Sunday, 11 August 2019

Important News regarding Fresh and Unframed

Important News

Fresh and Unframed 2019 has been postponed due to circumstances beyond our control.

We will now be moving the date to the first weekend of
May Saturday 2nd and 3rd 2020.
If you have already paid for 2019 you have two options:

A. We can refund you the money.

B. You can use your money to take part in Fresh and Unframed 2020

​Please email:  and let us know what you would like to do.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have incurred.
Bye for now.
Ruth and Karina x

P.S. Our website has more information regarding dates for next year. 

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Get Creative

Join the fun during Get Creative Festival 2019! May 15th at Tansley Village Hall! come and see for yourself what our members love about our art group! 

Purple and Grey art group meet on most 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at Tansley Village Hall near Matlock Derbyshire in a lovely warm room with lots of tea and coffee, bring your own materials and what you are working on. Open to all arts and crafts just come along and create in a friendly, fun and informal atmosphere new members are always welcome anytime.
Get Creative Festival is a national celebration of everything creative, taking place across the UK from 11 – 19 May 2019.
Purple and Grey art group meet on most 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month

The annual festival shines a light on all the great cultural activity that takes place on a regular basis in every community and encourages people to try their hand at something new and get actively involved in creativity in their local area.


Friday, 1 February 2019

Purple and Grey membership launch New for 2019 membership scheme for artists with benefits!

Press Release!

Purple and Grey are an art group with a difference, they pride themselves on helping artists fast track into either an art career or access quickly the right tools to enjoy art as a hobby. Their new yearly membership programme aims to offer something no other art group locally is and that is all round benefit for the artist.
Purple and Grey have been running for three years now and have helped many artists launch careers and support those for whom art is a hobby. They strongly believe in bringing city style opportunities to the Derbyshire countryside and they can provide the much-needed information to rural artists. Based in and around Matlock they are perfectly positioned to reach out to all corners of the county.

Being a rural artist means it is often a challenge to visit exhibitions, meet new people or to access the kind of opportunities that a city like Manchester or Nottingham can offer. Purple and Grey love being based in the beautiful surrounds of the Peak District and exploring the possibilities that it can offer an artist. They are delighted that they have the support of over ten local businesses who have been generous in their offers to their artists these include, discounts at local framers, galleries, cafes, and eateries. Membership also includes twenty free art group sessions, one free art marketing workshop and a free live professional artist demonstration. There is also a discounted rate to take part in their successful Fresh and Unframed exhibition.

‘We believe our membership is a holistic approach, through us you can benefit from learning, creating, promoting and displaying your artwork as well as the social side of friendship and we teamed up with great eateries too because all the great artists love to meet and discuss over good food and coffee!’

 More information on our membership page on our website: 

Local Business supporters
St John Street gallery
Cromford Studio and Gallery
Gallery in a Shed Buxton
Out Framed Ripley
Studio 61 Printing
Image Printing
Suki Gallery
The Loaf Bakery and Deli
The Jug and Glass Lea
The Kelstedge Pub
Mobile Framer
More pending!

Monday, 28 January 2019

Art class is good for your health!

Finally, the government is waking up to what Purple and Grey have known all along coming along to an art class is good for your health.
It has been reported today on the BBC radio and Sky news that GPs will soon be sending patients to art class. Well, this is not news to us we know that sitting in a lovely warm room full of friendly people every so often painting pictures is hugely good for mental health and a fab way of beating loneliness.

Purple and Grey have been attending art class nearly as long as colour television has been around and they have always found it a great way to meet new people and socialise with the added benefit of learning something along the way.
When you have moved around or had a long career or even lost a loved one, it's hard to maintain local connections but with art, you can always pick up a paintbrush and get along to an art class or group anywhere at any time and know you will be welcomed.
Artists are extremely friendly people and immediately you can get along by talking about paint!
You don't need a prescription to join us just turn up at one of our meetings and you will be welcomed.

Tansley Village Hall
To contact us for more information about joining in email: 

To find out more about social prescribing read this

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Take part in some art this year! Open exhibitions in the Peak District.

Opportunities to be involved in this year:

Time to be inspired by the Peak District and take advantage of the many shows and competitions available to artists in the region.

Submissions are now open for The Green Man Gallery Annual Open Exhibition: The Spring Gathering 2019. Now in its fourth year, the exhibition is open to any 2D or 3D artist living or working in the Peak District and its borders.
This year's exhibition will run from Friday 29th March to Wednesday 24th April with a launch of the exhibition at the Spring Gathering Social & Networking Event on Friday 29th March from 6.30 to 9.30pm.
Submission deadline: 8th March
Delivery of work: 16th to 25th March
The submission fee is still only £5 per entry; maximum of two entries per artist (small work can be grouped as one entry).
Submission guidelines and forms are available by emailing our Events Manager, Caroline Small, at

Staffordshire Moorlands Open Art Exhibition 2019
The Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery showcase the talents of often otherwise unseen local artists.
Open Art is an increasingly popular annual event organised as part of the Leek Arts Festival.
Contact the Tourist Information Centre for more information on 01538 395530 or email

Buxton Spa Prize
Look out for submission dates and information here:
Derbyshire Open Art Competition2019
Entry forms for the next Derbyshire Open Art Competition will be available from Easter 2019.
Dame Catherine Art Exhibition
In August Ticknall Derbyshire hosts the biggest independent art show outside of London, with a chance to exhibit alongside professional and celebrated local, national and international artists. Any artist of any ability working in any medium is invited to exhibit. In 2018 they had over 180 artists and over 1200 pieces of work being displayed.
Ticknall Village Hall and School, Ingleby Lane, Ticknall, Derbyshire. DE73 7JW.

Matlock Bath Pro Loco 2019 competition is now OPEN!!  This year sees the 40th anniversary of the competition. 
The competition this year will close on 11th October.  Entrants are required to ‘drop off’ their work in Matlock Bath on 12th or 13th October.  Work will then be displayed in the Pump Room of the Mining Museum on Saturday 19th October 2019.  Members of the public will vote for their favourite.  Voting will be between 1.00-4.00 pm. 

Fresh and Unframed
Fresh and Unframed is an Art Exhibition aimed at both emerging and established artists. The idea is that by exhibiting unframed works, the prices can be kept low, and that people can choose to have original artwork on their walls.

No selection process - open to all

Meet the Artist event on Friday evening and exhibition on Saturday

The works are not to exceed £100 in value. Works can be 2D and up to one metre in size. Work must be original.

Purple and Grey will man this event, you just need to drop off and collect at the specific times.

OPTION 1 - £15 enter up to 5 artworks and we provide browser
OPTION 2 - £35 FILL & BRING YOUR OWN BROWSER with your own work

Sign up here for expressions of interest:

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Christmas Art Group 3rd Birthday

Christmas Art Group & 3rd Birthday! 

We would like to invite you all friends old and new to our final Christmas art group meet of the year it also happens to be our third birthday party too. It would be lovely to see all our friends whether you just come to our networking outings or have had a consultation with us it is about getting together to say thank you to you all. We have had a great third year going from strength to strength we have run our second Fresh and Unframed exhibition and also an art cafe along with trips out to the Harley Gallery and Deda.
It's always a pleasure to see artists we have helped go from strength to strength and they certainly have so use this day to meet others find out more and learn about all our new activities for next year as well as pick up a brand new leaflet with all our dates for next year.

November 21st 10.30 - 12.30
  Tansley Village Hall Church Street, Tansley, Matlock DE4 5FH

Saturday, 10 November 2018

The Purple and Grey Artists Interview with Cognissart Textile Artist

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Alison Wake, Im a Textile Artist. I work under the brand name Cognissart. My artworks are usually landscapes inspired by the Peak District where I live and take the form of hand embroideries, often using locally sourced, hand dyed wool. Using a free had technique I “paint with thread and yarn”.

How long have you been a textile artist?
Just over a year! However, I have always been an artist and have painted and drawn all my life, albeit as a hobby. Likewise I have always had an interest in textiles – embroidery, cross stitch, knitting etc. I was first inspired to experiment with freehand embroidery by a family heirloom – a tiny freehand embroidery by my paternal grandmother depicting bluebell woods near her home in Yorkshire. In emulating her technique I found the perfect medium to express my love of the Peak District landscape where I live. 

What subjects inspire your art?
Living in the Peak District National Park, I am inspired by the micro and macro landscapes surrounding me. Whilst walking the paths and trails I see, hear, smell and feel the natural and man-made features which make this area so unique. I try to communicate my experience through the colour, texture and imagery of my pictures.  Although the natural beauty of the area may obvious to many I am also influenced by the impact of humanity on the landscape and my images often draw on industrial and agricultural features.

Has your association with purple and grey helped your art career?
Despite having had a successful career in sales and marketing, starting my own business and “getting into the local art scene” was quite a daunting prospect. I attended several Purple and Grey networking events and through these met a number of local artists. Discussions at these events have helped me establish my brand and understand the local market.

Have you got your own studio if so describe it to us?
Yes I do have a “studio” although it really just comprises a comfy seat and storage area in an airy, well lit loft space. Embroidery is a very convenient medium. It's not (too) messy and, luckily for me, it's very portable. I keep each individual project in its own project bag which I can take just about anywhere. So, although I have my nice sunny work area, in reality I work all over - including the waiting area whilst my son has his drum lesson; or even the sofa of I'm feeling sociable; but perhaps my favourite place is the garden “en plein air”.