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The Art Room

Type:Art Gallery

Wilkin Hill
S18 7TE
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Tel0114 289 0380

The Art Room


The Art Room is located in Barlow, Derbyshire - approximately 4 miles from the centre of Chesterfield, 12 miles from the centre of Sheffield and 8 miles from Chatsworth House. Art exhibitions are held regularly throughout the year and in between times there are various tutor led creative workshops providing opportunities to learn about painting, drawing, bookmaking, hand and machine embroidery, rag rug techniques, lino printing, etc. It is situated in a traditional hay meadow which has wide grass paths cut through it so that visitors can enjoy its wild flowers and grasses.


Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowed


  • Free Parking


  • Education/study area


  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Opening Times

* The Art Room has varied opening times depending on the activities going on

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From North/SouthLeave M1 at junction 29 and take A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select right lane and take 2nd exit. Keep in right hand lane and go straight on through traffic lights and round Crooked Spire Church. Select right hand lane. At traffic lights go straight on. Keep to right hand lane as approach large roundabout with car park in middle. Follow signs to Sheffield round the roundabout. At mini roundabout take 1st exit (B6051, Newbold Road). Follow road (going straight on at all mini roundabouts) to traffic lights. Select right lane and go straight on. Follow road for approx 2½ miles to Barlow. When entering Barlow turn left at the Peacock pub onto Wilkin Hill, go to the top of the hill and follow the bend round to the right. Shortly afterwards (approx 150 yards) you will see the gates to the Art Room on your left. 

From East Take A617 to Chesterfield then follow route from North/South.

From West Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select middle lane and take 2nd exit, turning left onto Rutland Road. Select right hand lane and turn right at traffic lights. Follow road straight on through traffic lights. At roundabout select left lane and take 2nd exit passing multi-storey car park. At mini roundabout take 1st exit (B6051, Newbold Road), then follow route from North/South.

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Tuesday, 5th June 2018 - Sunday, 10th June 2018

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Saturday, 25th August 2018 - Sunday, 2nd September 2018

Looking BackA solo exhibition featuring Diane Gilder. Textiles, painting, prints, books and cars and the opportunity, if interested to peruse some of the sketchbooks which inform her work.
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Tuesday, 22nd May 2018 - Tuesday, 22nd May 2018

Exploring composition - 'Still life in boxes'Using an enclosed still life setup to develop new approaches to composition. Contrasting manmade and natural forms whilst working with mixed media techniques. A structured workshop making reference to the work of specific artists with tutor Gabby Hanlon.
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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018 - Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

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Tuesday, 19th June 2018 - Tuesday, 19th June 2018

Impressive Highland Landscapes in AcrylicsThis excellently structured workshop will guide us, stage by stage to achieve an impressive highland landscape painting with dramatic skies, atmospheric weather and texture using fine quality acrylic paints. All paints provided.
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Wednesday, 20th June 2018 - Wednesday, 20th June 2018

An Introduction to PrintingThis is the perfect taster for beginners to printing (one colour) and will introduce you to line cutting and printing along with collage - an addictive process which you can continue at your kitchen table at home. Tutor - Liz Wellby.
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Monday, 25th June 2018 - Monday, 25th June 2018

Encaustic Art!This ancient medium of applying melted coloured wax and then fusing it to the painting surface with a heat source such as an iron holds great fascination and a magical synergy occurs. The workshop will be an introduction to this fascinating art form with experience artist Sue Wharton. All materials...
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Tuesday, 26th June 2018 - Wednesday, 27th June 2018

Delightful Needlefelt AnimalsFollowing our hugely popular workshop last year, Jenny Barnett returns with two days of needle felting, this time making a gorgeous felt fox on the first day and a felt badger on the second, along with an acorn or toadstool if time allows. This fabulous two-day workshop includes all materials....
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Tuesday, 10th July 2018 - Tuesday, 10th July 2018

The Colour of Summer - Textile workshopWorking with the colour of summer we will capture all the delights of flowers, plants and nature painting onto fabric before adding details with stitch, beads, threads and motifs to create a colourful bright textile panel that can be framed, made into a bag or cushion. Tutor - Helen Hallows
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Wednesday, 11th July 2018 - Wednesday, 11th July 2018

Mastering the Use of Colour in WatercolourKeeping watercolour fresh, vibrant and exciting is a challenge - we are all familiar with 'mud' a similar problems. This workshop will help you avoid such difficulties and enable you to produce wonderfully colourful fresh painting. Tutor Brian Robinson.
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Thursday, 12th July 2018 - Thursday, 12th July 2018

Upcycling & Interior Design - Lampshade WorkshopJoin experienced interior design, Lucy Renshaw and turn an old lampshade into a uniquely designed shade to take home with decorating materials provided. Interior design ideas will be covered to help inspire and introducing further upcycling projects.
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Monday, 6th August 2018 - Monday, 6th August 2018

Using Watercolour Pencils in Botanical ArtSpend the day exploring the wonderful versatility of watercolour pencils through the illustration of summer flowers with tutor Sue Radcliffe.
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Tuesday, 7th August 2018 - Tuesday, 7th August 2018

The Sparkling Waters Edge in AcrylicsCapture all the colours of summer at the waters sparkling edge in acrylics. A flowing river scene with summer foliage. Achieve a painting in a day with step by step tuition and with photographic reference. Tutor - Steve McLoughlin.
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Wednesday, 8th August 2018 - Wednesday, 8th August 2018

Dry brush and detail on flower petals - Botantical painting in WatercolourLearn how to build rich colour, texture and form and to create fine detail in this techniques based workshop. The various dry brush techniques will be taught using a variety of different seasonal flower petals as subjects. You will also learn to create the delicate veins and crisp edges to give...
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Tuesday, 11th September 2018 - Tuesday, 11th September 2018

Second Stage PrintingThis is an ideal workshop for those who have had a go at printing before and wish to extend their skills further. Try two and three colour printing along with different techniques and printing processes.
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Friday, 14th September 2018 - Friday, 14th September 2018

The Allotment Workshop in Acrylic, Papers & PastelsCreate a large scale allotment painting using mixed media, acrylic, paper and pastel. A fabulously creative day observing a range of light, riot of colour and the joy of plants, sheds, greenhouses and flowers in the allotments. Tutor - Janet Mayled.
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Saturday, 15th September 2018 - Saturday, 15th September 2018

All the Drama! - Moody Skies & Dramatic Landscapes in PastelsWe will create striking scenery with moody skies using a range of pastels and paper to show drama, intensity and texture on this creative workshop with individual guidance. All the materials and photographic reference provided. Tutor - Sandra Orme.
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Monday, 8th October 2018 - Monday, 8th October 2018

Autumn Treasures - The Nature Table in Papers & StichSpend the day creating your own autumn treasure from the Nature Table. Using hand-made papers, maps and with the addition of birds, images, leaves feather and berries, create a lovely piece of work to frame as a picture of make into a cushion or bad using hand or machine stich. All the materials...
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Tuesday, 9th October 2018 - Tuesday, 9th October 2018

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Thursday, 11th October 2018 - Thursday, 11th October 2018

Autumn Lights through the Trees in AcrylicsCapture the autumn light through the trees of burnished reds and golds. A true rendition of autumn, working step by step and with photographic reference, to complete an autumn scene by the end of the workshop led by tutor Steve McLoughlin. All abilities welcome.
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Saturday, 20th October 2018 - Saturday, 20th October 2018

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Thursday, 22nd November 2018 - Thursday, 22nd November 2018

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