The photo shows (l to r)  Dave Mowle, Trustee of the Grand Pavilion venue, Anna-Louise Pickering, Pollyanna Pickering and (front) children Lucy Morris and Alfie Mowle

The photo shows (l to r) Dave Mowle, Trustee of the Grand Pavilion venue, Anna-Louise Pickering, Pollyanna Pickering and (front) children Lucy Morris and Alfie Mowle

Local award-winning wildlife artist Pollyanna Pickering, today visited the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the Pavilion Matlock Bath, and declared it an inspiration to young people to take their digital camera outside and experiment!

 “These are the winning photographs in a competition run by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine.  The photos in the ‘aged under 17’ categories are amazing. They show you don’t have to travel to exotic places to get interesting shots – a beach or a bird table can be a good place to start.”

Pollyanna’s daughter Anna-Louise, who is a wildlife photographer herself, agreed. “ The range and quality of the photos in the exhibition are inspiring to us all, from an ant on a silhouetted leaf to a majestic whale.

“ Of course the quality of many photographs reflects years of experience, and the willingness of photographers to work in challenging, uncomfortable or even dangerous circumstances. But the young people’s section reminds us it is about observing wildlife where you are, looking for opportunities and having a lot of patience!

“So visit and be inspired by the exhibition, and then grab your camera, go outside and have a go!!”

The exhibition is open daily 10.30 – 4.30pm from 14th July to 2nd September 2012. Admission for a family is just £10. More information at http://www.thegrandpavilion.co.uk.

Notes to Editors:

  1. About the event

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition. This is the 47th year in which the exhibition has been shown first in the Natural History Museum in London, and it then tours to national and international venues.

The exhibition is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine.   BBC Wildlife Magazine helps its readers to get closer to nature and to understand, experience and enjoy wildlife through spectacular photography and fascinating features. Find out more at www.bbcwildlifemagazine.com

2   Information about photographs and assistance with images:


For more information and high resolution versions of exhibition images, please contact Sarah Baldwin, Communications Officer at Natural History Museum, on +44 (0)20 7942 5156 or email: wildpress@nhm.ac.uk

Up to seven images can be published as long as the mandatory credit – photographer’s name and Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine – appears in the copy.

3 About the exhibition sponsor


Veolia Environnement, a world leader in environmental services, has been the proud sponsor of the competition for three years. This year Veolia Environnement will also be sponsoring the UK regional tour. With more than 300,000 employees worldwide, it provides tailored solutions to meet the needs of municipal, commercial and industrial customers to reduce their environmental impact in water, waste and energy management as well as freight and passenger transport. Please note, Veolia Environnement is the official company name with a French spelling. For more information, please visit www.veolia.co.uk


4  About the venue and the community group responsible for it


The Grand Pavilion was built in 1910 as a theatre and venue to entertain the tourists who, even then, visited Matlock Bath in large numbers. The building sits in the Matlock Bath Conservation Area and is half a mile from the edge of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.


The Grand Pavilion remained a theatre and venue until 1993, when it was converted into a nightclub. The nightclub closed in 2008. The lower floor has continued in use by the Peak District Mining Museum and Matlock Bath Parish Council. The Grand Pavilion is listed as ‘a theatre in danger’ at the Theatres Trust and is viewed as important by Derbyshire Dales District Council and Derbyshire County Council.


The vision is for the main hall to be used as a theatre again, available for local and regional use. Other proposed use includes a community heritage room, a café, a community space, exhibition space, offices and a dome room.


The Grand Pavilion Ltd started life as a campaign group opposing the sale of the building by Derbyshire Dales District Council. The Council was persuaded to give six months for a feasibility study to be drawn up. In the meantime the group set up a limited company and in February 2011 registered as a charity. The community group signed a lease on 10 February 2012, and is now responsible for the building’s future.

For more information on the Pavilion’s history: Charles Beresford  01629 56785  (mob) 07887728205


5 About the promoter

Crane Gregory Projects Ltd is a social enterprise. It finances and organises public events which in their delivery support the development of other enterprises, particularly community enterprises.  For example, by bringing an exhibition with an international reputation to the Grand Pavilion, it gives impetus to their ambition to become a regional venue. By working with the Peak Mining Museum to provide a shared reception, it augments their income and uses their skills and experience. By working with the local Community Rail Line it seeks to bring more visitors by train to the area.

For more information see website: http://www.cranegregory.com

Helen Crane, Director, Crane Gregory Projects Ltd

Tel 01629 534575   (mob)  077667 12839


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