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Exhibitions at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

A busy programme of temporary exhibitions takes place throughout the year in our temporary exhibition galleries. The museum currently has 2 permanent exhibitions: The Wonders of the Peak, and the Boyd Dawkins Study.


painting by Ingrid Karlsson-Kemp

Most artists hold previews for their exhibitions and you are invited to join them. You can also join the mailing list for invitations. Artists often sell their work - providing you with an excellent opportunity to buy contemporary pictures, sculpture and craft.

Brian Nolan - a retrospective

Until Sunday 5 September 2021.

This exhibition celebrates the work of Brian Nolan (1931 – 2019), from his early days in Manchester, through to the years devoted to painting the landscape of the Peak District. Brian painted outdoors, in all seasons, walking out from his home in Hayfield to observe and record the world around him. 

Full circle: back to where we began

Susan Dodd and Penny Kealey. Until Sunday 25 July 2021.

Two friends celebrate 50 years since leaving Chesterfield Art College with an exhibition of recent work, some of which reflects their passion for the rich variety of Derbyshire’s heritage. Well dressings, church monuments and carvings, Blue John, fairs, feasts and circuses are given new and intriguing interpretations.

Hidden depths

Ten plus textiles. Saturday 31 July 2021 to Sunday 26 September 2021.

This exhibition is linked by a common theme of having been inspired by the social and natural history of Buxton, the surrounding countryside, historical facades, legends and architecture. The artists use a range of techniques to create unique work that demonstrates both the aesthetics of modern contemporary design and decorative surface stitch.

Alan Swindell (1948-2018) - a retrospective

Saturday 11 September 2021 to Saturday 27 November 2021.

Alan Swindell was a painter and stonemason. He lived in Glossop all his life. His family was of paramount importance to him and the primary inspiration for his work, together with the animals and flowers around him. He loved Titian and cycling and music. This is his retrospective show.

On the edge

Peter Gill. Saturday 2 October 2021 to Saturday 4 December 2021.

Born in Derbyshire and currently resident in the Derbyshire Dales, Peter has, for some time been enthralled by the varied and dramatic landscape we enjoy. This exhibition demonstrates Peter’s interest in Grit Stone Edges, Neolithic Sites and Medieval Cross Slabs, all subject to the attention of time and season.

Artwork 2021

Saturday 4 December 2021 to Saturday 12 February 2022.

Staff and GCSE and A-Level students from two Buxton secondary schools present their very best work in this popular annual show.

Changing nature - this might make a picture?

Chris J Beard. Saturday 11 December 2021 to Saturday 26 February 2022.

One artist`s long journey of progression, via art school and the school of life. The process involved in making art from visual imagery, beginnings and back up work. CJB does not consider himself an abstract painter per se, but one who has arrived at the point of personal interpretation.

Apply to stage an exhibition at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Applications are now closed for exhibitions at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

The next round of applications will be announced here and on our social media. The next closing date is expected to be towards the start of 2022, for exhibitions in 2023, but is subject to change.

The 2021 guidance document at the bottom of this page provides information about the process, what we offer and our expectations.