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Peak Village boost to local Arts charity

Peak Village boost to local Arts charity

Peak Village in Rowsley has announced that local arts organisation Level Centre will be its charity of the year for 2023.

As well as supporting Level Centre by collaborating on exhibitions and activities, Peak Village will be sponsoringLevel’spublic visual art event later this year

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Level Centre is a contemporary arts organisation located near to Peak Village in Rowsley. As a charity, it celebrates ‘the art that difference makes’, producing and promoting high quality contemporary work that is powerful and relevant.  All of the work on display at the centre has been created by disabled artists or by artists who consider access to be at the heart of their practice. 

Open to the public, Level hosts a year-round, inclusive programme of free digital, visual and performing arts, alongside artists’ residencies and creative workshops.

Peak Village centre manager Katayune Jacquin: “We’re so pleased that Level Centre are our charity of choice this year, and hope to grow awareness of the valuable work they do.  There are so many inspiring things happening at Level, and we have exciting plans to amplify these at Peak Village across 2023, starting with a month-long exhibition of works by Level artists from May 18th.

Kerry Andrews, Executive Director at the Level Centre: “We're thrilled to be the Peak Village charity of the year for 2023, and it couldn't have come at a better time for us. 

“As well as raising money for Level, Peak Village will be home to some of our digital, visual and performing art projects and we're really excited to be sharing what we do with their customers. We can't thank our lovely neighbours at Peak Village enough; their support will help us continue to deliver creative programmes that celebrate the Art that Difference Makes."

Level Centre’s RIBA award-winning building opened as a contemporary arts centre in 2008. Designed to be accessible, light floods through the building’s 60 windows into an inspiring, creative space for visual, digital and performing arts. 

As part of its ‘Level Makes’ programme the centre hosts performing and visual art workshops for learning disabled adults, offering them the chance to share their workat Level and in the wider community.Level has a national impact and is recognised as a pioneer in accessible digital practice

Peak Village actively supports local makers, artists and producers, and regularly welcomes creative pop-up experiences and residencies to sit alongside the many independent brands and businesses that call it home.  In the past year Peak Village has added Coghlans Food and Wine Experience Centre, Wild Olive, Lambs Cakes and Bakes and food, drink and retail concept Chatsworth Kitchen, which have all proved popular with the local community and visitors alike.  

Situated in the village of Rowsley on the edge of the Peak District National Park, Peak Village is home to nearly 20 retail and leisure businesses and employs between 80 and 100 people. Significant investment over the past two years has enabled the site to continue growing following its purchase in 2021 by the Devonshire Group, based at nearby Chatsworth.


Notes to Editors

Level Centre

Level is an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation that has an award-winning contemporary building in Rowsley. They produce and celebrate art that is powerful and relevant by collaborating with local, national and international partners, organisations and artists. Level provides accessible creative spaces for meetings, workshops, exhibitions and events.

For Level Centre press enquiries contact: Emma Oaks ( Tel: 01629 734848. Website:

Devonshire Group

The Devonshire Group comprises the Devonshire family interests, charities and businesses throughout the UK and Ireland, including Chatsworth, which sits within the Derbyshire Estate, the Bolton Abbey Estate in North Yorkshire, the Lismore Estate in County Waterford, and the Compton Estate in Sussex. 

The businesses include visitor attractions, shops, restaurants and luxury accommodation at Chatsworth, Bolton Abbey and in Lismore Castle in Ireland. The estates include tenanted businesses and residential property, a property development business with a pipeline of 2000 homes, sustainable forestry and farming businesses and an estate farm shop at Chatsworth. The Devonshire Group employs approximately 1,400 colleagues across their estates which are spread over 65,000 acres.

The group is committed to benefitting heritage, people and a shared future, by preserving, restoring and enhancing their heritage assets, by being a significant contributor to their communities and by being seen as a leader in the way they do things.   

Devonshire Property Group 

Devonshire Property Group is part of the portfolio of Devonshire Group businesses set up in 2016 to deliver the wider group's property ambitions in the management and development of both residential and commercial property. 

The wider group’s ambitions are evidenced in the published ‘Our Commitment to our Shared Future, 10 goals for 10 years’ document, and specifically ‘Goal 1 – To enable the creation of 1000 homes for local families and 1000 jobs for local people’.

The Property Group has a pipeline of residential development sites in both Derbyshire and Yorkshire that will deliver over 2,000 new homes over a 20 year period.  Creating good places for people to live and for communities to thrive. In addition, the Property Group has a pipeline of almost 100 acres of land suitable for various commercial, retail and leisure uses, that will provide valuable employment opportunities with spaces for businesses to grow.

Devonshire Property (Retail) Ltd 

Devonshire Property Retail is a subsidiary company of Devonshire Property Group, and has been specifically established to manage, invest in and revitalise Peak Village in the village of Rowsley on the edge of the Peak District National Park and the Chatsworth Estate as part of a long term commitment to the local area and its economy by the wider Devonshire Group.

For Devonshire Group press enquiries, please contact:

Steve Houghton,, (07917 671516)

Liz Bee,,  (0772 0257983)

Redbrick Communications, 68 St James’s Street, Nottingham, NG1 6FJ. T: 0115 9101500