Stevie Davies GlassSusan Bedford Mixed Media ArtistFarah Batool Artist

Visit Banks Mill Studios during the Derbyshire Open Arts festival on 27, 28 and 29 May to meet eight artists, designers and makers all under one roof.  See our artists in their working studios and buy or commission original artwork and handmade products direct from the artists themselves.  

With free entry the studios will be open from 10am-5pm each day and work on show will include fine art, contemporary glass art, ceramics, jewellery, screen printed fashion design and accessories, mixed media art, textiles and upcycled garments.
There will be various demonstrations throughout the weekend as well as a children’s art trail.
Free car parking can be found at the Enterprise Centre, just a minutes walk from Banks Mill along with pay and display on street parking in the surrounding area.
Artists showing at Banks Mill this year are:  
 Farah Batool




Farah Batool Art - Ceramic Wall Art & Jewellery

Farah’s work includes decorative glass and ceramic wall art and jewellery. Her jewellery is based on lace print as well as glass based porcelain pieces.

 Lor Bird




Lor Bird - Abstract Artist

Lor Bird creates rich, vibrant semi-abstract paintings using multiple layers of paint and mixed media that result in atmospheric and playful work. 

 Susan Bedford



Susan Bedford - Mixed Media Artist

Susan produces original artworks and products inspired by colours, shapes and textures in natural and manmade environments. Susan’s range includes one-off wall art, signed prints and cards, and she has also developed a range of textile jewellery employing the same techniques she uses in her artwork.

 Barbara Colbert



Barbara Colbert - Charcoal Drawing

Barbara produces charcoal, pen and ink drawings, often with the addition of precious metal leaf. The subject matter is of wildlife and natural forms in the local landscape. She is especially interested in the symbolism and mythology connected with animals and birds.

 Stevie Davies



Stevie Davies - Contemporary Fused Glass

By manipulating the processes of heat and chemistry on glass and metals, Stevie produces a range of jewellery and accessories full of colour and texture. Her dichroic jewellery, home accessories, sculptures and wall art will be on show and demonstrations of techniques and workshops will take place during the weekend.

 Mig Holder



Mig Holder - Mixed Media Artist & Garment Upcycling

Based in her studio, Mig combine’s her love of textiles with a life-long habit of recycling. Her work spans a very wide spectrum - from basic clothing alterations to exhibited textile art. Her innovative garments, accessories and textile art made using recycled and remnant materials will be on show during the event.

 Elsie Jayne



Elsie Jayne - Handmade Clothing & Accessories

Elsie Jayne is a family run business designing and making quirky clothing and accessories for kids, women and men. All their products are 100% lovingly handmade, many of which feature fabric which is screen printed in their studio.

Sue McNair square tiles


Sue McNair - Ceramicist

Sue works with clay to capture the textures and designs in nature. After making the tiles, Sue uses different paint effects to bring out the best in the natural shapes and lines. Her next works will be based on industrial shapes and textures.