One cold afternoon at a Detbydhire bookshop I met up with Kate Bellis a Derbyshire Artist. She is bringing a fascinating story of a Derbyshire Hill to London next month and you will be given the unique opportunity to help build an iconic Derbyshire drystone Wall!

“HILL” is the story of One Derbyshire Hill, told in photography, moving image, sculpture, poetry and sound and will be at the Copeland Gallery in Peckham from Thursday February 21st to Sunday March 3rd.

The exhibition will show the work of award-winning photographer Kate Bellis, who has spent the last 20 years documenting the relationships between rural communities and the land around them.

Kate’s images capture the working life of the hill – farming and quarrying – as well as images of the community that live in the shelter of the hill.

Alongside Kate’s photographs, the exhibition will house a full-sized friesian dairy cow – made from the Hill itself, using Longcliffe Limestone – by acclaimed sculptor Sally Matthews.

There will also be a 20ft Derbyshire Longcliffe Limestone Wall, built by dry stone Waller Nick Wilson and his partner Emma Alsop, a shepherd.

Off course you can purchase my documentary on Drystone walling at the exhibition.

To find out more about the project visit


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