Prior to the main exhibition programme which starts in March Studio 61 Gallery likes to showcase up and coming artists or community groups this year’s slot is being taken by The Belper Arts Collaborative a new community group who are providing a focal point for artists and makers within Belper and its surrounding area and believe passionately that the artistic community is a major component of the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of Belper.
Their aims are:
•to offer a structured guide to our artistic community, what is happening, where and when it is happening and who is doing it
•to promote artists and makers and raise awareness of them in the wider Belper community
•to pursue the provision of permanent studio, workshop, gallery and exhibition space to the benefit of artists and the public at large.
The group are using the exhibition opportunity given by Friends of Studio 61 to launch the group officially before they continue their plans for the Arts section of the Belper Arts Festival in May. The group are planning a programme of events for the festival including a showcase exhibition, charity art auction, The Big Belper Sketchbook and Art in the Park. The group is looking for local artists and makers to get in touch with them to contribute to these events as well as being listed on their brand new website. http://belperarts.org/
The exhibition runs now until March at the gallery which is open from 10 -530pm Tuesday to Saturday.
March sees the beginning of the official exhibition programme as well as The Artist in the Window with talented painter Michelle Pearson showing casing her recent works.