Exhibitions in Derbyshire - September 2014

Xu Bing constructing Tao Hua Yuan: A Lost Village Utopia at Chatsworth

Xu Bing constructing Tao Hua Yuan: A Lost Village Utopia at Chatsworth - Credit: Archant

A round-up of exhibitions during September

Watercolour landscape by Annesley Cary

Watercolour landscape by Annesley Cary - Credit: Archant

Exhibit Gallery

Annesley D H Cary was the last Principal of Sheffield College of Art before it was subsumed into Sheffield Polytechnic in 1969. His work ranges from the 1930s in London, through to the war years in Burma, and on to landscape watercolours of the English countryside in the post-war years. A highly regarded pupil of R V Pitchforth and Gilbert Spencer at the Royal College of Art, his paintings and drawings offer an affordable and accessible route into Modern British art. This exhibition throughout September at the gallery in Rowsley coincides with the launch of a monograph on the artist by John Basford. Gallery opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-2pm.

Tarpey Gallery

An exhibition by Kerri Pratt, winner of the gallery’s Midlands Open Main Prize and the Jonathan Vickers Art Prize 2014, is on show at the Castle Donington gallery until 20th Sept. Entitled ‘Point Place Time’ it features both larger scale pieces and intimate smaller-scale works. Inspired by travel, personal encounters and experiences of new places, Kerri’s work focuses on the process of painting. She aims to produce ‘something with an element of familiarity to intrigue and engage the viewer to connect to their own experiences, thoughts and memories.’

Derby Cathedral Centre

‘Passing Moments’ by photographer Jean Chapman is on show from 1st to 30th September, Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm. Jean graduated as a mature student from the University of Derby in 2013 and has been acclaimed for her evocative photographs. She says, ‘My current focus is with water. I find the reflections seen in rivers, lakes and puddles fascinating. The impressions and emotions evoked by these fleeting moments can be intriguing and mystifying.’

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Banks Mill, Derby

The results of local artist Victoria Brown’s Blossom project will be on show at Banks Mill Studios, 71 Bridge Street, Derby, from 15th September to 12th October, Monday to Friday 10am-3pm. The project saw Victoria as artist in residence at the National Trust’s Hardwick Hall, hosting ‘pop up’ Blossom studios in various Derbyshire venues, and holding ‘family friendly’ creative workshops.

Ridgeway Gallery

Julian Mason is returning to the Bakewell Gallery for his sixth solo exhibition from the 12th to 27th September. Acknowledged as one of the country’s finest landscape artists, Julian’s love of the unique beauty of the Peak District, Lake District and Cornwall shines out in his atmospheric paintings. Gallery owner Sarah Ridgeway comments: ‘This latest collection of Julian’s work embodies his desire to go deeper into understanding the essence and diverse nature of the natural landscape. Allowing the brush to move with freedom to form colour and shape, creates immediate and intense studies which encourage us to respond with the soul as well as the mind.’

Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm; also Sundays 14th and 21st September, 10am-4pm.

Beyond Limits

This year’s ‘Beyond Limits’ contemporary outdoor sculpture exhibition at Chatsworth will feature over 20 works. These include the most ambitious work to date by one of China’s best-known and highly acclaimed artists, Xu Bing, as well as work by Marc Quinn, Christopher Le Brun, Lori Park, Aristide Maillol, Eduardo Chillida and Baltasar Lobo. From 8th September to 26th October, 11am-6pm.