Bridget Whitehouse needs little introduction to those who have been to the festival before and she returns to the festival by popular request. She pots in a studio in Dovedale with views over Dovedale and the Staffordshire Moorland Hills. Much of her inspiration comes from this together with her love of the pure forms of 11th and 12th century Chinese ceramics.

Lewis Noble has lived and worked in Derbyshire since 1996. Over this time he has built a reputation as one of central England’s foremost artists. His focus lies in the physical and emotional impact of the landscape on the senses and how it the experience of being in landscape effects us as human beings.

In recent years Lewis has focussed exclusively on painting the landscape. This provides the opportunity to experiment with "pure painting" whilst retaining an essential grounding in observation.

Noble's work draws on the diverse landscapes of the Peak District, Scotland, Wales and France. Creating clear, defined bodies of work, he explores his chosen subject through changing emotions, movement, light & colour.
Noble was Derbyshire’sArtist in Residence in 2001 as part of the Vickers Art Prize, when he held residencies at four prominent locations around the county.

David Risk Kennard has been living and painting in Dorset for 25 years. His passion for landscape, trees and nature has been developed from childhood.  David Risk Kennard was trained at Bristol College of Art. Post Graduate studies were undertaken in London and Paris.

David’s watercolour and ink paintings have earned him critical acclaim and a loyal following of supporters.  He has been commissioned to travel and paint in many parts of the world, including Africa, Albania, Scotland and at Cowes Week

A professional artist for all his life David won the Arts Council Purchase Prize in 1982 and ever since has exhibited frequently at galleries in London and the provinces.


Jane Rye was brought up among the beech woods and hangers of Gilbert White’s Selborne and likes drawings trees. Anything from overgrown hedges to majestic beeches. She likes the way a dull patch of woodland can be suddenly transformed by the fall of light, and the way that groups of trees form dramatic tableaux and conversation pieces.

She enjoys the physical activity of drawing: the repetitive, rhythmic movements of hatching and shading  and the endless variety of marks and textures that can be made with pencil, pen, charcoal and ink.

For the last few years she has been visiting Derbyshire and drawing the trees along the banks of the Manifold river.


Jack Skinner’s recent paintings of Peak District and West Dorset landscapes convey a distinct poetic sensibility. From his studios in Stone, Staffordshire, or Bridport in Dorset he ventures out to capture the distinctive land forms or the patterning made by farming over the ages. He renders them in acrylic, used thinly as one might use watercolour, sometimes enhanced with pastel or crayon.

‘Because of difficulty of access, the Dorset paintings have been prepared in the comfort of my studio from compositional sketches or snapshots taken as aide-memoires. The Peak landscapes have been painted – often in anything but comfort – on location. The strange geological forms and irregular pattern of shapes created by farming provide their subject.’

Jack Skinner was Head of the Department of Fine Art at Staffordshire University and has continued to paint and teach ever since retirement.