Art is a big draw at Buxton Fringe

PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release May 20th 2019

This year’s Visual Arts category at Buxton Fringe (July 3-24) is even bigger than it looks, boasting a major art trail and several massive collaborative shows.

The multi-award-winning Buxton Art Trail, aka The Buxton Biennale, is back with a record-breaking 80 participants exhibiting and creating at venues across the town and beyond on the first weekend.

The awesome Great Dome Art Fair with over 35 Peak District Artisans exhibiting art and crafts is on the final weekend while the impressive Derbyshire Open - a collection of specially selected artworks inspired by the locality - runs throughout the Fringe.

The spa town of Buxton is the subject of the prestigious Buxton Spa Prize Exhibition at the Green Man Gallery. Part of the Fringe for the first time, this plein air competition attracts professional and amateur artists from all over the country. The Green Man Gallery Resident Artists also have their own exhibition, Acts of Making exploring the creative process and the forces of nature through a wide variety of media.

Buxton Photo Challenge invites people to take six photos on six topics in six hours in Buxton’s own Photomarathon. Photography fans will also be interested to see Mountain and Landscape Photography from Geoff Shoults, winner of the 2017 UK Mountain Photograph of the Year and now exhibiting at Jo Royle Outdoor.

Art lovers can enjoy some tea and cakes at the Fringe nominated Burbage Art Group’s wide-ranging 2019 Art Exhibition, now on a Sunday for the first time, or Visit Paula’s Pad to have a cuppa and see Paula Hobdey’s original paintings in her own home studio. Refreshments are also available at Take Ten@2 featuring diverse artists and makers with links to Leek School of Art exhibiting at 2 Rock Terrace.

Stretching the boundaries of artistic experience are Lindsey Piper with Smile, her optimistic art installations round the town, and Yulia Hampton, who is bringing her performance installation Untitled, The Deep Sleep to different locations in the town with a chance for audiences to join the artist in sleep, even on Carnival night.

With 2019’s scheduled reopening of the Crescent plus the excitement surrounding the 40th Buxton Fringe and the Buxton International Festival’s 40th anniversary, the town is in jubilant mood. A Celebration of the Crescent at Buxton Museum explores the history of this magnificent building through pictures from its past, while Fringe40 - 40 Years of Buxton Fringe shares archive photos, programmes and more going right back to the Fringe’s origins in 1980.

Comments Fringe chair Keith Savage: “What we have here is virtually a Festival in its own right and it’s nearly all free! There is so much to enjoy and admire. I look forward to being provoked, challenged and perhaps calmed after the excitement of a long day on the Fringe.”

The Fringe wishes to thank its sponsor The University of Derby as well as financial supporters The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust and High Peak Borough Council, its Fringe Friends and the town’s many Fringe supporters and venues.



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