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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.

Lead, Lime, Coal: 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.

Susan McCall: Colour Memories - The Peak District

Saturday 1 April 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.

Derbyshire Open Exhibition

Saturday 24 June to Friday 1 September 2023.

Since 1982 the Derbyshire Open Art Competition has attracted artists of all ages, competing for a range of prizes and a work in the museum collection. Now in its 39th year, the resulting exhibition is the highlight of the summer programme. It is free to enter.

Prehistoric Peaks - art and craft

Shams Drury.

Saturday 29 July to Saturday 7 October 2023.

Inspired by Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeology of the Peak District, illustrator and craftsman Shams Drury creates imaginative ink drawings and recreates ancient artefacts to elicit a deeper sense of connection with landscape, nature and heritage both then and now.

The impact of industry on the countryside

The Print Project Group.

Saturday 9 September to Saturday 25 November 2023.

Print Project are a group of independent photographers dedicated to creating monochrome photographic images, exploring the visual impact industry has had on the landscape, the variety of industrial ruins and derelictions, and considering how not all the impact is for the worse.

Flowers - paintings and drawings

Pat Havis.

Saturday 14 October to Saturday 9 December 2023.

Pat Havis' latest work concentrates on the vibrant colour values of flowers and more abstractly, on their shapes and spacing. Her exhibition also includes some earlier paintings and drawings.

Artwork 2023

Buxton Community School and St Thomas More Catholic School.

Saturday 2 December 2023 to Saturday 3 February 2024.

Staff and students from the 2 Buxton secondary schools present the very best work from their GCSE and A level art courses.

Into Horizon

Alexandra Ghimisi.

Saturday 16 December 2023 to Saturday 24 February 2024.

Explore the beauty of the Peak District through Alexandra Ghimisi's semi-abstract landscape paintings. This is a unique, captivating representation of the stunning area, inspired by the physical experience of being in the landscape.