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Throughout July, artists who enjoy a bit of plein air are invited to register at Hopton Hall for their ‘Month of Art’


Once registered, artists may visit Thursdays to Sundays 10.30 am to 4pm throughout July to paint the beautiful grounds. The winning artist will be paid £1,000 for their work, displayed at Hopton Hall.

Address: Hopton Hall, Wirksworth, Matlock, DE4 4DF




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Friend of Derby Sketching Club, Jeremy Bournon has asked to remind you of the Repton Festival running 12th 14th July.

Among the activities is a wine tasting event sampling 6 wines from various regions of France with a talk about a painting from the same region. This will take place 5pm on Sunday 14th in Repton School Library.
The festival also features workshops, comedy, literature, theatre, children’s events film and music events, including a classical guitar recital in St. Wystan’s Church on Friday 12 July at 7pm. Jason is a guitarist and film maker of international renown and, in the beautiful space and ambience of the parish church, this will be an extraordinary musical and visual experience.
Tickets to this weekend extravaganza can be purchased on the Repton Festival website:


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On 22 June Derby Sketching Club visited Manchester. First we went to Manchester Art Gallery, renowned particularly for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings. There were also ceramics by Grayson Perry and contemporary works.

Next stop was the Whitworth Gallery on Oxford Road with its widely varied permanent collection including impressionists, post-impressionist and 20th century works,  wallpapers and textiles. A large exhibition of paintings and drawings by Trinidadian artist John Lyons, ‘Carnivalesque’ was the main event. ‘Death of the Life Room’ was particularly interesting and on a hot, sunny day, some members elected to enjoy the Sculpture Trail in Whitworth Park and draw the landscaped gardens.


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On Friday 3 May Derby Sketching Club held a critique evening hosted by celebrated artist and experienced tutor Margaret Allton.

A varied selection of on-going and finished art work was brought in by our artists to show the group and to receive the constructive advice offered by Margaret.  Within seconds of consideration, Margaret put her finger on how each work could be improved or resolved with her honest and insightful comments. We had buffet refreshments in the break. A very inspiring and entertaining evening where we all learnt a lot.

Thank you Margaret and to all our artists who came along…


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Johny Bermudez (left) receives the Trophy Award 2024

There were over 150 items on show this year, of which 11 were sold.
We also sold many of the high quality greetings cards.

Our adjudicator this year was Margaret Allton,  a well known local artist and leader of many adult art groups. She returned during our evening party and distributed the trophy and certificates before explaining her choices,

The winners this year were:
Trophy: Johny Bermudez
Highly Commended: Lesley Griggs, Tom Burley, Margaret Esler, Marie South, David Llewellyn and Maggie Percival,
Congratulations to them all.


About 160 people signed the visitors’ book, although some passed without signing.

The Visitors’ Choice was:
Joint 1st Lesley Griggs (Milldale)
Lucy Milligan (Raindrops)
2nd Tom Burley (Gardener’s Bothy)
3rd Denise Harvey (Horse’s Head)
There were 586 votes with 11 void,
Best Comment for favourite picture was “Loads!”

Thank you to everyone who orchestrated, took part or visited our show…