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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.


It is with regret that Buxton Museum and Art Gallery is currently closed to the public because of the coronavirus outbreak. The museum will reopen as soon as it is considered safe to do so.

Aa a result of this, a number of exhibitions have had to be cancelled or rescheduled. We will assess the situation again in June with regard the exhibitions planned for later in the year.

How to apply for an exhibition

Throughout the year Buxton Museum and Art Gallery hosts a series of temporary exhibitions.

Our aim is to have an interesting programme showing a range of media and a balance between emerging and established artists. We usually show exhibitions that relate to Derbyshire lives and landscapes, but not exclusively.

There are 2 temporary exhibition spaces – Gallery 1 and Gallery 2. We usually programme exhibitions for periods of between 8 and 15 weeks (normally 8 to 10 weeks).

We plan our exhibition programme over a year in advance.

All the applications we receive are considered together at an annual programming meeting. Applicants are informed of the results shortly after.

Applications are now open for exhibitions in 2022.

The deadline for applications is midday Friday 26 February 2021.

The application form and a guidance document are attached to this page.

For any enquiries about exhibitions please contact Lindsay Duncan, email

Join our mailing list

You can join our mailing list to be kept informed about the many events, exhibitions and workshops which we host throughout the year.

Exhibition programme

Between Two Worlds

When the museum re-opens you will still be able to see Between Two Worlds, which was reviewed enthusiastically in the early spring. We will announce a closing date for the exhibition when we have a date for re-opening the museum.

Tipping Points - explorations in liminal landscapes - Sarah Keast

This exhibition has been rescheduled to 7 May to 17 July 2022.

38th Derbyshire Open

The 38th Derbyshire Open exhibition has been cancelled. We are sorry to disappoint the artists, visitors and people who buy work from this show, but it will back next year.

Echoes: reverberations across millennia Ann Bates

This exhibition has been rescheduled to 23 July to 8 October 2022.

Brian Nolan - A Retrospective

This exhibition has been rescheduled to 13 February to 13 June 2021. 

The exhibition celebrates the work of Brian Nolan (1931 to 2019), from his early days in Manchester to painting the Peak District landscape. Brian painted outdoor, in all seasons, walking from his home in Hayfield to observe the world around him.

Hidden Depths - Ten Plus Textiles

This exhibition has been rescheduled to 1 August to 26 September 2021.

Ten Plus Textiles artists come together in their exploration of Buxton, its natural history, legends and architecture, using decorative surface stitching to create unique, contemporary artworks.

Artwork 2020 - Buxton Community School and St Thomas More Catholic School

Artwork 2020 has been cancelled. We are sorry to disappoint the students, their families and visitors. We will continue to work with Buxton Community School and St Thomas More Catholic School and look forward to their exhibition next year

Geoff Archer - recent paintings

Saturday 5 December 2020 to Saturday 13 February 2021.

The car has always been a potent symbol of modernity, especially in America; the abandoned car seems a particularly poignant indicator of change times. Geoff explores the survival of the old and outdated, past and present, growth and decay.

Preview on 5 December 2020 from 2pm to 4pm.

Meet the artist on Saturday 19 December 2020 from 2pm to 4pm and Saturday 16 January 2021 from 2pm to 4pm.