Rod Holt


Rod Holt was born and grew up in Wardle, just 3 miles from the Pennine Way and moved to Glossop twenty years ago, to live 3 miles from the Pennine Way.

In between, he has travelled extensively in France and spent time on the South Coast, in Brighton. His work encompasses the acute observation of the natural and man-made environments, often foregrounding the little-noticed details. Typical of this is the picture entitled “Regeneration” which is a view looking from the fells towards Manchester, where the mighty city is in the hazy distance, barely discernible whilst the fluffy seed heads of cotton grass with their intricate stems and kaleidoscopic colours fill the bottom half of the picture. Similarly, his picture of Manchester Town Hall renders Waterhouse’s building impeccably but it is the robin perched on the bollard which draws the eye.


Rod worked for a number of years at UMIST and left at the time of the merger with the Victoria University of Manchester to become a full-time artist. Since then, he has produced some major pieces of work based on the moorlands around Glossop – Bleaklow, Kinder and the Whitley Nab. “Overexposed”, showing the plane wreck at Higher Shelf Stones, won the Derbyshire Open Prize in 2007. Inspired by a personal odyssey by bike to the South of France thirty years ago, he has also produced an illustrated memoir featuring 24 new pictures and cowritten with his wife, Alison (born and bred in Glossop). All of Rod’s work can be viewed online at and is available to purchase as signed prints, cards and originals, including the book “Take the Long Way Home”.


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