Monday 2 February 2015

Seeing the Bigger Picture at Buxton Fringe

Grinlow Art winners (credit: Ian J. Parkes)

This is an exciting time of year as events start rolling in to the Fringe, the list of upcoming shows becoming longer every week. Here at Fringe Towers we also get to hear about events in the pipeline and we’ve recently had some exciting Visual Arts news.

I’m happy to tell you that last year’s Fringe Award-winning Grinlow Art and Storytelling Trail, a magical experience in Grinlow woods, will be back for 2015, a crowd-funding exercise having proved particularly successful. Organiser Ruby Moon tells me they will be running some creative workshops both before and during the Trail. They are also on the look out for storytellers for the event. If you would like more information, think you can help or would like to put an installation on the trail, please contact Ruby on

More great news comes from artist Linda Rolland who is helping the Buxton Art Trail get going again for this year. A Fringe Award-winning sensation back in 2012, it involved a host of exhibitions around town and in artists’ own houses. In a few weeks time BAT will be making the call for entries with the event set to run from Friday July 24 to Sunday July 26. Anyone wanting to be included on the mailing list or to offer help with organisation is welcome to email Linda on with a subject heading of BAT 2015.

As ever with the Fringe, anyone can do anything – I am hoping to have some of my own paintings exhibited as part of BAT and will certainly have some at the Burbage Art Group’s annual exhibition which is already listed on our website. The Group, of which I am a member, meets weekly at the Burbage Institute and has had several artist nominations at the Fringe Awards. Last year’s nominee Laura Critchlow has gone on to have one of her mini paintings selected by the Royal Society of Miniature Painters for an international art exhibition in the Mall Galleries, London.

So the one listing we have in Visual Arts only hints at the bigger picture, as it were. It is fun to hear what our artists and performers are getting up to. If you have some behind the scenes stories you would like to share with myself or Keith please get in touch via the Contacts page on our website.

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