Category Archives: Exhibitions

Time for a bit of Spring Cleaning


With the reopening of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery close on the horizon, the time has come to dust the cobwebs off the collection so that it can match the rest of the new shiny gallery.

I have been working closely with the museum’s bone material. In the picture above you can see that some of the pieces – like this hyena jaw bone discovered in Elderbush cave – were in definite need of a little TLC after being displayed for so many years in the old gallery. So, adorned with a set of brushes and little pieces of rubber sponge I began the task of patiently dabbing, wiping and brushing away the years to breathe new life into each of the bone objects.

Below you can see the after shot of my work, and evidently
a little bit of spring cleaning really does make all the difference!


Jasmine Barnfather MSci MA, Museum Attendant / Museum Assistant,
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Small is Beautiful

We are always pleased at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery when a local artist we know does well. Laura Critchlow won the Made in Derbyshire prize in the museum’s annual art competition The Derbyshire Open in 2015. Despite being a miniature painting, Windfall stood out amongst its larger neighbours.


Windfall acrylic (copyright Laura Critchlow)

Since then, five more of Laura’s miniatures have been accepted in the Royal Miniature Societies Exhibition, held in the Mall Galleries just off Trafalgar Square in London.  In 2016, Laura was appointed Associate Royal Miniature Society member, giving her the title of Laura Critchlow ARMS.

Later in the year, Laura also gained a place in the final of the National Open Art Exhibition. This time, her miniature was up against large scale work, exhibiting in the Mercers Hall, London. The tiny painting held its own as it was snapped up by a buyer.


Continuing the success, Laura’s miniature work Pear Shaped was chosen for the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, also held at the Mall Galleries in London.  Laura went down to the artist preview, where she got the chance to meet Chris Orr RA; the judge that chose her work.  Much to her amazement, Laura won the Wright Purchase Prize along with a trophy and a cash prize.  The work has been added to the Wright Art Collection.

Laura has just found out that her work Overlooked has been accepted in the Lynn Painter Stainers exhibition, running 6-18th March 2017, again held in Mall Galleries.  Laura is delighted to be on the 80 person shortlist for the prize, out of 2000 entries; its highest number to date.

It’s an amazing run of triumph for Laura. However, we often find that an artist’s work speaks for itself and it goes to show that size doesn’t matter. Infact, small artworks invite the viewer to step closer and have the power to draw you in.

New Exhibitions for Winter

If you tire of Christmas shopping, need an escape from the freezing temperatures or just want to see a good exhibition then Buxton Museum can help (our shop is great for stocking fillers too). Two local schools have taken over the foyer, Gallery Two and the landing and their big, bold artwork is a breath of fresh air.


In Gallery One, you can see the stunning results of a project by Freefall Arts. Though Your Eyes is a journey through everyday life from the 1930s to the 1970s using a collection of home movies, photographs and memories from the public.


Both exhibitions are on until 24 December (closing at 1pm) and admission is free.

Not that you need any further reason to visit Buxton Museum and Art Gallery but the well-loved Wonders of the Peak closes for refurbishment on 2 January 2016. If you want to hear that bear growl at you one last time then now is your chance!

There’s more information about the exciting plans for the future of the museum on the Collections in the Landscape blog.

WOTP - bear





New Art Exhibitions for Autumn

The autumn season at Buxton Museum begins with three new art exhibitions. Emma Sidwell’s work as Ellia is created as a way to confront the confines of agoraphobia and illness. Working primarily in pen and watercolour, her exhibition is a glimpse into a universe of strange characters, creatures and constructs. You can see Agoraphobia – Starting a Journey until Saturday 14 November. Like all the exhibitions at Buxton Museum, entry is free. You can come and meet Ellia herself on Saturday 26th September, 2pm to 4pm.

Agoraphobia by Ellia

Agoraphobia by Ellia

Michéla Griffith’s detailed photographs of the River Dove and its tributaries on the Derbyshire-Staffordshire border are often mistaken for paintings. They reflect the underlying geology, the character of the day, the legacy of rain and the energy of the water. Form, features, colour and texture are all part of the images but they are foremost about the interplay of light and water while the shutter remains open.  Liquid Light is available to see until Saturday 14 November and you can meet the artist on Saturday 10th October, 2pm to 4pm or Saturday 31st October, 2pm to 4pm.


Buxton Museum offers frequent opportunities to view its own collection of artwork. Starting from Saturday 19th September, Take Two is an exhibition that explores the relationship between the paintings by comparing two works by the same artist or the same view by two different artists. This innovative way of exploring Derbyshire’s collection is available until Saturday 7th November.

Take Two detail

Derbyshire Open 2015: Visitor’s Choice

Artist Zen Zamojski has enjoyed some success in Buxton of late. Two of his artworks have been selected for the Derbyshire Open Art Exhibition and both have been sold. He then won the accolade of Best Visual Artist in the Buxton Festival Fringe. If this wasn’t achievement enough, his work Cyclists in the Rain also scooped up the Derbyshire Open’s Visitor’s Choice Award with 70 votes. I could not give the man enough good news!

I eventually had the opportunity to meet Zen and ask him about his life and art. Amazingly, he does not consider himself a professional, though I’m sure that those that do would be green with envy. His Midas touch is no mystery; the skill and diligence to detail is evident.

Cyclists in the Rain by Zen Zamojski

Cyclists in the Rain by Zen Zamojski

Zen has experimented with different forms of art since he was a teenager, including gouache and ball point pen, using mostly BIC biros. Both of the pictures currently in Buxton were created with ball point which, as you can imagine, took considerable time to complete.

Inspired by artists such as Picasso and Braque, the style of Cyclists in the Rain has been with Zen for a long time and is one he uses often. When he starts a picture in this approach, Zen never knows how it is going to evolve but has an idea where he wants it to go.

I absolutely love complexity in my art work because it brings a real challenge to make it all come together, and I am also stickler for detail, such as the sheep drawing. The sheep drawings that I have done are inspired by our friend`s sheep farm on the North Yorkshire moors – Swaledale sheep.

3 Tups by Zen Zamojski

3 Tups by Zen Zamojski