Arts Derbyshire



Adult education art students in Chesterfield have found the perfect post-Covid tonic after deciding to stage their first public exhibition at the town’s West Studios this summer.


More than two dozen new and long-time amateur artists are putting their final touches to scores of drawings, paintings and prints ready for the eight-day Making Marks launch on Monday 3 July.


The exhibition aims to demonstrate how art marks lives in many different ways while showcasing their own results.  People are being invited to pop in and browse the walls where up to 100 pieces of work will be on view, with some available to buy.


The joint venture with West Studios on Sheffield Road, which works closely with the local creative community to support independent artists, has provided a focus for students who have been busy finishing and dusting off their chosen works.


“There’s been a real buzz in the air since we decided to do this, and just the post Covid tonic we all need,” said Neil Woodall, a professional artist and tutor who leads three weekly art sessions at Derbyshire County Council’s Hunloke Adult Education Centre at Birdholme.


Someone who has never picked up a pencil or brush can work beside someone who is an accomplished artist.  All are accommodated and welcome, with everyone also learning from each other.


“Students are mainly from the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire area but some have been known to come from as far as High Peak and Matlock,” said Neil.


“We’re really hoping the community and like-minded artists will lend us their support and visit the exhibition.  Who knows, it might just inspire others to have-a-go or even join us for the next session of classes in September.”


An official preview evening for invited guests will take place at the studios off Sheffield Road on Friday 30 June prior to the exhibition opening on weekdays from 10am until 4pm.


Occasionally opening hours can be subject to change so it is advisable to call ahead before visiting to avoid disappointment: 01246 500799.  The building has disabled access and on-site car parking.

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