Thursday, 1 December 2016

Networking is Fun

Our attendees have maximised opportunities that have been created at our FREE networking events, yes we can sit at home all day making and painting but sometimes a bit of social interaction can push us towards our goals, we meet people that can change our mindsets and lead us towards new paths.

It's good to open our eyes to whats happening in the real world. Or it can be as simple as making a new friend, networking is fun especially when everyone in the room is a creative too.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Plots and Plans

Welcome to our blog we have been working very hard behind the scenes to bring you something new for 2017.
#network: We have teamed up again next year with great venues to provide you with the best of artist networking. See full listings here:

(Don’t forget our next networking event is October 11th at St John Street Gallery 10.30-12.00 with a talk by Ann Wright of artsderbyshire )

#learn: We will be taking bookings as usual from our menu for one to one consulting on getting gallery ready, online ready and marketing ready. See menu options here:

NEW FOR 2017
#create: This year we have teamed up with The Society of All Artists and we will meet as Derbyshire Regional SAA – Purple and Grey Art Group everyone is welcome to join us and our aim is to provide you a space and opportunity to create.
We will meet on selected Wednesdays at our new bigger location: Tansley Village Hall, where we will host a regular Art Group with three workshops planned and there will be two en plein air trips out in June.

​Please see the website for full events listings:

Celebration Time
Purple and Grey are one-year-old in November! We feel we have come a long way since we sat down and planned our business. In the past year we have been overwhelmed by the support from all our networking venues, speakers and of course you for coming along.
Next year we have some private consultancy lined up with various local groups so we are not going to deliver the public group seminars for the moment but we urge you to seek out West Studios and Banks Mill as options for these. We will take on one to one bookings from our menu as mentioned above.

To help us celebrate please come along to our final event of 2016 at Studio 61 Gallery
November 16th 2016 10.30 - 12
Christmas Gift Showcase
Bring £10 to spend & a basket of your handmade art & crafts and buy & sell at the same time.
Studio 61 Gallery
Leashaw, Holloway, Nr,Matlock,Derbyshire,DE4 5AT

Oh and if you blink you will miss us on Channel 5, Oct 11 7pm House Doctor!

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Summer School

What a lovely morning with The Summer School we couldn't squeeze anymore in (a couple are missing off this photo too!) we couldn't be happier with the way the group worked together and discussed The Art of Branding.
When you are starting out in business or thinking of a change it helps to attend a few courses to focus your goals and meet like minded people and realise that you are not alone.
This mornings group went away with a handful of notes ready to take their business to the next level. We cant wait to see the results!

Our next Summer School events are:

The Art of Pricing 
Wednesday 24th August 2016 at Studio 61 Gallery. 10.30 - 12.30 
Pricing your work can be the hardest part of creating. This Purple and Grey group workshop will offer guidance from an artist and gallery perspective in order to achieve maximum profit.

£15 include free tea / coffee

To book/pay here

The Art of writing a press release, with Amanda Penman Editor of artsbeat magazine.
Wednesday 21st September 2016 at Studio 61 Gallery. 10.30 - 12.30 

Ten tips on how to get your press release used. Useful for catching the attention of local / national magazines,TV, radio, newspapers and online. Amanda Penman has over thirty years of experience writing for and editing national newspapers.At the end of this seminar you will understand the techniques needed to get your story published. This seminar is timed for you to be able to get ready for the Christmas art fair season. Limited spaces available. .
£21 include free tea / coffee

To book/ pay here

For any workshop there are only ten spaces available so it is important that you book in advance To book email: 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

On Location With House Doctor Chanel Five

A couple of weeks ago we were asked to go on a show for Channel 5, of course we said yes as we are up for anything!

 So a very rainy Wednesday in Winster we started filming for the show House Doctor. You couldnt have picked a wetter day and as we stood out side the property we had no idea what to expect.
The House Doctor premise is of making homeowners aware how their property appears to others and what they need to do to improve their chances of getting the house sold.
We were the 'others' the crew were very careful not to reveal any room to us until they had set up the cameras and we walked in, so what you will see on the show is our true first reactions.

The first week we were filmed looking around the whole property and we commented on different areas that needed to be improved. It was a fast learning curve as we often talk over each other so we had to learn to stop and listen to each other for a change!

After the filming our tapes were shown to the home owners who agreed along with the designers what improvements needed to be done to the property, our property had been on the market for 20 months so some work was required!

The second day of filming was much brighter with no rain and we were eager to see what had changed!
We were kept waiting until the crew were ready and it was very tempting to have a peek but we didnt!

It was so exciting and when we finally saw the rooms we were filmed as we walked in and the transformation was fantastic the house had been totally changed. We both spoke about our impressions of the make over and gave a small summary and because we answer for each other we had five takes on the last sentences!
The whole experience was brilliant and we got expenses too so we had a power lunch afterwards with the proceeds!
Of course we had to give the equipment ago too! But I dont think we really know which end points where!

So look out for House Doctor Episode 14 later in the year you may catch a glimspe of Purple and Grey!
read all about the new House Doctor series here