About the event

The Dame Catherine Arts Summer Exhibition is a charity set up as a fundraiser to help support Dame Catherine Harpur’s School in Ticknall, Derbyshire. The Art Show continues to generate a key source of income for a range of projects at the school.

In 2022

We’re pleased to continue the hybrid Exhibition pioneered in 2021. All artwork will be displayed on the website. People from around the world can view and buy work, and we’ve had sales in Australia and Hawaii! Selected pieces will be displayed in the physical venue based on artists’ preference.

In previous years

During the August Bank Holiday weekend, the school and village hall next door are transformed into a fully featured art gallery, with artists coming from all over the country to exhibit.

Since 1993 the exhibition has been run by a dedicated team of parents, ex-parents, friends and volunteers. With over 1000 pieces of art on show and sales of over £21,000 in 2017 and £18,500 in 2019, this really is a unique event in a truly delightful setting.

There is a free children’s festival with lots of arts and craft activities throughout the weekend. Kids have free entry and are welcome to join in with the activities.

A cafe serving delicious cakes, light lunches and beverages is on site.

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