Monday, 9 January 2012

Save The Old Lock Up Studio - an exciting new crowdfunding arts project in Cromford, Derbyshire!

Fellow artist Rachael Pinks has a great little studio in a historic building in our local village, Cromford, Derbyshire.  She has set up a rewards-based initiative on the UK-based Crowdfunding site We Did This in order to extend the lease on the studio and expand its uses to serve arts and crafts activities in the local area, including a regular affordable life drawing class, arts and crafts workshops, regular "open studio" selling events and low-cost work/exhibition space for individual artists, all based on a self-supporting, non-profit making collective ethos:

A shot of the exterior of the studio (centre)

Below, a glimpse of Rachael's wonderful art:

Teardrop by Rachael Pinks

The Day After Yesterday by Rachael Pinks

and the studio space:

Below, some photos of the recent Open Studios Christmas event- (the first of many, we hope!) :

The rewards:  This is a unique opportunity for art lovers to buy affordable original works from an exciting emerging British painter.  Then there is the lasting sense of achievement from having contributed towards developing the studio into a thriving, independent rural arts hub - nurturing creativity in people of all ages and ultimately enriching the culture of the area - all from an individual contribution of as little as £10.  Quite something if you compare that to the ephemeral nature of most everyday spending!  

Framed works and prints by Rachael Pinks on display at the Apple Day art event, Scarthin Promenade, Cromford, last autumn.

 Discover more here

Rachael's art blog

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