Butterfly Cry

16 Apr 2018 – 18 May 2018

Regular hours

10:00 – 15:00
10:00 – 15:00
10:00 – 15:00
10:00 – 15:00
10:00 – 15:00

Cost of entry

Free Entry

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Banks Mill Studios

Derby, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Derby Bus Station - 17 mins walk, Bus Stop opposite Seven Stars pub on King Street - 4 mins walk,
  • Derby Railway Station, 30 mins walk
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The Story of Frida Kahlo Portraits, West End Girls & Christ of St John by John McDonald Artist


Butterfly Cry is a story of love and loss, suffering and strength; it is the story of the making of an artist.

Come to Banks Mill and enjoy a range of painings which is refreshing, exciting, colourful and accessible.  From stunning large-scale portraits to intimate interiors, the passion and pathos of this work is hard not to succomb to.

Showcasing Butterfly Cry, a series of portraits of Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo.

Introducing West End Girls: a collaboration which links heritage, history, and the University of Derby, through the stories of some of the inspirational women of Derby's West End.

Featuring the Christ of St Johns, after Salvador Dali, including The Big Yins as seen on BBC Arts.

An outsider artist whose practice is the key to survival and relationship, following 17 years of profound deafness, John's work declares:

I've come through my Dark Dark Dark period

And it's my painting that's bringing me Ligh Light Light

The artist will be working live for much of the exhibition.  If you want to watch, or talk, or learn to paint, this is a fasntastic opportunity.

The Big Yins appears with kind permissionfrom photographer James Stenson, and Highland Scullery appears with kind permissionfrom phtographer and former Buzzcocks drummer John Maher




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