New Derbyshire Art Gallery brings together the work of ten artists for its first exhibition


Jonathan Michael Ray, Verity Birt and Tom Sewell contribute to the Gatherine exhibition at the Haarlem Gallery at Red Lion, Wirksworth (photo: Will Slater).
Jonathan Michael Ray, Verity Birt and Tom Sewell contribute to the Gatherine exhibition at the Haarlem Gallery at Red Lion, Wirksworth (photo: Will Slater).

The exhibition at the Haarlem Gallery at the Red Lion Hotel showcases the work of ten contributors and explores the act of coming together after a year of travel restrictions and social isolation. From prehistoric sites to folk rituals and rave music, their creations reflect acts of communal intimacy, creating bonds, bonds and intimacy.

Entitled Gathering, the exhibition is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. until December 19.

Award-winning artists Verity Birt and Jonathan Michael Ray organized the exhibit.

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The Haarlem Gallery is located at the Red Lion Hotel in Wirksworth (photo: Will Slater).

Verity Birt is a practice-based doctoral and doctoral candidate at the University of Northumbria and the BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art in Newcastle Upon Tyne. This year, she received the Christine Downing Fellowship from the Opus Archives and Research Center at the Pacifica Institute in California.

Jonathan Michael Ray holds an MFA in Fine Art Media from the Slade School of Art, University College London. Jonathan’s work includes video, photography, sculpture, printing, and drawing. This year Jonathan was a finalist for the National Sculpture Award.

This will be the first in a series of stimulating exhibitions that have been scheduled for the gallery throughout the year.

Co-Director Olivia Punnett said: “This exhibition is really going to set the tone for the rest of the annual program in Haarlem, we want to bring together in Wirksworth not only small but nationally renowned artists. “

The artists who contribute to the Gathering exhibition are:

Simon Bayliss – artist and music producer based at Porthmeor Studios in St Ives, Cornwall, UK. Simon is trained as a painter and more recently as a potter.

Ilkner Cinarel – a Turkish-British artist based in St Ives, Cornwall, UK. Ilkner works across a range of media including performance, film, installation, learning and social arts practice.

Georgia Gendall – artist and gardener based in Falmouth, Cornwall. Georgia currently has a studio at CAST and often mixes her professional gardening activities with creative exploitation.

Steven Claydon – artist who lives and works in London. Claydon’s work explores the cultural histories and narratives acquired by objects and works of art over time. His work encompasses sculpture, painting, video and performance.

Dan Howard-Birt – painter. Dan is the director of Kingsgate Workshops, London, and he is also co-director of LIDO Projects. Dan’s work refers to the painters of the modern era and to the projections of the painter’s subjective consciousness on his figures and landscapes.

Abigail Reynolds – artist based in St Just, Cornwall, who has a studio at Porthmeor in St Ives. Whether she’s working on a sculpture, a movie or an event, all of her work is essentially a collage: the practice of bringing found materials into a new context.

Lucy Stein – British artist whose work draws on an engagement with British Modernist painting, feminist theory and women’s literature. His work ranges from painting to performance and film.

Tom Sewell – Artist who works through sculpture, drawing, installation, printing, performance, photography and writing. His work aims to understand human relationships with nature.


William E. Bennett