Photography exhibition of Derbyshire’s longest, wateriest artwork comes to Bakewell

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Wednesday 1 April 2015

Derwent Pulse lights on the river at ChatsworthImages of hundreds of multi-coloured lights floating on the river Derwent are the focus of a new exhibition which opens in Bakewell in April.

The photographs capture a unique artwork called Derwent Pulse that was created on the river last October by local artist Charles Monkhouse.

Commissioned by Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, the project involved hundreds of people from communities alongside the river Derwent who shepherded the light spheres along its entire length.

The river’s source is below the Howden Moors, it runs through Chatsworth Park and eventually meets the river Trent at Shardlow, south of Derby.

Don Symonds, who manages Bakewell visitor centre said: “This exhibition is a visual record and celebration of an illuminating work of art. Resonating with the ancient pulse of the first ever factories, the lights weave together past, present and future histories of Derbyshire, its landscape and its people.

“I hope people will come along and enjoy the exhibition and discover the Peak District from a completely different angle.”

The exhibition is on from April 14 to May 12 and can be seen in the Peak Gallery at Bakewell visitor centre. Entry is free.

Housed in Bakewell’s historic Old Market Hall, the exhibition is in a fully accessible photography gallery at the visitor centre. It is open every day from 9.30am to 5pm.

Information on the photography gallery can be seen at

For more details call Bakewell visitor centre on 01629 816558.

Picture caption:
Derwent Pulse images are on show in Bakewell visitor centre from April 14 to May 12

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