Pictures in the Landscape to transform Dovedale into open-air literary art gallery

By Culture24 Staff | 27 May 2010
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a watercolour of a rock outcrop next to a river

(Above) Church Rock in Dovedale, a lithograph by J Scott. Derbyshire County Council

The gentle splendour of Dovedale in the Peak District has long attracted visitors to its hills, moors and valleys. Now the beautiful Derbyshire dale, with its famous stepping-stones, caves and craggy peaks flanking the River Dove, is to be the setting for an innovative open-air gallery celebrating the artworks that have been inspired by the area.

Pictures in the Landscape features 20 historic views of the Peak District selected and reproduced from the collection at Buxton Museum and hung in a three and a half mile route through the beauty spot, providing an art trail that walkers can discover themselves.

Favourite landscapes will include the dramatic Thorp Cloud, an engraving by J Mason from a painting by Tomas Smith of Derby 1776, and Henry Moore of Derby’s 1810 watercolour, The Dove Holes, Dove Dale.

a watercolour paintig showing a river valley falnked by rocky cliffs and caves

(Above) Dove Holes, Henry Moore of Derby. Derbyshire County Council

The dale's transformation is part of Derbyshire County Council's 6th Literature Festival, a fortnight of more than 100 events which runs from June 1 in libraries and other venues across the county.

In keeping with the literary theme, the trail is accompanied by text from some of the country's greatest writers and poets of the day, including verse by William Wordsworth.

Events related to the outdoor exhibition:

Poems in the Landscape - a relaxing poetry walk around Dovedale with Derbyshire County Council’s poet laureate Ann Atkinson - Dovedale, Thursday, June 3, 6.30pm-8pm. £4 or £3 concessions. Meet at the car park near the Izaak Walton Hotel.

Guided walk around Dovedale – a tour of the Pictures in the Landscape exhibition with Derbyshire County Council’s museums director Ros Westwood and a National Trust ranger. Start from Milldale car park on Saturday, June 5, at 11am. Free, but places are limited and must be booked in advance by calling the National Trust on 01335 350503. Bring a packed lunch and wear comfortable shoes.

Find information about the events from the festival brochure at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/festival. Tickets can be reserved at any Derbyshire County Council library or by contacting Derbyshire’s festival information hotline 08456 058 058.

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