The Society was formed in 2003. Our aim is to promote the arts for the benefit of the local community – in particular, the residents of the administrative parish of Holymoorside and Walton, near Chesterfield in Derbyshire and its environs.
Throughout the years we have given support and performing opportunities to develop the talents of many local musicians, writers, amateur actors and fine artists as well as attracting nationally known speakers and performers. We have hosted numerous exhibitions of fine arts – in particular, Derbyshire Open Arts – presented author talks, produced drama performances and promoted many concerts including folk, jazz, choral and classical music, under the direction of Arts Festival Musical Director, Katy Strudwick.
Well known guest writers include Gervase Phinn, Sophie Hannah, Stephen Booth, Helen Castor, and Derbyshire Poets Laureate, River Walton and Helen Mort.
Sophie Hannah, Helen Castor and Helen Mort
We are also pleased to have promoted the development of a local writing group and the publication of debut novels and short stories by Heather Shaw, Freda Bowman and Alva de Chiro – each of whom have also written plays and presentations for performance by a locally formed drama group.
All are welcome at our performances. We are also pleased to hear from anyone with ideas for an event or presentation. Get in touch via the Contact Page.
Details of forthcoming events are on the Arts Events page.
In 2006 we introduced Holymoorside Film, and two films are shown each month in a self-funding programme running from September – April. Becoming a member meets the obligations of our screening licence and ensures the future of our village cinema.
Full details can be found on the Holymoorside Film page.