A lot of people braved the very changeable weather yeaterday to visit the final day of the Discovery Days Festival.  There were lots of events going on throughout the Derwent Valley including at Cromford Mill and Canal.  There was an Artist and Craft Makers Fair, as well as an exhibition by the Friends of the Cromford Canal – which might sound a bit boring, but it was very interesting, looking at all the old photographs and reading about how the canal was constructed. I met a very interesting lady who was a member of The Sheepwash Spinners who were giving a demonstration/exhibition. Local to the area, she told me how she had composed and performed her song about the red tape produced in Wirksworth; she then proceeded to give me an impromptu performance which was fantastic!!

Again, there was some positive comments about my installation – ‘Like a piece of theatre’, ‘Excellent and fascinating’ as well as one that really struck a chord, ‘ Beautiful – it must have taken ages to put up!’

Although the Festival is now over my installation will remain in situ until the end of November – so pop along and view it in the very building that was one of the main inspirations for the piece.

I have found time to explore a little more of the area, and dodging the showers yesterday, spent time viewing the sculptures in the garden of Chatsworth House. Although the Beyond Limits exhibition is officially over, there was still plenty to see. As usual the exhibition had attracted some big names, Tony Cragg, Marc Quinn and Thomas Heatherwick to start with!

I really liked thisDSC_1531 piece by Unus Safardiar called The Lens. After a downpour and with the sun shining through it, it sparkled and glistened as though coated with a frost.

Cyclone Twist

I also loved this one called Cyclone Twist by Alice Aycock.

Not only were there glorious sculptures, the garden itself was full of jewels, with the autumnal colours glistening in the rain and sunshine. I particularly loved the vibrancy of this swiss chard plant in the kitchen gardens.Swiss ChardI also came across GalleryTop on the Chatsworth Road in Rowsley, a small but perfectly formed gallery with some wonderful work in it. I particularly liked the prints by Ross Loveday. One of his inspirations is the North Norfolk coast and I too love that area; his print, I think it was North Creake, immediately brought to mind those windswept marshes and the haunting calls of the birds. Both the gallery and Ross’s work are well worth a look!

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