What the artists say

Wirksworth Festival is the perfect place for you to see a huge range of contemporary visual art, craft and design. The Festival showcases over 150 artists and designer makers from all over the country plus international artists, all of whom are selected based on their high standards of practice. As well as the huge number and variety of Trail Artists, our Curated Exhibition presents themed work that is ambitious, accessible and thought provoking.

What the artists say
Maggie Cullen
"I was delighted to be invited to take part last year and I so enjoyed exhibiting in a non gallery environment, the church, an ideal setting for my work which took its inspiration from local people and the Wirksworth landscape.   I was amazed by the reactions and the kind comments visitors shared with me. It was lovely to chat to people and share ideas regarding working with found materials and how the work on show came about."
Maggie Cullen
Tony Hill
"The 2015 festival was a great event, well done to all the visual arts panel and organisers. I enjoyed showing my work there, engaging with the visitors and also seeing some of the fantastic range of other exhibitions. There was a terrific buzz on the main weekend, thank you for inviting me back, I much appreciate the opportunity to show video installations, which only come into existence by exhibition."
Tony Hill
Geoff Diego Litherland
"I was asked to be involved in the Festival at the same time that I was in the process of moving to Wirksworth, the organisers wouldn’t have known this, it ended up being a great introduction for me to Wirksworth’s artistic community. I had visited the festival a number of times before and always enjoyed the experience of seeing work in such stunning historical settings. I was keen to show my work on the crumbling walls of the parish rooms, they reflected the decay and texture in my work and the documentation I have of the exhibition is great, not to mention the feedback I received from a very large and discerning audience."
Geoff Diego Litherland
Amy Lilley
"The level of talent was truly incredible and I am so grateful I was picked to exhibit among these amazing artists! I’m definitely going to be watching the artists that exhibited, stunning work everyone!!"
Amy Lilley