News and Updates

November 2019


Claire Botterill demonstrated her mixed media technique of using ink, wax crayons and watercolour to enhance texture, colour and lighting her pictures.




October 2019


Alison Stafford specialises in equine and canine portraits that capture their character. She led a very enjoyable workshop which had us all painting horses in its landscape.

September 2019


Tim Rose - a member of the Peak District Artisans - showcased his ability to portray architectural subjects combining accuracy with atmosphere.




August 2019


An important feature in the Society's annual calendar is our Summer Art Exhibition where we showcase the work of members and award prizes for the best pictures including a "public's choice" award. This year's exhibition - at The Gothic Warehouse, Cromford Wharf, Cromford will ran from Monday 29 July to Sunday 4 August.

To help the Society mark our 30th anniversary,  Anna-Louise Pickering - daughter of the late Pollyanna Pickering - opened the exhibition. And, in recognition of her mother's life and work and her involvement with the Society, the exhibition's Special Topic Award was "Wildlife in its Setting" judged by wildlife artist Jenny Oldknow.

Pictured at the opening of our 2019 Summer Exhibition are: From left Jenny Oldknow, Anna-Louise Pickering, Linda Orchard and Carol Hill.

Some of this year's winning entries.

April 2019


Matlock Artists Society celebrated its 30th birthday this month with a drawing and water colour demonstration and a special lunch.

Set up in 1989, the group - originally known as the Tawney House Artists Society - was just 13-stong. Now membership has swelled to 65 with a sizeable list of artists waiting to join.

Hands-on workshops are held each month so members can learn from the skills of visiting artists who demonstrate their expertise in watercolour, acrylic, oils and pastels.

Each year the Society showcases the work of members with its Summer Art Exhibition with prizes for the best pictures including the public choice award. This year's exhibition - at The Gothic Warehouse, Cromford Wharf, Cromford from Monday 29 July to Sunday 4 August - will be opened by Anna-Louise Pickering.

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Pictured with the 30th Anniversary cake is Matlock Artists Society Chair Linda Orchard (left), one of the Society's longest serving members Doreen Andrews (right) and newest member Alayne Green   

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