Summer Art Exhibition

Festival 2018 Archive


Saturday 23 June 2018 – Saturday 30 June 2018
Town Hall Ballroom, Market Place, Ashbourne DE6 1ES


Once again the ballroom of the Ashbourne Town Hall will host the Summer Art Exhibition. The exhibition is an opportunity for local artists, whether amateurs, professionals or students, to submit their work for display and for sale. As in previous years we have invited a number of professional artists from the Derbyshire area to show their work. This year there are painters Val Hudson and Liz Salter; sculptor Sue Allanson; photographers Daniel Shiel and Mary Wardle; the Parkwood Pottery and paper artist Maggie Cullen.

If you wish to enter your own work, download the details and the application form by clicking below. The submission date for entries is Saturday 9 June 2018 between 11.00am and 4.00pm at St John’s Community Hall, off King Street, Ashbourne DE6 1EA.

St John Street Gallery Ashbourne

St John’s Street Gallery has kindly sponsored a £200 prize for the best work in the open section, to be selected by artists Lewis Noble and Maggie Cullen and £50 for the favourite work selected by visitors




Val Hudson: painter from Barlow Derbyshire

Summer Art Exhibition Ashbourne Festival 2018
A painter drawing on a wide spectrum of ideas and influences, Val’s paintings present a dreamlike quality of ephemeral spaces punctuated with half-seen evocations of memory, experience and sensory imaginings. The content of her paintings are the starting point of a conversation with the viewer where the language is not just visual but emotive and evocative with a subtle potency of shifting illusive signs and symbols.


Liz Salter: painter from South Yorkshire

Summer Art Exhibition Ashbourne Festival 2018

Liz is a painter who has a special interest in working from the landscape. She says: My inspiration comes from walking the land, especially the remote hilly areas of Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Scotland and Ireland. I enjoy exploring wild, undiscovered, rough places, where weather, time and the rhythms of the seasons mould and change the landscape I feel it is important to establish a relationship with these specific locations, to explore it by revisiting it in o