Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Not the Big Art Weekend! But some good things to watch anyway here!

Well, this coming weekend we would have been holding our Big Art Weekend but instead, we are clearing out cupboards, painting the shed, and doing whatever to keep occupied.
Purple has been doing her impression of the great escape as when the lockdown was announced she was in the middle of New Zealand who had the biggest enforced social distancing operation on the planet! So against all the odds, she managed to secure one of the last flights out,( this photo shows her pilot being held at brush point so she can get home to Derbyshire!)

Grey has been sectioned by the government for twelve weeks and under strict enforcement to finish her fish and chip shop dissertation. In fact both Purple and Grey are vulnerable not that looking at them you'd think that! So there will be no sight of either of them for a while! This may be a blessing to some but don't be sad because as artists they have been practicing social distancing for years.

In case you have been missing the interactions of your fellow purple and grey members we have a few suggestions that will gladden your arty hearts.
Grayson Perry has started his art club on Channel Four its always nice to watch artists at work even if they aren't your style. Royal Academy website is full of great virtual content you can browse here are their top virtual days out. technically art but this is not to be missed the Winchester House in California is full of stairs to nowhere and cobweb window designs a wonderful virtual tour to immerse yourself in. you missing visiting parks and gardens around the country here are a few from heritage calling: Ross is on the BBC again we started watching this and although nearly all his paintings look the same there is something strangely soothing about his calm demeanor! lastly, spend some time traveling through time and around the UK with the Britain on Film map click on a place and you can see films from the past should keep you busy for days!
So we hope you enjoy those suggestions and we look forward very much to seeing you again soon.
Miss you all
Purple and Grey x

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Big Weekend Artists Callout!!!!

Artists get involved in the following:
Big Art Weekend
Tansley Village Hall
Saturday and Sunday 2nd and 3rd May 11 – 4 pm

Fresh and Unframed Exhibition no selection process - open to all. Work must be original art non-digital and not exceeding £100 in value. Works can be 2D and up to one metre in size.  Entry £15 for 5 or £35 for your own browser full.

SATURDAY 2nd May 1-4 pm
ART JUMBLE TABLETOP ART SUPPLIES SALE Ideal for studio clearance items, i.e. art books, display equipment, materials, brushes, paints etc. (No original artworks) Book a table. £11

Book on for a half-hour taster session: Our S.W.O.T. analysis will unpick your key concerns for your business and help you plan. £10

Sunday 3rd May 11.30-12.30
Artists networking and talk – key facts and figures about making a living as an artist. No booking required just turn up. FREE

SUNDAY   3rd May 1-3 pm
PAINTING DEMO BY watercolourist Viviene Cawson as featured in The Artist Magazine. £3.50.

Booking taken via PayPal online at: 

Any questions get in touch via messenger: or email:   We look forward to working with you!

In addition, we have the Gallery Rebels: 100 impressionist postcards on display by local school children who will also be visiting during the weekend with their families.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

The reality of selling.

It is with great sadness that two of our biggest supporters are having to close their gallery doors. It is indeed a blow to the high streets that they grace and we wish them both all the best for the future. They are by no means alone, what does this mean for artists hoping to get their work out there?
Research from Mintel says: 'Nearly half of every £1 spent in shops online in 2015 was spent in online stores that have no permanent physical presence on the high street or out of town shopping park.

These shops might have a stall sometimes in a market or fair, but that’s it. This is not a blip – it’s actually a growing trend – up from 41p of every £1 spent in shops online in 2010.

87% of all adults used the internet daily or almost every day in 2019. 
In 2019, for the first time, more than half of adults aged 65 years and over, shopped online, at 54%.'

These figures are sobering for the high street galleries but should guide the artist as to where things are heading if the current government does nothing to change this situation.
Not having your own online presence showcasing your work is no longer an option if you want to sell your artworks. As is having the occasional presence at a stall or as part of a local exhibition. 

Fortunately in Derbyshire, we have many options to be part of art festivals including Derbyshire Open Arts, Belper, New Mills, Wirksworth, and Melbourne. We also have many art groups that you can join up and down the county and there are also many support organisations that can offer advice. There is strength in numbers and forming a collaborative group is a way of having strength in numbers being able to share hire costs for halls and venues is just one of the benefits.
Over the years we have seen many of our artists thrive by doing all of the above. If you look through this blog you will be able to read about some of their journeys.
Please support your local high street shops and your local artists this festive season by visiting their stalls, exhibitions or buying from their online shops, support in any way even if it's just in a small way pennies add up to pounds and enables artists to carry on.

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: