High Light, Peak Light, Lake Light, City Light, Snow Light, Land Light books by Dave Butcher

Exhibitions and Events

Permanent and Extended Exhibitions

Briarwood Studio, Tunstead Milton

Dave Butcher has a studio in Tunstead Milton with around 40 framed photographs and 300 unframed photos on display. For location see contact page. Please telephone or email before you visit to confirm that photographs of interest are in stock to meet your requirements.

High Peak Artists

Gallery in the Gardens, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton.

This is a purpose built commercial gallery exhibition space in the main Pavilion Gardens building for the 44 members of High Peak Artists. We run the gallery ourselves and pay rent and commission on sales to High Peak Borough Council. It is adjacent to the Tourist Information Centre and shop.

There are framed and unframed black and white photographs by Dave Butcher, big and small, for sale with a strong bias to Buxton and the Peak District. The Gallery is open every day of the year except Christmas Day, 9.30am to 5pm. If you would like to come and meet me or have a chat I include the days when I will be running the Gallery (roughly twice a month) in my Events calendar and on my Home page.

My books are on sale in the main Pavilion Gardens shop.

Forthcoming Exhibitions and Events 2015

Framed and unframed Dave Butcher black and white photographs and posters, books, as well as courses, will be on sale at each of the events listed below:

Buxton Pavilion Gardens 2015 (our local events)

Great Peak District Fair

Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th October 2015, 10am to 5pm, free admission. A mixture of art, craft, farmers market and beer festival.

Artist and Designer Fairs

Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th September 2015. A high quality mixture of art and craft. 10am to 4.30pm, free admission.


Living Crafts at Christmas at Blenheim Palace

Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd November 2015. A high quality mixture of art, craft and farmers market with around 150 exhibitors.


Craft in Focus

Friday 4th to 6th September 2015. Wellington College, Crowthorne. Contemporary Craft and Design Fair

Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th November 2015, Contemporary Craft and Design Christmas FairRHS Wisley, near Woking/Guildford in Surrey.


International Craft and Hobby Fair, ICHF

Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th October 2015. Crafts for Christmas, Glasgow SECC. A mixture of art, craft and farmers market. Book in advance for cheaper tickets. 


Country Living at Christmas

Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th December 2015. Harrogate International Centre stand B82. Lots of exhibitors, big, high quality show. Tickets are cheaper if you buy online in advance.



High Peak Artists

An association of artists and craft workers living in and around the High Peak area of the Peak District. I am a member and committee secretary, and it's run as a workers co-operative. We are based in Buxton in Derbyshire and have our own permanent exhibition space, Gallery in the Gardens and the Art Cafe, both in Buxton Pavilion Gardens.


Past Exhibitions

3D/2D Craft and Design Fair, Edinburgh Assembly Rooms, Scotland, 2009

Art, Craft and Design Show, Newmarket Racecourse, Cambridgeshire, 2006

Art in the Garden, Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Yorkshire, 2007 - 2008

Artist and Designer's Fairs, Buxton Pavilion Gardens 2005 - 2015

Bakewell Show, Derbyshire, 2006 - 2008

Battersea Contemporary Art Fair, London: 2005 - 2006

BBC Good Homes Live, Birmingham NEC 2007

British Craft Trade Fair, BCTF, Harrogate, Yorkshire, 2011

Buxton Museum & Art Gallery: 'Peak Light' solo exhibition 2008

Buxton Pavilion Gardens Art Cafe: 'City Light' solo exhibition 2014

Buy Art Fair, Urbis Gallery, Manchester 2009

Craft in Focus Exhibitions, 2006 - 2015:
Caversham, Wellington College Crowthorne, Fawley Court Henley, Henley Showground, Guildford, Richmond, Sevenoaks, Welwyn, RHS Wisley

Derby Cathedral Centre Gallery, 'Peak Light' solo exhibition 2007, 'White Peaks' solo exhibition 2014

Derbyshire Open Arts (Darts), Briarwood, Tunstead Milton: 2006

Design Weekend, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire 2007

Easter Extravaganza,  Buxton Pavilion Gardens. 2013 - 2014

Focus on Imaging Exhibition, Birmingham NEC: 2005 - 2010, 2012 - 2013.

Gallery for a Weekend, Peak Village Rowsley, Derbyshire, 2007 - 2008 (12 weekends over 18 months)

Grand Designs Live, Birmingham NEC 2006

Great Peak District Fair, Buxton Pavilion Gardens, 2005 - 2014

High Peak Artists: Pump Room, Pavilion Gardens, Spa Gallery, Art Cafe, Gallery in the Gardens, Buxton 2005 - 2015

Home and Garden Show: Chester Racecourse, Cheshire, 2008

Ideal Home Show Scotland: Glasgow SECC 2013

Ideal Home Christmas Show: Earls Court 2013

International Craft and Hobby Fair, ICHF: Stonor Park, Glasgow SECC, Birmingham NEC, Penshurst Place 2011 - 2014

Kendal Mountain Film Festival, Art and Book Fair, Cumbria, 2006

Living Crafts, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire 2012 - 2015

Melbourne Festival Art Trail, Derbyshire, 2006

Peak District Products Exhibitions 2006 - 2013:
Haddon Hall, Lyme Park, Renishaw Hall, Thornbridge Hall, Edensor (Chatsworth), The Great Dome Art Fair Buxton

PhotoLive 2013, Hammersmith, London

Romor Exhibitions, Knebworth House Summer Craft and Design Show 2012

Rufford Centre Gallery (near Mansfield): Design Factory 'Allure 2005' Exhibition

Spring Fair, NEC Birmingham, 2011

Summer Fête, Buxton Pavilion Gardens, 2014 - 2015

Surtex, New York City, USA, 2007, 2008, 2011

Syon Park Art Fair, Brentford, London, 2006

The Storey Centre, Lancaster, 'Lake Light' solo exhibition 2011

Wirksworth Festival Art Trail, Derbyshire, 2005, 2006

Woolpack Inn, Boot, Eskdale, Cumbria, 'Lake Light' solo exhibiition 2012

Exhibition Stand Photos

Craft in Focus Christmas at RHS Gardens Wisley, November 2014

Wisley 2014


Buxton Pavilion Gardens Artist and Designer Fair, November 2014

Buxton Artist and Designer Fair Nov 2014


ICHF Crafts for Christmas, Birmingham NEC, November 2014

ICHF NEC November 2014


ICHF Crafts for Christmas, Glasgow SECC, October 2014

ICHF Glasgow SECC October 2014


Living Crafts, Hatfield House, May 2014

Dave Butcher Photography stand, Living Crafts Hatfield House, May 2014


City Light Solo Exhibition, Buxton Pavilion Gardes Art Cafe, May to July 2014

An exhibition of  41 framed hand printed darkroom photographs from my latest book, City Light.

City Light solo exhibition Buxton Art Cafe 2014


Ideal Home at Christmas, Earls Court London, November 2013

Dave Butcher Photography stand at Ideal Home at Christmas, Earls Court London Nov 2013


Ideal Home Scotland, Glasgow SECC, May 2013

Dave Butcher Photography stand at Ideal Home Scotland 2013


Focus on Imaging, Birmingham NEC, March 2013

Focus on Imaging Birmingham NEC March 2013


ICHF Crafts for Christmas, Birmingham NEC, November 2012

Our stand, E6 in hall 19 at the Crafts for Christmas show at the Birmingham NEC run by the International Craft and Hobby Fair company.


Lake Light Exhibition at the Woolpack Inn, Eskdale, September and October 2012

An exhibition of 23 Lake District photographs in the main bar at the Woolpack Inn.

Woolpack 2012


Peak District Artisans Great Dome Art Fair, Buxton Dome July 2012

This is a big event that we do with Peak District Artisans, who organise the whole thing. It's the last weekend of the Buxton Festival and is an official Festival Fringe event so we have lots of visitors. The Buxton Dome  is spectacular, the dome is bigger than St Pauls and for a while was the largest unsupported dome in Europe. Originally built by the Duke of Devonshire in the late 1700's for schooling his horses then converted to a hospital and now the main campus building for the University of Derby in Buxton.


Peak District Artisans Spring Showcase at Haddon Hall, March 2012

There were 36 artists and craft workers, all members of Peak District Artisans and living and working in the Peak District, spread throughout Haddon Hall in Derbyshire (near Bakewell). A medieval stately home that still felt medieval and was a little challenging to set up in. We were in the State Bedroom!

Haddon Hall 20112


Focus on Imaging, Birmingham NEC 2012

We were back on the Ilford Photo stand at Focus on Imaging for the 5th time in 8 years. This time we were selling books and courses as well as talking about Ilford darkroom products.


Craft in Focus Christmas show, RHS Wisley 2011

We have done quite a few shows with Rob Chapman and his Craft in Focus organisation. They are always well organised and usually well attended. This was our stand at the Christmas show at RHS Wisley in November 2011.


ICHF Crafts for Christmas, Glasgow SECC, 2011

We exhibited for the first time with ICHF in 2011, including Stonor Park near Henley on Thames, the NEC and Glasgow (shown here).


The Storey Centre, Lancaster, 2011

This was a solo exhibition that ran for about 10 weeks in the Thomas Storey Room.

Lancaster exhibition Lake Light


Surtex Licensing Trade Fair, Jacob Javits Centre New York 2011

This was the third time that we had our own stand at Surtex. It is a show for licensing images for printing onto surfaces and textiles.

Since it was in Manhattan in New York and is specifically for image licensing there was no need for picture frames and stand furniture like print browsers. Jan did the show on her own to save on costs and most of the prints on display were unmounted to save on weight and bulk such that everything would fit in a large suitcase and meet airline weight limits.

We had a mixture of International Graphics Walmsley GmbH posters (4 big ones at 1 metre x 0.5 metres, all of New York), 5 hand prints and over 30 Silver Prints (printed by Ilford Lab Direct from scans of my negatives). The picture here gives you an idea of what was on display. Jan also had a few copies of each of my 3 books and 4 portfolio books of black and white photographs, arranged by subject.

Dave Butcher Photography stand at Surtex trade show 2011


Spring Fair Trade Show, Birmingham NEC 2011

The Spring Fair is the largest trade show for the gift industry in the UK, held in early February every year.

In 2011 we had a stand for the first time and exhibited our range of silver gelatine prints for retail and image licensing.

Spring Fair Dave Butcher Stand


Focus on Imaging, Birmingham NEC 2010

We were on the Ilford Photo / Harman Technology stand again with a generous allocation of space from Ilford.

Surtex Licensing Trade Fair, Jacob Javits Centre New York 2008

In 2008, this was our second time that we had our own stand at Surtex, a show for licensing images for printing onto surfaces and textiles.

A different sort of display to the retail shows that we do in the UK. Lots of our existing licensing products on display as well as others to show the wide range of black and white photographs available.

Surtex Licensing Trade Fair, New York 2008


Peak Light Solo Exhibition, Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, 2008

I had a solo exhibition at the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery from January to Easter 2008. It was called Peak Light and displayed 36 framed hand printed traditional darkroom prints.

Peak Light exhibition Buxton Museum and Art Gallery 2008


Focus On Imaging, Birmingham NEC 2007

Dave Butcher Photographs on the Ilford Photo display on the Harman Technology / Ilford Photo stand in 2007 at the Focus on Imaging show at the NEC, Birmingham.

Dave Butcher Photographs and Books on Ilford Photo stand, Focus on Imaging 2007


Dave Butcher Photography at BBC Good Homes, Birmingham NEC 2007

We have done a few big retail shows at the Birmingham NEC. BBC Good Homes was combined with BBC Good Food and BBC Gardeners World to make a very large show.

This is our stand. As you can see it has a huge range of photographs on sale, as well as books and photography courses. I hate the pink carpet and facia panels!

Dave Butcher Photography at BBC Good Homes NEC 2007


Surtex Licensing Trade Fair, Jacob Javits Centre New York 2007

This was a new departure for us, our first trade show and our first show outside the UK. The show was Surtex, a show for licensing images for printing onto surfaces and textiles. I joined the UKTI Passport to Export scheme and received quite a bit of grant money to encourage us to do a trade show overseas and this was the one we decided to do. Without this support we would not have done it as the cost was considerable.

Jan did the show on her own to save money and took everything for the stand over with her in a large suitcase.

The photograph of Jan and the stand was kindly taken by a neighbouring exhibitor, Cindy Evert

Dave Butcher Photography stand at Surtex New York 2007


Dave Butcher Gallery for a Weekend - Peak Village Rowsley 2007

A typical display at Peak Village Rowsley.

In 2007 and 2008 we took a retail unit for the weekend and set up a 'Gallery for a Weekend'. Lots of framed and mounted black and white photos as well as books and courses.

Dave Butcher Gallery for a Weekend - Peak Village Rowsley 2007


Grand Designs Live, Birmingham NEC 2006 

We had our own stand as part of the Design Factory group.

Dave Butcher stand at Grand Designs Live 2006


Dave Butcher on Ilford Photo stand at Focus On Imaging, Birmingham NEC 2006

The Ilford Photo / Harman Technology stand at Focus on Imaging at the NEC Birmingham; 2006 was the first year that Harman used my images on their stand.

Dave Butcher on Ilford Photo stand at Focus On Imaging  2006


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