During Spring Bank Holiday, Saturday 25 to Monday 27 May, and for the eighth year in succession, Derbyshire Open Arts members will be showcasing their work to visitors in 82 venues across the county.

Since its small beginnings in 2006, the Derbyshire Open Arts weekend has grown, with 306 talented, creative people signed up for the event this year. There is free entry to all venues and visitors will have an opportunity to see and buy an original work of art – be it paintings, sculptures, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, woodwork or metalwork. Many local artists and craftspeople will accept commissions and also offer workshops, demonstrations and talks.

Some artists will be exhibiting in their own studios, where they can show how their work is produced, others have come together in halls, chapels and art centres in artistic ‘hotspots’ – from Glossop and New Mills in the north-east, through Holymoorside, Dronfield, Darley Dale, Cromford, Matlock Bath, Holloway and Tansley, to Darley Abbey and Derby in the south.

Derbyshire Open Arts has produced a colourful and informative 66-page brochure. The clear-to-read instructions and location maps enable visitors to find and plan routes around the venues over the three days. Brochures are available free in all tourist centres and libraries, and from participating artists.

Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk