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”.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

The Remarkable Art Cafe Blog

What a day! The Remarkable Art Cafe yesterday was a beautiful event at a great venue The Remarkable Hare Pub. We all wondered if hosting an event in a high street pub would work but as one visitor pointed out 'I came in for a drink with my wife and now I've bought her a silver necklace!'
Which just goes to show you never know where your customers may be and its sometimes worth trying other venues not usually associated with art. 
So it did fit in with Purple and Grey's ethos of taking art out into the community and encouraging as many people as possible to have access to it.
Below are some images of the event and if you are an organisation or group of artists do contact the pub to see if they would host any more art cafes. 
We are about to take possession of our new leaflets with all next years events listed so please look out for them in a venue near you soon.

Purple and Grey would also like to send our condolences to the family of Simon from In the Flow art shop Matlock, Simon had been a superb supporter of our group and often referred artists to us we had plans to work with him in 2019, we are very sorry to hear about his untimely death. We wish his friends and family love at this time.
Purple and Grey.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Guest Workshops Exploring Monoprinting Liz Wellby

Date: November 14th

Tansley Village Hall
Church Street, Tansley, 
Matlock DE4 5FH

The process of monoprinting dates back to the 1600’s and has been explored by artists as diverse as Rembrandt and Edgar Degas.
Join Liz Wellby to experiment with 2 lively monoprinting processes. You will begin by developing drawn monoprints, using single and multiple layers, before using a more experimental painted process.
This workshop is suitable for people of all abilities and experience.

Liz will provide all that you will need for the workshop, but you will need to bring along:
. a range of images, i.e. drawings, photos etc at A5/A4
. a large pale plate or a flat palette
. a pencil case
. an apron
To find out more about Liz and her work visit: 
Workshop Cost: £45
How to book: Text or call - 07979 712633

Friday, 26 October 2018

You Are Invited to The Remarkable Art Cafe!

The Remarkable Art Cafe! You Are Invited!

Shop and network in style at The Remarkable Art Cafe Dale Road Matlock browse work by local artists and makers and have a wonderful lunch or light snack with a range of refreshments to choose from in The Remarkable Hare.
Meet members and find out about opportunities to join our art group and make new creative friends all abilities are welcome.
Meet Purple and Grey and talk to them about their artists networking and community inspire and inform workshops as well as art consultations and exhibition opportunities.
All set in a fabulous Christmas atmosphere in the beautiful Remarkable Hare function room.

There's a car park at the rear of the building.

Artists taking part are:
Chantal Kelly Stained Glass
Janice Allen Jewellery
Ruth Gray Images
Penny Challinor Watercolours
Lisa Green Textile Artist
John Sheils Landscape Painting
Dawn Wakefield Mixed Media
Shelia BaldockPainter
Anne Alldread Felt Artist
Sylvia Oxspring  Painter  

Our new leaflets should be back from the printers for this event so please come along and pick one up!

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Back to School!

Its back to school! or rather back to art group tomorrow we are certainly looking forward to seeing everyone we have a lovely time chatting painting and generally keeping up to date with all thats happening in the art world!

Purple and Grey have been on a very long holiday touring all over the UK and beyond!
But now its time to get the paint brushes out and start putting down some of that inspiration we have gathered over the summer.

We have a few things ahead of us this year including the fabulous Liz Wellby returning to Tansley with her workshop our regular art group meetings and our Remarkable Art Cafe networking come art fair event at The Remarkable Hare in Matlock.

Key dates for the rest of 2018

 Art Group dates 10.30 - 12.30  Tansley Village Hall
Sept 19th 
Oct 3rd
Oct 17th
Nov 7th
Nov 21st

Exploring Monoprinting
Date: November 14th
Liz Wellby contact Liz direct : Email: 

Friday, 20 July 2018

The Purple and Grey Interview with Pam Smart

Have you got your own studio? if so describe it to us.

I feel incredibly lucky to have a purpose-built studio on the back of my house. From my desk I can see the garden, trees, hills, Corbar Cross and Soloman’s Temple - it's a very quiet spot to work, I can listen to the birds and get some ‘green therapy’. The light in the room is great, it's north facing which is preferable for art studios as it means the light is consistent throughout the day. My husband has recycled our old kitchen and fitted it into the studio and my favourite thing in there is the large blue velvet sofa - so I can make a brew and stay there all day!

Has your association with purple and grey helped your art career?

I was introduced to Purple and Grey through another artist. They have been brilliant in helping me to advance my social media skills and they have a fantastic network of contacts. Networking is important to artists. I would like to attend some of their drawing sessions and networking events which are on Wednesdays, but this is one of my school days.

How often are you able to dedicate your time to your artwork and would you like more time?

Yes, I would love to spend more time working as an artist. I am currently joint Head of Art at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School, which is both rewarding and challenging and I work there 3 days a week, then I spend about 3 days a week working as an artist, 1 day of which is spent on admin time promoting my business. So, now it's a bit of a balancing act, but I am hoping to become a full-time artist in the near future.

Who is your favourite artist?

I have lots of favourite artists but the one I like most at the moment is David Hockney. I love his use of colour and pattern within landscapes and I was very inspired by the mark making in his iPad drawings, which I saw recently at Salts Mill in Saltaire, Yorkshire. I also like how the light and energy of his life in California has filtered through into his Yorkshire countryside paintings. Certainly, the exhibition of his work at the Tate was very memorable - I particularly liked the set of large black and white charcoal drawings of trees and country lanes.

How do you see your art career progressing?

I have thoroughly enjoyed my 23 years teaching art at secondary school, but now I want to share my knowledge and experience with a different audience and so I will be running art courses and classes for adults from my studio. I want to dedicate more of my time to painting and working as an artist. I am delighted to have completed a series of commissioned artworks for Buxton Opera House and the Buxton International Festival Award which I received for my 2017 Buxton Spa Prize entry has really spurred me on to pursue my career as an artist.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Purple and Grey Artist Interview with Influencer Katie Jobling

We noticed that Derbyshire Artist Katie Jobling is having a huge global influence on social media with her wonderful compelling you tube videos and social media feeds her timelines are beautiful and she now has hundreds of thousands of loyal followers who tune in for her inspirational lifestyle and art. We felt you should take a look and be inspired too, so we took some time out to chat with her while she was demonstrating at her current solo exhibition at Cromford Studio and Gallery which is on until July 31st.

Q: Hi Katie we are so excited you want to do a blog with us, first could you tell our followers how you started painting and a bit about your journey as an artist?

A:Thanks for having me! I’ve always been fascinated by art, by the freedom of it. How these little blobs of colour can create something completely unique. I took painting seriously in around 2013 after struggling with my mental health. I found it was something to focus on, and it kept me going. Since then, it’s become a part of me & my everyday life. I never expected it to become a ‘job’, but after years of working in an office, I’m so pleased it has. 

Q: Purple and Grey are in awe of your social media skills you have managed to build an incredible following on You Tube (125,424 subscribers)  and Instagram (33.8K) and not too shabby on Twitter and Facebook can you tell us how you keep your followers interested and updated?

A:Social media can be such an organic & honest way to share your work with others. For me, it’s my main marketing tool. My social media grew when I shared my process, not just photos of completed work. To grow your social media, it’s important to think what you can offer to the viewer. I’m truly grateful for the support of my followers, they keep me going! 

Q:Our followers are interested in You Tube and all its possibilities what equipment do you use to record yourself and could you describe the process for example do you wait till the house is empty to avoid interruptions! (Thinking of our friend whose kitten walks across the camera all the time!)

A:To record my videos I use my DSLR and iMovie to edit. I usually get my camera setup in front of a bright window, and pretend it’s my friend I’m talking to. There are no rules with YouTube, that’s what’s kinda scary about it! It’s a platform you can share what you want, in whichever way you want. On one hand people appreciate the professional videos, but they love the raw, untouched footage too. Personally I think a kitten running across, would only bring in more views! 

(The Kitten was a hit!)

Q:Your Instagram feed is beautiful as is all your output, how much time do you put into branding or has it evolved over time, we are thinking fonts, colours logos etc….

A:Thank you so much! It definitely is something that evolves over time, and I think it always will be. However I have made a conscious effort to keep everything on-brand. Using the same filters on my photos, and I always layout my Instagram prior to uploading so I can see what looks good together. UNUM is such a great app for that! I’m heavily interested in graphic design, so all that is still part of the creative process for me. 

Q:Who would you say has influenced you that perhaps you could pass on to our artists?

A:There are so many and it changes regularly. I adore Laura Jones in Australia, her work is painterly floral and has such a great flow with beautifully vibrant colours. Also Dion Salvador Lloyd’s work is beautifully mysterious that I can’t stop looking at it when I need inspiration. They’re just a couple, but I am influenced by every artist in some way. There passion to create is inspiring in itself. 

Find out more at

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

You are Invited!

Our artists have been working hard behind the scenes to get original work ready for our annual Fresh and Unframed Exhibition.
This year sees lots of lovely local artists taking part from all over Derbyshire.
Artists taking part include, Pam Smart, Alison Wake, Lisa Green, Martin Sloman, Ruth Gray, Karina Goodman, John Sheils, Dawn Wakefield, Janice Allen, Jenny Oldknow, Marie Keane, Charles Wilby, Shelia Baldock, Sylvia Oxsping, Stephen Woolley, Rebecca Webster, Carole Knight, Sonya Allen,Marilyn Micallef to name but a few!
The aim of this exhibition is to provide a level platform for all artists to exhibit in an affordable way. All work is under £100.

On Friday the 29th June, 5.30 - 8pm there is a chance to meet some of the artists taking part and browse the work before the exhibition opens 11 - 4 pm on Saturday. Light refreshments will be available and there is plenty of parking nearby.

Everyone is welcome to join us and view the works on show . We hope you can come along and celebrate the fabulous art of the Purple and Grey art group and friends.

Tansley Village Hall is located at the heart of Tansley, next to the village green and children's playground. 

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Purple and Grey Harley Gallery Visit

We would like to thank the Harley Gallery for hosting our group of artists today and for letting us all have an early morning tour of the Portland Collection before the public came in.
The Dukes of Portland and their families have amassed Welbeck’s historic Portland Collection over the centuries.

'Changing displays from The Collection are on show in our spacious new gallery, which opened in March 2016. Masterpieces include Michelangelo’s Madonna del Silenzio (c.1538). Also showing are  a rarely seen Van Dyck painting of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford and George Stubbs’s painting of the 3rd Duke of Portland on horseback outside the stables at Welbeck. Further highlights include the pearl earring worn by Charles I at his execution in 1649, and The Portland Tiara by Cartier.' Find out more.

We were happy to find out that the Harley Gallery are shaking up their open this year by asking artists to bring their finished work to the gallery for judging they are having a broader approach too hoping to attract school aged artists as well as emerging and professional this will bring a more inclusive feel as well as making for a eclectic show. For more information about the Harley Open click here.

There are many events taking place at Harley Gallery throughout the year we recommend you sign up to their mailing list to keep updated.

We are planning visits to other galleries and local places of interest to artists next year please follow our blog to keep in the loop! 

Monday, 11 June 2018

Skies and Afternoon Tea Lunch and Learn Workshop with Purple and Grey

Skies and Afternoon Tea 
July 11th 10 -2 pm

Tansley Village Hall
Church Street, Tansley, 

Matlock DE4 5FH

Working with watercolours we will be bold and brave creating big skies, moody ones and creating atmosphere using graduation, wet into wet techniques and the less conventional!
Demonstrations and individual help will show students how to create something other than a pretty blue sky.

Bring your own brushes and paints or use ours but please bring plenty of A4/A3 good quality watercolour paper.

We will also provide the lunch and endless hot drinks as required so you can enjoy the art.

Workshop cost £45.

To book please email: and mention any special dietary requirements.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Bringing Art to the Board Room!

Today we were invited to deliver a session on mindful art journaling at The National Headquarters of The Youth Hostel Association for mental Health Awareness Week.
Its great to see a corporation allowing their staff a moment of me time in the busy working week.
We really enjoyed delivering this session it was lovely to see the staff get engaged with art again as for some they hadn't done any since school.
We explained that art journaling is for anyone you don't need permission to be creative its your personal journal to put into it what you like.
We didn't know how the session would be received but we were thrilled with the results some real emotion came out on to the page it was fabulous and inspiring we hope that they continue in some way with creativity.
It was also fun turning a board room into an art room so any other companies out there let us know if we can bring art to your board room too!