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Visitors to Derbyshire County Council’s Buxton Museum and Art Gallery this winter have the chance to catch works by budding artists as well as established artist David Lowther.

‘Artwork 2022’ features paintings and artworks by young people from Buxton Community School and St Thomas More Catholic School in Buxton. The exhibition showcases the amazing talent of more than 25 students who presented work for GSCE and A-Level examinations.

Two of these artists, Millie Critchlow and Nell Darley, have been awarded Star Student status by The Arts Society and the Royal Society of British Artists. They will both have their paintings exhibited in London in the new year.

Another exhibition by a High Peak artist also opens in December at the county council’s museum and art gallery in Terrace Road. David Lowther has always been drawn to dramatic landscapes. One landscape in particular, High Walls Farm in the Dark Peak, has been his muse. ‘Farm on the Hill’ is his exhibition of works in a variety of media over the many seasons.

Artwork 2022 is on show until 11 February and Farm on the Hill until 25 February.

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery will be open throughout the Christmas holidays except for the bank holidays and Sundays. The museum is also a designated ‘warm space’ where visitors will find a friendly welcome, exhibitions to browse, somewhere to sit, people to chat to and activities to take part in. Visitors can stay for as long as they like, in safe and well-lit surroundings. Everyone is welcome.

The museum is also running a winter quiz prompting people to visit all corners of the galleries. There are games and toys to play with and link to the free wifi. Many visitors have been enjoying our family-friendly resources and the museum is now doing more for younger children.

Wonders of the Peak is one of the museum’s permanent exhibitions, exploring the geology and archaeology of the Peak District, 360 million years in the making.

On Thursday 5 January there will be a family activity with Buxton artist Gordon McLellan, inspired by the predatory cats in the museum’s collections. Visitors can find more details and booking information online at

Admission to the museum is free although donations are very welcome.

Find out more information about warm spaces across Derbyshire here:

For more information please contact museums manager Ros Westwood at


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