Clare Allan
Artwork. Charcoal and coloured chalk landscapes.

Trained in printmaking at Hull (BA in Fine Art, 1991) Exhibitions; London, Liverpool, Derbyshire, Holland, I like to draw from life.

I try to draw what I see in front of me in the simplest way possible.

Local scenes. Commissions accepted
Spring Bank Arts Centre
Not-For-Profit Community Arts Centre bringing live arts and performance to New Mills. Venue available for Hire. See our website for details;

Spring Bank Arts Centre operates for all the community in New Mills. In an exquisite Grade 2 listed former church, next to the landmark Almshouses, the property has been restored and refurbished to the highest standard. There is now a generous performance space, a meeting room, kitchen area plus a pretty pollinator garden designed and managed by local volunteers. All parts of the venue are available to hire. See website for details.

Run by volunteers the Centre is a busy place seven days a week. There are regular concerts, theatre productions, film shows, exhibitions of art and of local heritage. It is home to an extensive range of activities including Science Club, Yoga, creative arts workshops, Salsa Dance and groups for French, Photography, Philosophy, and Tai Chi.

Visitors are more than welcome to call in and look round the stunning interior either during office hours or by appointment for an out-of-hours tour.
We can be followed on Facebook and Twitter and by email.
01663 308202
Hand Crafted Textiles. Ranging from Pot Holders, Tea Cosies, to Cushions and Quilted Bags.

Hello there, thanks for dropping by. A New Mills girl born and bred, Alison to you. I strive to run up crafts using fabulous fabrics. Both my Gran and Mother were machinists and I have picked up the bug from over their loving shoulders. Watching as they often made clothes for us kids when times were hard and Stockport was a trip you made twice a year!

I have a distinct love of our little town and therefore like to make products associated with days gone by. Although some may call this Vintage, I’d rather refer to them as Heritage.

Pinnies worn everyday for cleaning or cooking, pot holders for pans full to the brim of boiling taters. Table cloths for Sunday tea, and cushions to be plumped up for sinking into at the end of your work horse day. Tea cosies to show off to Aunty when the fine China comes out and pot towels as they are known round ‘ere for when the dishes are washed.

Shopping bags for carting home the bread and onions, and if your lucky a smart quilted bag for a trip to the seaside, and gay coloured bunting for Wakes Week! Pump bags for your urchins and book bags for school or swimming.

All these items come from my memories and I will soon be adding baby quilts and pram quilts so you can add to yours.
I only use quality fabrics and much care and attention to detail goes into my work.
My bits are born from memories, hopes and aspirations. All the things that take you from a child to an adult.

I will post some pictures past and present.

The Studios Gallery & Workshops
The Studios Gallery was established in 2013 to promote the work of contemporary artists through a regular exhibition and event programme.
The Studios also provides affordable work and project space for artists and also offers a full rolling programme of fine art workshops covering a wide variety of subjects.

The Studios also provides affordable work and project space for artists.

The Studios also offers a full rolling programme of fine art workshops covering a wide variety of subjects.

The gallery works in partnership with artists to co-curate group exhibitions and live events. It is an experimental space promoting different approaches to presentation and most importantly engaging diverse audiences with quality contemporary art. From performance to interactive events and new to established international artists.

Workshops are facilitated by artists from across the UK and range across short drop-in, intensive master-class courses run over several weeks and residential weekend courses. Longer courses often end with a short exhibition of students’ work, which is open to the public.

Workshops are held in our large, light and airy gallery space. Flooded with sunlight in the daytime, the space also has high specification daylight lighting for evening sessions. Numbers of participants to each workshop are kept low to ensure close tuition.

As an organisation based in a small, semi-rural town in North Derbyshire we are also aware of the vast potential of showing work outside of a gallery environment as a way of introducing contemporary art to new audiences.

I am a highly creative and dependable designer, based in the beautiful Peak District.
Working with you, I can create a memorable identity, a stunning website, or a successful print campaign — tailored for your business. Let’s make something!