Saturday, 13 December 2008

Welcome to The Portway Project

In Summer 2008 I began work on a major project to record in paintings the ancient 50 mile route that crosses Derbyshire from Mam Tor to Stapleford. For some time I had been searching for a trackway to record, but those that I knew had no historical basis. Stephen Bailey's Portway walking guide, published in May 2008 (, introduced me to the perfect route and has proved invaluable.

I have decided to start a blog of the project since the pace is rapidly increasing, and the idea growing in many directions.

An exhibition of the paintings will take place at Tregoning Fine Art, Derby, in March 2009, and will be accompanied by a colour book and a short film. (

Above: Dale Abbey Hermitage (oil on canvas, 40 x 50cm)

Yesterday I met Stephen Bailey, who kindly commented on work so far. It was great to discuss the route with the expert, and we have decided to walk several sections together to record material for the film.

Work so far has concentrated on short sections of the route, particularly around Dale Abbey and Ashford in the Water:

Above: Ashford in the Water (oil on canvas, 60 x 30cm)

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