Great Dome Art and Design Fair 2019

Buxton’s popular Great Dome Art and Design Fair is returning to the Devonshire Dome this summer, with a new visitor engagement opportunity.

Peak District Artisans’ (PDA) annual event showcases a wide range of affordable, original art by local artists, providing insight into the region’s creative talent. An unmissable event for art and design loverstalk to artists directly, learn more about their creations and purchase unique art work created right here in the Peak District.

Great Dome Art and Design Fair

Part of the Buxton Festival Fringe (which runs from 3rd – 24th July),  The Great Dome Art and Design Fair will see over 40 members of the group exhibiting their original artwork, handmade products and unique gifts. One of the exhibiting members is magazine-collage artist, Giles Davies from Derby who featured on BBC One’s Home Is Where The Art Is.

Speaking about the event, PDA chair and member, Sue Prince said: “The Great Dome Art Fair is the most popular event in our exhibition calendar, offering visitors a huge range of locally designed and created work with prices ranging from £25, up to £2000.”

Take part in live art and create your very own masterpiece

Throughout the weekend, visitors are invited to watch live demonstrations of artists at work. For the first time this year, in a live participation feature, people will be able to contribute to a community folk art painting.

Great Dome Art and Design Fair
Artist, Sue Prince.

Sue, who specialises in creating and leading community folk art projects, explains: “We’re giving visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the creative atmosphere and capture the event. People will be invited to personalise and paint themselves onto a canvas using basic pre-prepared sketched outlines, they’ll also have the opportunity to add their names to the artwork.”

Great Dome Art and Design Fair
Artist, Penny Withers

This year’s event is sponsored by Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust. Speaking about the sponsorship, Trevor said: “Buxton holds a significant influence surrounded by the beauty of the High Peak and it is the appropriate host for the annual Great Dome Art Fair.  The topography of countryside and the beauty of the Town combined to attract and influence artists and gifted artisans who are inspired to create unique work – an abundance of which brings joy and pleasure to the thousands who attend the Fair.

“The art on display not only adds to the town’s cultural reputation but it brings visitors and makes a positive contribution to the local economy.  Where art goes, people follow, and I am delighted to be a supporter of Peak District Artisans.”

Live talks and demonstrations

Saturday 20th July

Brett Payne – Illustrated Talk: ‘What I Make and How I Make It’

2.30pm – 3.00pm – Lecture Theatre

Penny Withers – Pottery throwing Demonstration: ‘Throwing Altered and Flattened Forms’

12pm – 12.45pm, Classroom

Joanna Allen – Printing Demonstration: ‘Collagraph with Chine-Collé Techniques’

3pm – 3.45pm, Classroom

Sunday 21st July

Giles Davies – Illustrated Talk: ‘Creating for one or one million…’

2.30pm – 3pm, Lecture Theatre

Lin Cheung – Painting Demonstration: ‘Creative Play’

12pm – 12.30pm, Classroom

Pam Smart – Painting Workshop (10 places max): ‘Fabulous Flowers’

3pm – 3.45pm, Classroom

In addition to the timetabled talks and demonstration in the Lecture Theatre and Classroom, there will be an additional 10 members doing demonstrations taking place throughout the weekend at their stands.

The Dome Café

The Dome Café will be open for light meals, snacks and refreshments on Saturday and Sunday so you can enjoy a full day of browsing at the fair.

The Great Dome Art Fair takes place at Devonshire Dome, University of Derby, Devonshire Road, Buxton, SK17 6RY,  19th – 21st July 2019. Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm. Preview Evening on Friday will be open 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

Admission is £2 per person.



E: [email protected]

T: 07753 437745 (Peak District Artisans / Membership / General Enquiries)

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