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ART TO PLAY A PART IN PEAK PARK PROMOTION

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Friday 28 May 2004

28 May 2004

ART TO PLAY A PART IN PEAK PARK PROMOTION

Artists and craftspeople are getting creative in a drive to promote their work and the Peak District.

Around 30 artists and craftworkers who use the area as an inspiration or source of materials will gather at the Peak District National Park Authority HQ at Aldern House, Bakewell on Thursday June 10 to see how their efforts could be marketed under one umbrella to help tourism and the economy.

Examples of the proposed Peak District Environmental Arts scheme include landscape artists, photographers, stained glassmakers, people who use wool from Peak District sheep or sustainable wood for sculptures as well as poets, dancers or musicians working with local schools or community groups.

Many of those taking part are receiving grants from the Authority's New Environmental Economy scheme because of their positive impact on the environment and tourism.

Sue Prince, an illustrator and National Park Authority member who has helped launch two similar schemes on Peak District food promotion said: "The driving force behind those schemes was to help establish links between food and tourism businesses, which have proved to be of valuable economic benefit.

"With the arts project we'll be encouraging people to raise the awareness of local arts and again build links between artists and tourism businesses and the environment."

The day is being co-ordinated by Bakewell writer David Fine of Arts in the Peak who said: "The aim of the day is to work out how such a scheme will work in practice, helping to channel support, financial and otherwise, to contribute positively to the environment of the Peak District. If you're in the creative industries and feel for the Peak District, this day is for you."

Any artist or craftworker who would like to know more, contact David Fine on 01629 812075.

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