Michela Griffith

New Mills, High Peak / Photography inspired by water

Opening days

Saturday 26th May
Sunday 27th May
Monday 28th May
Saturday 2nd June
Sunday 3rd June
There is a preview evening on Friday 25th May

Michela Griffith’s images celebrate the beauty and diversity of water in motion, and its ever changing interaction with light, land and season.  This ‘Liquid Light’ also inspires her to experiment with movement in and through the landscape.  By working locally and through experimentation she has developed a clear vision and a distinctive style. 


Water offers many possibilities; a palette to suit each mood, the possibility of a painter’s touch.  There is an obvious beauty to be found but we tend to underestimate how this changes with time and how important movement is to our experience of the landscape.  The images that you see are created in camera and not at a computer: using longer exposures and introducing subject movement allows me to create works that are frequently mistaken for paintings.  I print all but the largest images myself onto fine art paper which emphasises this quality.  The camera lends itself to creative interpretations, only our imagination and our tendency to adhere to precedent limit us  Photographing water has fundamentally changed my way of seeing, and I now look at the land with new eyes.”


Since 2014 Michela's images have featured in solo exhibitions at The Joe Cornish Galleries, Northallerton;  Buxton Museum and Art Gallery; The Peak Photographic Gallery, Bakewell; and in a joint exhibition at Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek.  Her work has been exhibited widely, including as part of Lichfield Festival Visual Arts Exhibition 2014;  The Chatsworth Festival Art Out Loud 2016;  Derbyshire Open Arts;  Buxton Art Trail (where she received a nomination for excellence in the Visual Arts in the Festival Fringe Awards 2017) and in ‘Over the Hill: A Photographic Journey’ at The Montefiore Hospital, Hove, for Brighton Fringe.


Michela is a member of Peak District Artisans and a contributor to On Landscape magazine. 


She is represented by the Longitude Gallery, Clitheroe, and Cromford Studio and Gallery.


Limited Edition photographic prints and open edition prints / cards are available from the above and directly from Michela - see website for forthcoming exhibitions and events. Locally these include Peak District Artisans' Chatsworth Exhibition 12 January to 9 March;  Derbyshire Open Arts 25-28 May at Spring Banks Arts Centre, New Mills, and 2-3 June at Beechenhill Farm, Ilam, nr. Ashbourne;  and The Great Dome Art Fair, Devonshire Dome, Buxton, 13-15 July 2018.

Derbyshire Open Arts Plus extra days:

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 June 10.00am to 5.00pm at Beechenhill Farm, Ilam, Ashbourne DE6 2BD. Beechenhill is 1 mile up the steep hill north of Ilam, past the school.  When the hill goes flat on top, the farm is first on left down tree-lined drive.

Contact Information

Phone number: 
07986 512077

Venue Information

Spring Bank Arts Centre, St James The Less Church, Spring Bank,
New Mills, High Peak
SK22 4BH
Venue, 8 artists. From New Mills centre follow Market Street onto Spring Bank, uphill past Town Hall. The centre (a renovated church) is on left, after Adult Education Centre. Refreshments and Cakes. Roadside parking. Preview evening 7.30-9.30pm Friday 25th May.
This venue has full disabled access
Second Venue for the ‘Plus dates’: 
Beechenhill Farm Ilam Ashbourne DE6 2BD