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Banks Mill Open Studios

Fri 5pm-8pm; Sat & Sun 10am-5pm

We hold our annual Open Studios in November where over 50 creative businesses will be showcasing and selling their work.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Derby and beyond to meet artists, designers, makers, and creative service businesses in their working studios, buy original art and unique handmade products and support local Derby businesses.

This is not only an event, but also an experience with five floors of artwork on display, demonstrations of body art, kids’ art trail and food by a local street food vendor. 

Among the artists taking part you can see a variety of different disciplines including:

  • Art
  • Ceramics
  • Classical Guitar
  • Fashion Design
  • Glass Art
  • Home Interiors
  • Illustration
  • Jewellery
  • Make Up & Body Art
  • Mosaics
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Printmaking
  • Tattoo
  • Textiles and Accessories
  • Videography

You can easily spend the whole day wandering around this old Victorian rope factory, which was converted into studios twenty years ago.   

Banks Mill, which is owned by the University of Derby, was first opened in 1999 to contribute to Derby's economic growth by assisting in the start-up of unique enterprises in the creative industries. 

For more information and to find out about the businesses taking part visit and