Bonsall Arts Trail
Easter Weekend 4-5 April 2021

Bonsall Arts Trail is an annual curated arts trail for Derbyshire artists held in the beautiful Peak District village of Bonsall. Its inaugural event in 2020 was postponed due to the crisis, however will be back in 2021 with almost all our artists and sponsors still on board. Each one of our artists is featured weekly as Artist of the Week. There will be a limited number of spaces for new artists in 2021 so please keep looking here for more information or join our facebook group.

Artist of the Week

Sarah Perkins

Based at Banks Mill Studios in Derby, Sarah’s artistic passion and focus are Animals. She is a proud member of the Association of Animal Artists.
Her time is divided between customer commissions & her own creative works. With the use of acrylic paint on canvas she portrays subjects in a lively, vibrant way. Her techniques are self-developed, using the paint with a mixture of dense layers, dry dragging & layered washes of colour. Her inspirations have come from the admiration of impressionist painters & the pointillism styles of painting.

Click on the video for a quick tour of the studio at Banks Mill.

“Nelson” an English Bulldog

When producing portrait commissions, it is important for Sarah to succeed in portraying the character of the subject. It gives her great pleasure to know that clients love her style. They like the fact that the art produced is a creative expression of their animal, rather than an emulation of a photograph.

Sarah’s aim is to produce art that can be a feature and focal point within modern spaces & she finds it rewarding that people are drawn to her creative works.

“The Finest Ram”

From Sarah’s original artworks she reproduces them into Prints, Homewares and Greetings cards.
Sarah has a beautiful website which includes information on how to commission her and an online shop.

Sign up to her newsletter and you will receive 15% off your first order. Mention Bonsall Arts Trail when contacting Sarah about a commission and you will receive 10% off the price of a portrait.

Sarah’s art is available at:
The Makers, Dig Street, Ashbourne
Artcore, Albert Street, Derby
Raven Gifts & Interiors, Church Road, Quarndon.

Royal Household Cavalry Christmas Cards

Sarah’s recent proud moment is that she was commissioned to paint a Charity Christmas card design for the Royal Household Cavalry for 2020, which will be printed on 20,000 cards to raise funds for veterans of the regiment. She will be producing some limited edition Giclee prints of the artwork to raise further funds for the Charity.


Sarah organises regular workshops at her studio and at local arts groups. The photograph shows a recent workshop for an art group in Aston on Trent.
These will continue when social distancing allows.