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Contemporary Places and Spaces

Here in Derbyshire we are fortunate to play host to a number of fantastic contemporary art spaces. From galleries, to studios, to workshops there is something to suit everybody’s artistic needs.

You may also want to read our coverage of the cultural places of note in the County, or upcoming festivals and well dressings.

Featured Studio: Long Eaton Art Room

Long Eaton Art Room EventLong Eaton Art Rooms is a vibrant part of the arts scene in Derbyshire nestled in the heart of Long Eaton.

What else is there? 

From the prehistoric to the present!
The oldest art-work you'll see in Derbyshire are the cave paintings at Creswell Crags. If you want something a little more modern, try one of the galleries below. 

Buxton Museum & Art Gallery
A busy programme of temporary exhibitions takes place throughout the year in three temporary exhibition galleries. Plus there are events and workshops.
A half yearly programme leaflet is available from the museum, your local Derbyshire library or tourist information centre. Most artists hold previews for their exhibitions and you are invited to join them. You can also join the mailing list for invitations. Applications are welcomed from all artists, whether emerging or well-established, to show their work in the galleries. Buxton Museum & Art Gallery

The Derwent Gallery Gallery 52
The Derwent Gallery is set in the beautiful Peak District countryside close to Chatsworth House and Stanage Edge. We showcase and sell images that relate directly to the landscape we are privileged to be situated in. All of the exhibited paintings in the gallery are local landscapes and most of the artists are from the local area and have come to us to display their work as we live and work alongside each other. The Derwent Gallery setup is idyllic, from the backdrop to the displays inside and the hard work that the gallery and the artists go to make it all a pleasure to visit and become a part of.

Studio 61 Gallery
Studio 61 Gallery is a working artist's studio, run by artist Karina Goodman, and also has an exhibition space for artists and craftspeople. Work can be bought in the gallery ranging from visual arts, jewellery and ceramics to cards and gifts. All work exhibited is by British artists, with many of the featured artists being from Derbyshire.

Gallery 52
Gallery 52 is situated in an old cow shed in Brailsford, presenting a wide variety of art, sculpture, ceramics and accessories. We offer a relaxed atmosphere for customers to look at and enjoy our wide range of arts and crafts and should you feel that you want to take part of your experience home with you, we offer prices from as little as a couple of pounds.

Ideally situated en route to Chatsworth, gallerytop brings together the work of artists and designers with people searching for beautiful things for their homes.  Curating eight or nine exhibitions per year, the gallery sells original art including painting, limited edition prints, sculpture, ceramics, glass and jewellery.

The Green Man Gallery
Located in Buxton on the High Street, The Green Man Gallery is run by a collective of artists and craftspeople devoting two floors of exhibition space to showcasing the work of exciting art from the local art scene as well as space for guest artists to show their work.

The Studios
Established in 2013, The Studios in New Mills promotes the work of contemporary artists with a lively exhibition programme and events through the year. The gallery works with artists to produce a series of co-curated events and exhibitions in the gallery that is used as an experimental space for contemporary art.

Harrington Mill Studios
Harrington Mill Studios is an exhibition space set within a working studio. The complex boasts 18 artists’ studios and an exhibition space which has helped to raise the profile of the studios by participating in art exchanges with artists from Sweden, Chicago and Korea. 2012 was an exciting year for Harrington Mill Studios, with showcases in Seoul, South Korea and artist Rose Pritchard from Chicago exhibiting at HMS in May.

King George Gallery
The King George Gallery is a contemporary and stylish Gallery at the very heart of the Ormiston Ilkeston Academy. "We often run workshops and activities as well as special exhibitions that are open to the wider community and we also play a lead part in the annual Ilkeston Festival Where we host an exciting mix of exhibitions, performances and many other events."

The Created Gallery
You can find The Created Gallery in Chesterfield on Chatsworth Road where you will find the gallery full of the work of Derbyshire designers and makers.

The Lally GalleryLally Gallery
The Lally Gallery at Erewash Museum is a contemporary display space showcasing an array of exciting exhibitions and in house displays ranging from photography to cartoonists, fine arts to textiles and historical artefacts. An accessible and engaging space set within the historic museum building in Ilkeston Town Centre. Erewash Museum, Derbyshire Museum of the Year 2011, is FREE admission and is open Tuesday Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 4pm, last admission is at 3:30pm. 


Derbyshire Open Arts - the biggest gallery of them all! 

Don't forget to put Derbyshire Open Arts in your diary - for 3 days in early summer, Derbyshire turns into one gigantic gallery as over 100 venues display the work of over 200 artists and craftspeople. The public are invited to view and purchase work as well as take the opportunity to meet the visual arts professionals and find out more about what they do. The event is free and you can pick up a free brochure at all Peak District & Derbyshire Tourist Information Centres, Visitor Centres, Libraries and Derby Arts box scheme. 

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