Belper artists to have their work showcased

Mark Langley, Belper artist
Mark Langley, Belper artist
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Two Belper-based artists - fine artist Mark Langley and contemporary artisan David Turner - will join 60 Peak District Artisans at their annual Great Dome Art Fair next month.

The award-winning event takes place on July 18-19 as part of Buxton’s Festival Fringe in The Devonshire Dome, and showcases the diverse range of talent within the group, including artists, ceramicists, furniture makers, designer-makers and artisans.

During the weekend, a selection of members will deliver a number of demonstrations and talks giving insightful examples whilst focusing on their individual styles.

The group’s chairman, Ingrid Karlsson-Kemp said: “The demonstrations are always very popular, whilst the talks are a great opportunity for visitors to meet the artists and appreciate the range of skills we have to offer.”

Twelve members of the group will create specific pieces of work to contribute to a silent auction. Running throughout the weekend, the auction will raise money for local charity Lane End Farm, a working hill farm that provides a simple environment of real quality where disabled and disadvantaged young people can be at one with nature and connect with their beautiful surroundings and the farm animals.

Lane End Farm caters for young adults from all walks of life; inner city, deprived, abused, neglected, disabled (both mentally and physically), or with learning difficulties and behavioural problems.

“We are thrilled and so grateful to be chosen to benefit from the proceeds of the silent auction,” said Steve Shimwell at Lane End Farm. “The artists are generously donating some amazing prizes and the funds raised will go directly towards providing excellent outdoor farm activities for the young adults that attend Lane End Farm.”

The Silent Art Auction will run exclusively for the duration of the fair, commencing at 6pm on the special Friday night preview evening and closing at 3pm Sunday afternoon.

The exhibition runs from 10am – 4.30pm on both days. Admission is free.

For more information and to view a selection of members’ work visit www.peakdistrictartisans.co.uk

Established in 1991, Peak District Artisans is an professional association that represents some the very best artists, designer-makers and artisans based in the Peak District and beyond.

The aim of the group is to promote individual creative businesses through various channels including an annual brochure, joint exhibitions and online activity. The group provides a supportive network of contacts and information for established and developing professional practitioners within the Peak District and surrounding areas.

PDA is a co-operative run and funded by members. The Earl of Burlington has been the group’s President since 2006.

For more information on PDA please visit www.peakdistrictartisans.co.uk