Barnstorming: Peak District Artisans’ quartet to exhibit in hay barn for Derbyshire Open Arts 2014

Peak District ArtisansPeak District Artisans’ members Michéla Griffith, Janet Mayled, Sue Prince and Cheryl Wilbraham are set to exhibit their work as part of the annual Derbyshire Open Arts (DOA) event over the late May bank holiday weekend, which this year falls on Saturday 24 May to Monday 26 May 2014 inclusive.  The group’s event at The Haybarn, Beechenhill Farm nr. Ilam, Ashbourne, will open earlier than many DOA events at 10.30am (so could provide the morning coffee for your day out) and it continues until 5.00pm each day, perfect for afternoon tea.  Admission is free.

County favours are split equally – two of the artists live and work in Derbyshire and two in Staffordshire.  On show will be a vibrant and eclectic selection of mixed media images, narrative folk art, botanical paintings and fine art photography.  Homemade cakes, tea and coffee will be available with funds raised by the sale of refreshments going to two local charities, Alstonefield and Wetton First Responders, and Friends of the Peak District.

The event will be the first time that three of the artists have entered DOA and offers an opportunity to see the work of three of the newest Peak District Artisans – members Sue, Janet and Michéla – who are being joined by Cheryl, who is both an established PDA member and a previous participant in DOA.

Cheryl said “It’s a fantastic opportunity to be able to show our work in such a beautiful setting and in such a lovely venue.  Derbyshire Open Arts is a great way of sharing what you do and some of the ideas and processes that are entailed in producing a work of art with other people. Beechenhill Farm is an award-winning organic farm at the heart of the beautiful White Peak, set on a south-facing hillside above the pretty village of Ilam near the Derbyshire – Staffordshire border, close to popular Dovedale.  The cosy Haybarn along with the rest of the farm has excellent ‘green’ credentials and over the last few years the farm has reduced its carbon footprint from 41 tonnes to 14.4 tonnes by installing a range of renewable technologies.

For more information on the event including directions and to view each members’ work visit


For more information, please contact venue co-ordinator Sue Prince, telephone 01335 310274  or email

Notes for Editors

1.    A composite image is provided which shows (clockwise from top left) work by Michéla Griffith, Janet Mayled, Cheryl Wilbraham and Sue Prince.

2.    About the Artists

Michéla Griffith’s “Streamscapes” – studies of light and water from the River Dove – are sometimes mistaken for paintings and show the potential of the camera as a creative tool.  Her work has been commended in national and local competitions, and has featured in publications including “Artsbeat”, “Staffordshire Life” and “The Derbyshire Magazine”.   For more see

Janet Mayled uses acrylics, watercolour and dye to create bold and vivid images; using other media such as papers, fabric to add depth and texture.  Recording from a range of subject matter such as landscapes, both rural and urban scenes enjoying the juxtaposition of new and old, natural and synthetic, still life and figurative.   Janet’s work has been featured in the ‘The Artist Magazine’.  For more see

Sue Prince is an award-winning, contemporary, narrative folk artist painting rural life, society and processes. Inspired by 18th century Swedish bonader (painted wall hangings) and now instrumental in the revival of this artform in Sweden, she makes her own egg tempera paints using eggs from her organic Peak District Farm.  Sue’s work is in public galleries in Serbia, Sweden and Slovenia as well as many private collections in England.  For more see

Cheryl Wilbraham is an award winning botanical artist and tutor; she is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists and holds a RHS silver gilt medal.  Her watercolour paintings are fresh, vibrant and contemporary, retaining an element of immediacy whilst combining technical accuracy with artistic beauty. Her work is held in private collections nationally and internationally.  For more see

3.    Peak District Artisans:  Established in 1991, Peak District Artisans is a professional association that represents some the very best artists, designer-makers and artisans based in the Peak District and beyond.  The aim of the group is to promote individual creative businesses through various channels including an annual brochure, joint exhibitions and on-line activity. PDA is a registered business and a limited company. They are a co-operative run and funded by members. The Earl of Burlington has been the group’s President since 2006.  For more see


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