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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.


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.

On Thin Ice: The Legacy of the Franklin Expedition

Tuesday 9 August 2022 to August 2023.

Inuit objects from Derbyshire Schools Library Service collection and archive material from the Franklin Archive at the Derbyshire Record Office.

In 1845, Sir John Franklin set off to seek the Northwest Passage aboard the HMS Terror and Erebus. The Inuit were the last to see the crews alive after they disappeared in mysterious circumstances.

It was the Inuit that fed back stories of starvation and cannibalism, stories that were discredited by the British establishment and in particular Franklin's widow, Lady Jane.

Perceptions

Saturday 10 September to Saturday 26 November 2022.

The latest body of work by Penkhull Artists, Mike Cain and Dave Harper, sees existing themes and motifs reimagined. The result is a series of abstract paintings and ceramics inspired by Derbyshire's industrial landscape.

Geoff Archer: Recent Paintings

Saturday 15 October to Saturday 10 December 2022.

Inspired by visits to 'Old Car City' in the USA, Geoff Archer's most recent work, concentrates on images of old, abandoned automobiles, presenting contrasts of old and new, past and present, growth and decay, the natural and the manufactured – and in terms of painting, illusion and reality.

Artwork 2022

Saturday 3 December 2022 to Saturday 11 February 2023.

Buxton Community School and St Thomas More Catholic School. Staff and students from the 2 Buxton secondary schools present the very best work from their GCSE and A-level art courses.

Farm on the Hill

Saturday 17 December 2022 to Saturday 25 February 2023.

While sketching and painting around the Peaks, David Lowther has always been drawn to dramatic landscapes and hills. One in particular has become an obsession, so he set out to record how the farm on the hill changed over the seasons.

For Cezanne it was Mont Sainte Victoire… for David it's 'High Walls Farm'.

Limestone and Lead: Images of industry from the collections

Saturday 18 February to Wednesday 7 June 2023.

From lead smelting to water powered mills, quarrying to rope walks, industry has shaped Derbyshire. This exhibition of paintings, prints and photographs explores how the landscape around us has been mined, quarried, harnessed and changed.

Through Place and Mind

Saturday 4 March to Monday 1 May 2023.

Through Place and Mind responds to Holly Houlton's relationship with the countryside, combining photography, ambient sound and spoken word to explore emotional links with landscape viewers on a sensory journey. The work aspires to invoke reflection on how rural landscape can provide emotive contemplation through exploration of place.

Susan McCall: Colour Memories - The Peak District

Saturday 6 May to Saturday 22 July 2023.

An exhibition inspired by the physical experience of being in the landscape.

The smells: bluebells, heather, hawthorn, bracken and earth. The colours of blues and greens, pink and whites, gold and reds and the sounds of bees, grouse, curlews and skylarks, combine feelings and visual observation with physical experience in this exhibition of semi-abstract paintings.

Applying to exhibit at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Our exhibition programme has been scheduled up until the end of 2024. Applications for 2025 will be open from Tuesday 1 November 2022 to Friday 6 January 2023.

Apply to exhibit

Please see the information attached to this page for further information. If you have any questions, email: buxton.museumexhibitions@derbyshire.gov.uk