The Green Man Gallery is a magnet for anyone interested in the arts, – for both tourists and locals. Housed in a large Victorian building next to Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, The Green Man has established itself as a unique creative hub and, in the words of one of last year’s Fringe performers, “a home from home for the creative soul”.
The varied programme of events at the gallery continues for 2018, following hugely a successful Buxton Fringe Festival with the gallery again being a key venue this summer.
The exterior of the building may be dilapidated but inside the gallery is spacious, bright, welcoming and jam-packed with original art and crafts by resident and guest artists working in a huge variety of media. Workshops, classes, drop-in events, live music gigs and regular performances on the quirky corner stage are planned for the rest of 2018.
Learn something new – draw, paint, sketch…
Art workshops at the gallery are a regular feature, so if you fancy having a go at life drawing, sketching or just exploring art as a complete beginner, now is your chance. During opening hours, there are always artists on duty to ask questions and have a chat with – and of course while you’re here you can look at the exhibition and also enjoy a tea or coffee and relax in the comfortable seating area. Check their Facebook page for the latest events.
A profusion of purple
Each summer the resident artists who manage and run the gallery create a joint exhibition which inspires them to try out new ideas and new presentations methods. Last summer’s ‘Wildness and Wet’ exhibition was highly acclaimed and was nominated for a Visual Arts Award at Buxton Fringe. “This year we’ve gone for a much more abstract theme,” says Caroline.
The starting point was a colour – ultra-violet – and the exhibition’s title, “Something Like the Colour Purple” has encouraged the artists to experiment. Photographer Caroline is using ultra-violet light to illuminate the flowers in her garden. “It’s definitely an experiment and been fun to try.” Textile artist Fiona Jubb has created a series of new 3D pieces using wet-felting and llsa Elford has created an unusual installation using UV-sensitive paint to be viewed by one person at a time.
Something Like the Colour Purple is on until 30th August and as always, entry is free. Please note, this exhibition can only be reached via two flights of stairs.
Entry is free and there are always artists on duty if you want to know more about the art on display.
The Green Man Gallery is a short walk from Spring Gardens up Terrace Road. It is situated behind Buxton Museum and Art Gallery at Hardwick Hall, Hardwick Square South, Buxton SK17.
July: every day, 10.30am to 5.30pm.
August: 10.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 11.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday. Closed to the public on Thursday.
Entry is free.
The Green Man Gallery, Hardwick Hall, Hardwick Square South, SK17 6PY Buxton