Art in the Octagon – See artists demonstrate their creative processes

Art in the Octagon

Ever seen a fantastic art exhibition that’s left you wondering how the artist did it? This summer will see a return of High Peak Artists’ flagship annual event Art in the Octagon. Taking place over three days from July 10th – 12th, the event will feature thirty members of the group, not only displaying and selling their work but demonstrating their creative process.

Art in the Octagon

Held in the iconic Octagon Hall at the beautiful Pavilion Gardens, Art in the Octagon takes place during the famous Buxton Festival and is featured in the Buxton Festival Fringe where it was nominated last year for the Best Visual Arts Event.

No ordinary show, every artist and maker will be demonstrating some element of their talent. An additional treat is a special Guest Artist. This year, it is world-renowned, award-winning wildlife artist Eric Wilson, who will be demonstrating his painting in front of the stage.

Art in the Octagon
Artist and painter Eric Wilson

If that isn’t enough to get your art vibe going, Peter Nelson will bring a lathe to demonstrate his woodturning techniques; textile artist Anne Humberstone will be setting up a peg loom to demonstrate weaving; Adele Kime will show a variety of jewellery making techniques; Pauline Townsend will produce a special silk painting and will invite the public to have a go themselves; Liz Swift will be demonstrating needle felting; printmaker Louise Jannetta will show you the intricacies of Intaglio Printing and Momigami and mixed media.

Art in the Octagon
Wood Turner Peter Nelson
Art in the Octagon
Jewellery by Adele Kime

The cornucopia of creativity will continue with Tamsin Cunningham, working her magic on producing a mandala; ceramic artist Ruth Robinson will show you how she makes her famous grumpy pots; glass artist Sarah Myatt will decorate and emboss floral glass panels and show the stages of how she builds up them through her sketch books; photographer Andrew Brooks will be showing you how he achieves his spectacular digital effects wizardry; Tracey Coverley will explain how she creates portraits purely by stitch and Pam Smart will be demonstrating pen and wash sketching.

Art in the Octagon
Work by Tracey Coverley
Art in the Octagon
Andrew Brooks – Photography

This is only a small selection of the many artists and makers you will be able to watch at work at this unique event and the best bit? Entry is completely free!

While you’re there, be sure to visit Gallery in the Gardens where all 43 members sell their work and Waterstones will also have a pop- up book shop in the room next door. It’s sure to be a great day out!

Opening times for Art in the Octagon are: Monday 10th July: 1pm – 5pm; Tues 11th & Wed 12th July 10am – 5pm, Admission is free.

Gallery in the Gardens, Pavilion Gardens, St. John’s Road, Buxton, SK17 6BE

T: 07849 673058 / 01298 23114


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