About High Peak Artists
High Peak Artists (HPA) was formed in 1998 by David Woodrow and Kathy MacMillan, both still members of the group. The original venue was the Pump Room in Buxton Crescent until Christmas 2008. The group was originally called High Peak Artists and Craft Workers Association and many years later this was reduced to High Peak Artists.
In March 2009 the group moved to the current location of Pavilion Gardens and named the display space Gallery in the Gardens. Since then it has operated as a commercial gallery to sell the work of the members and promote arts in the local area with demonstrations and workshops. High Peak Artists remains an artists co-operative allowing individual local artists to sell their work to a wide audience.
We now have 43 artists with varied forms of 2D and 3D art available for sale. Most live within the High Peak area of the Peak District. This is roughly centred on Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Whaley Bridge but extending as far as Glossop in the north, Leek in the south and Macclesfield in the west. In fact, being within this geographical area is one of the main criteria for being considered a member. In addition, members are required to share the costs of rental and overheads as well as share the manning of the gallery. The group is run by a small committee of HPA members that are elected each year at our AGM.
We keep the same opening hours as the main Pavilion Gardens building and we occupy part of the Retail Arcade area. There is always at least one of the artists running the gallery at any time, with more at busy times such as the Summer Festivals and Bank Holidays.