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James Green

Wirksworth Festival is a major cultural event in the East Midlands, promoting the work of artists and designer makers to a national audience.

Every September our celebrated Art & Architecture Trail Weekend sees the town of Wirksworth come alive with street theatre, music, film, contemporary visual art and craft.

Over 4,000 people visit the town to enjoy the Art & Architecture Trail, where over 150 artists and designer makers exhibit in more than 70 venues.

Overall, in 2014, artists took at least £40,000 in sales and more work was commissioned.  95% of artists thought the Festival was either “excellent” or “good”; 86% said their visitor numbers were either “excellent” or “good” and 74% are likely to apply to exhibit again.

Here’s what some previous artists have said:

“Great atmosphere in the town, attracting visitors with a real interest in art and craft.”

“Good publicity as the visitor numbers demonstrate, the event encourages the right kind of buying public.”

“Professional profile and excellent regional reputation.”

“I had a really nice venue this year, very supportive hosts, and loads of visitors who were really interested in my work.”

Applications for this year’s Festival (2016) are now closed.  The application process usually opens in March of each year and closes in May, sign up for our email newsletter to be kept up to date.