Immerse yourself in art at The Green Man Gallery in Buxton in 2018
The new season brings the work of over 60 artists to The Green Man Gallery with new guest exhibitions throughout April, May and June, along with new classes and workshops and gigs by musicians from America, France and the UK. There are also new exhibitions by the gallery’s 13 resident artists and a huge range of cards, prints and gifts at very affordable prices.
The Spring Gathering Open Exhibition
April’s headline exhibition is the Spring Gathering which features the work of 45 artists from the Peak District and its borders and includes over 70 original art works in oils, acrylics, water colours, mixed media, print-making, textile art, photography, ceramics and wood carvings. Now in its third year, this open exhibition has attracted more artists than ever and will fill two large exhibition rooms at the gallery.
“We’re overwhelmed by the response this year and the standard is very high,” says Events Manager, Caroline Small. “It’s a fascinating snapshot of the creative activity in our region.”
“We’ve had a difficult start to the year,” says Caroline. “The bad weather has disrupted several events and footfall has been a bit low. This exhibition should lift everyone’s spirits!”
Guest artists welcome
One of the gallery’s aims is to celebrate and support the creation of new work and its programme of exhibitions help to give visual art a growing significance and presence in the centre of Buxton.
In May the gallery welcomes a group of artists from Vernon Mill in Stockport with their exhibition , ‘Five Perspectives’, and in June the guest slot will be taken by three artists from Nottinghamshire with ‘Passion for the Peak’. There is also space for artists who are just starting out and in April and May you can view ‘True Colours’, a special exhibition in the gallery’s Workshop Room of art by young people in care who are part of the Make It Buxton project, run by artist Claire Parker.
New members, new work
The resident artists have also welcomed another new Associate Member, Trudy Roe. “Trudy’s exquisite Artist Books and clocks have been on sale in our shop for a few years,” says Caroline, “so we’re delighted she’s joining the team and starting to display her monoprints and etchings as well.”
In between managing events at the gallery, Caroline has also been developing two new photographic collections, ‘I Went to the Woods’ and ‘The Properties of Water’ which will be exhibited in April. The team as a whole has created ‘Zoom In, Zoom Out’, an exhibition on the stairs and landings, which starts with close-up work and moves out to wider angles.
Creative opportunities – for all ages
Easter sees the start of a new regular event, Sketchbook Club, which is aimed at artists 16 and above who want to develop their sketchbook through new weekly challenges. Resident artist, Charlie Collins, will run these sessions every Friday starting on 30th March from 3pm to 4.15pm. “It will be mutually supportive,” says Caroline, “and although there’s no upper age limit, we hope it will encourage students and younger adults to give themselves some focused drawing time at the end of the week.”
For even younger people, ‘Young Yoga’ for 8 to 12 year olds has just begun in the gallery’s Workshop Room. The classes, run by established dance teacher, Kerry Allsop, approach yoga in a creative way using games and other approaches suitable for children.
All ages can drop in and have a go at something new on 21ist April when the gallery hosts ‘Yarns & Threads’, a day of demonstrations and activities celebrating traditional crafts including crochet, lace-making, knitting and stitching.
Live music venue
As well as creating a vibrant hub for visual arts and crafts, the gallery has also earned a great reputation as a unique music venue which brings performers from far and wide to its quirky corner stage. “Although we can only seat a maximum of 60 people, we have ballroom acoustics which make the gallery an amazing place to perform.”
Musicians love the gallery’s atmosphere and acoustics so much that they return again and again: the programme for April May and June includes the UK’s Sarah McQuaid and Hungrytown from the US for the third time, Tildon Krautz from France and Harp & A Monkey (all the way from Lancashire) for the second time.
“Gigs at The Green Man are very special,” says Caroline. “These brilliant touring musicians have become friends and their commitment to the gallery is much appreciated.”
Enjoy a tea or coffee when you visit the gallery
Visitors can combine their gallery visit with a tea or coffee – a super alternative to you usual coffee shop, with a seating area for you to take it easy and enjoy the art work around you. The gallery artists have made this a place you come and relax and escape the hustle and bustle of life – you might be inspired to create something of your own too – there are a wide range of workshops planned for 2018 – check out their programme of events online.
The Green Man Gallery is a short walk from Spring Gardens up Terrace Road. It is situated behind Buxton Museum & Art Gallery.
Opening hours are 10.30am to 4.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. 11.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday. The gallery is closed to the public on Thursday. Entry is free.
The Green Man Gallery, Hardwick Hall, Hardwick Square South, Buxton SK17 6PY
Tel: 01298 937375