From today Derby Museums have are inviting people to visit two new linked exhibits – Process and Progress. Visitors can explore the making process and artistic progression of modernist sculptor Ronald Pope and seven other artists who have all worked in Derbyshire to create work inspired by its landscape and people.

The first exhibition shows work from artists that have previously won the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award from their residency in Derbyshire alongside some of their work today and explores their different creative journeys since then.

This internationally recognised, biennial Award was established by Foundation Derbyshire in 1998 with the help of a legacy from the estate of the late Jonathan Vickers, a lifelong lover of fine arts.

The successful artist receives a bursary to base themselves in Derbyshire for a year to produce art based on the theme ‘A Sense of Place’. Support and mentoring for the artist is provided by the University of Derby’s College of Arts and their year culminates in a final exhibition at Derby Museums and Mall Galleries in London.

The second exhibition focuses on the Derbyshire sculptor, Ronald Pope (1920-1997) who created works in stone, metal and wood that can be found in dozens of locations across the Midlands including schools and churches.

Although influenced by the work of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, Pope developed highly individual sculptures over four decades, drawing inspiration for much of his work from landscape of the Derbyshire Peak District.

Tony Butler, Executive Director, Derby Museums says:

“Both Ronald Pope and the winners of the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award take their inspiration from the natural and industrial landscapes of Derbyshire. Pope’s practice was shaped by his job at Rolls-Royce; he uses welding and bracing in many of his sculptures.

The vickers’ artists show a variety of landscapes, details of industrial buildings and interpretations of the heritage of Derbyshire. Over the past 20 years the work produced by these artists has shown consistent depth and inventiveness.

The exhibition will be one of the most varied and fascinating held at the museum for many years.”

Process and Progress opens on Friday 14th February and runs until Sunday 10th May at Derby Museum and Art Gallery on The Strand. Admission is free and visitors are invited to ‘give what they think’ as a donation to enable Derby Museums to continue to bring fantastic exhibitions to the city and to keep their museums free for everyone.