operating online; Meet the Committee Members and Our Members’ own videos showcasing their work, their journey and their inspiration. 


Meet the Derbyshire Open Arts Team 2021

Here is the Derbyshire Open Arts Committee 2021, introducing themselves and showing some of their work.

Derbyshire Open Arts Artist Interview with Terry Baker

Terry's artwork stems from both the physical and digital manipulation of original photographic images, often using architectural and close-up photography as a starting point.

Hear photographer Terry Baker talking about his practice and influences to David Lowther

Derbyshire Open Arts artist interview with Ben Sherwin

Oil paint is my medium of choice because I can blend vibrant colours and work with texture. Acrylics and charcoal drawings also make up some of my portfolio. Charcoal in particular is effective in creating dark atmospheric skies which I love.

Hear Ben talking to Pete Singer about his love of Derbyshire and The Peak District.

Derbyshire Open Arts artist interview with Sarah Perkins

Sarah is an animal & pet portrait artist based in the centre of Derby, England. My time is divided between customer commissions & my own creative works. Hear her talking to Charlie Collins about her art, missing her studio and her incredible successes.


Derbyshire Open Arts artist interview with Tracey Coverley

Tracey Coverley is a fulltime artist based in Whaley Bridge on the edge of the Peak District. Trained in the 80’s at Loughborough College of Art, she studied Fine Art and specialised in painting. After quitting a long career on the railway to pursue her passion of creating, Tracey took an alternative path and is now working with textiles as her preferred medium.

Derbyshire Open Arts artist interview with Sue Prince

Sue Prince tells stories, responding to current events including the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrating rural life and commenting on our society. She makes her own egg tempera paint, a technique learned in Sweden where she has helped revive this form in its native place.


Our Social Media Gurus

Teaching online using Social Media

Artist, experienced tutor and mentor Sarah Burgess, who’s own work involves print, stitch and construction with paper and fine art textiles talks about her experience of learning to teach on-line live workshops over the last twelve months using Zoom and WhatsApp, starting as a complete beginner with this level of IT.

Selling our work on Social Media

Meet Steve Booton. Steve is one of our Gurus for 2021, and he has agreed to share how he has adapted his practice to lockdown situation to enable him to continue selling and showing his work online. Steve is a potter devoted to the Japanese tradition of wabi sabi. He is starting a brand new Ceramics Festival called ONLY CLAY which has its first event on 6th November 2021 in the heart of Sheffield's Industrial Past: The Kelham Island Museum. Check out his Instagram account and the Only Clay website

Using Social Media in our work

Helen Hallows is one of our Gurus for 2021. She is a mixed media artist of landscape, the environment and the human presence; she is a brilliant mentor and teacher. In 2020 she very successfully moved her practice online, and has agreed to share some of her ideas and advice with Derbyshire Open Arts followers.