Visit Banks Mill Studios during the popular Derbyshire Open Arts festival on 28 & 29 May to meet eleven artists, designers and makers all under one roof. You can meet our artists in their working studios and buy or commission original artwork and handmade products direct from the artists themselves.
One maker taking part this year is local Rolleston artist Michael Hill. Michael is a self-taught abstract artist who, over the past four years, has developed an eclectic mix of themes, styles, and media. He experiments with application processes, materials, and surfaces. The result is a combination of conflicting shapes, contrasting colours and variations in texture.
Michael comments: “My inspiration stems from a lifelong interest in art and a period of illness in early 2018 which gave me the impetus to create my own work. I focus on abstract art as I am fascinated by the interaction of shape, space and colour and the boundless possibilities this gives across various mediums.
I tend to work organically having an idea in mind, but which often develops into something else as the creative process takes place. This is what I find exciting about abstract art – you never know what you will end up with and the end product is always open to interpretation by the viewer.”
Michael will be showcasing his work at the Derbyshire Open Arts event at Banks Mill with ten other artists and work on show will include fine art, printmaking, ceramics, pottery, mixed media art, textiles and mosaics.
With free entry the studios, on Bridge Street, Derby, DE1 3LB, will be open from 10am-5pm each day.
Karen Holland, Banks Mill Co-ordinator comments: “The festival is a great opportunity for the public to visit our artists in their studios to find out about how they design and make their items and it’s reassuring to know that your purchase is an original, handmade piece. Some of our artists will also demonstrate their making techniques during the weekend and we’ve also put together a children’s art trail to keep them engaged too.”
Banks Mill is a real hive of creativity, home to artists and designer-makers with exceptional talents covering; fine art, jewellery, photography, fashion, weaving and more. Studios are available for those wanting a location for their business or productive workspace with stepped rents offering flexibility as well as training opportunities and business support.
For more information visit www.banksmill.co.uk/darts2022 or ring 01332 597866. To download a festival brochure and map visit www.derbyshireopenarts