January 2018

Creative Masterclasses March 2018

We are pleased to launch a special season of one day Creative Masterclasses around South Derbyshire in a whole range of subjects. We have some excellent practitioners
providing exciting opportunities with something of interest for everyone. From award winning artists to master craftspeople, we’ve sourced local experts experienced in delivering workshops to provide opportunities for you to discover and develop skills in your chosen area.

Markham miners remembered with memorial unveiling 80 years after 1938 tragedy

Seven new life-size steel figures have been unveiled as part of a memorial to miners who lost their lives at Markham Colliery nearly 80 years since the 1938 disaster at the site.

On 10 May 1938, 79 miners lost their lives and 40 were seriously injured in an explosion at Markham Colliery which has now been reclaimed by us and Henry Boot Developments and is home to the Markham Vale regeneration scheme.

Matinée project reflects on first-year success

A project that helps people with dementia and their carers, family and friends combat isolation is celebrating after a successful first year.

Matinée, an Arts Derbyshire project which is funded and supported by us and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, arranges film screenings around the county.

Venues are transformed into specialised dementia-friendly settings, including café-style seating, warmer lighting and volunteer staff on hand to offer help when needed.

Help make pupils' Derbyshire song and video a hit

Hundreds of schoolchildren from across Derbyshire are hoping a song they recorded together could storm the download charts, while also raising money to support music education.

'The Best That You Can Be − A Song For Derbyshire', written by composers Dan Whibley and James Manson to lyrics suggested by schoolchildren, is sung by 1,700 pupils from 46 schools and three area music centres. 

Buxton Opera House listings Jan-March

Thursday 25 January 2018 7.30pm

Brendan Cole presents

All Night Long

Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole takes to the stage to wow audiences with his latest spectacular production, All Night Long. Brendan is joined by his sensational cast of guest dancers, his captivating leading lady and superbly talented 14-piece band and singers, to whip up an extravagant mix of Latin fever and ballroom magic.


Buxton Opera House

2018 at Dronfield Hall Barn

A Fund Raising Event for The DHT Garden
You  and your friends are invited to a
    A Bistro Burns Night at the Barn

Relax and enjoy a pre dinner drink in the Coffee Shop before being ‘piped’ into the Gallery. The Haggis will be honoured accompanied by Jim Gleaves on his Bagpipes before dinner is served.
Thursday Jan 25th at 7.00 -10.00pm
     A Welcome Drink 
Scotch Broth with a Rustic Roll
Haggis, Neeps & Tatties
Served with a Wee Dram of Malt Whisky

2018 Courses at West Studios


£185, 7 weeks

This new and exciting pottery course is designed to introduce you to a broad range of pottery techniques such as pinching, coiling and slab work. The course is suitable for both beginners and those looking to improve their skills.

Start dates are:

08.01.2018 (Monday Evenings, 6pm – 9pm)

11.01.2018 (Thursday Mornings, 9am – 12pm)

12.04.2018 (Thursday Afternoons, 1pm – 4pm)

Behind The Smile

Artists Collaborate To Raise Awareness Of Invisible Illness

Date: 26th February - 23rd March 2018

Private View: Saturday, 3rd March 2018 at 17:30–20:30

Venue: Bank’s Mill Studios, Bridge Street, Derby

Contact: hello@kirstieadamson.co.uk

Flash Fiction Writing Competition

Can you tell a story in 50 words?

Your story must be on the theme of ‘If Only’ and must be exactly
50 words. No more, no fewer.
The competition is open to everyone, with categories for 11 years
and under, 12-17 years and over 18s.
Submit your story online by 10pm on Thursday 8 February.

For more details visit: www.derbybookfestival.co.uk

The Bogtastic van heading out across the Derbyshire Peak District

The Moors for the Future Partnership’s Bogtastic van is gearing up for a busy year ahead, as a calendar is drawn up for it to appear at shows, events, conferences and fun days.

The Bogtastic van is aimed at inspiring members of the public about the Derbyshire Peak District’s moorland landscape, including iconic places such as Kinder Scout, Bleaklow and Black Hill.


new internet platform featuring the arts in Derbyshire is being launched from Belper with the pilot
podcast being available from 5 January 2018.

Derbyshire Artsword (www.artsword.co.uk) is an initiative headed up by composer / record producer
James Oldrini, artist / graphic designer Andy Mayers, presenter / photographer Ashley Franklin and
writer / producer George Gunby.

Calling all musicians in Years 12 & 13

Do you want the chance for your music to earn you £400?

Then you might want to know that on Saturday 7th. April 2018  a music competition will be held at The Strutts Centre, in Belper.

There will be a prize of £400 for the winning student, a prize of £150 for the student in second place, and a third prize of £75.

The competition is sponsored by the Dalesmen Male Voice Choir.

Competition details

Vacancy for a Dance Theatre Practitioner

We are recruiting a highly skilled, enthusiastic and committed dance theatre practitioner with a minimum of three years professional experience of delivering projects in community and educational setting

Derby College Group Chief Executive Selected For New National Group

Derby College Group Chief Executive Mandie Stravino has been appointed to a new national group of Principals who will advise the Department for Education on a wide range of matters.

FE Commissioner Richard Atkins has brought together seven Principals and Chief Executives from leading colleges across the UK to advise on skills policy including the development of T-levels.

Movie Nights at Iconic Roundhouse

Following the huge success of its first movie night, The Roundhouse Events team based at the historic Roundhouse, Pride Park, are holding two further evenings to celebrate iconic movies ‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘Grease’.

Game On For Derby Business Community

Applications have opened early for the second annual Derby Business Games due to the resounding success of the inaugural event.

The Derby Business Games will be held on June 14 2018 at the University of Derby in Kedleston Road – organised by Derby-based HUUB Events and Timms Solicitors.

A maximum 32 teams of eight can enter and there will be entertainment, food and drink available for spectators who are invited to come along and cheer on their colleagues, family and friends.

Derby Business Games is designed to be a ‘grown up’ version of the school sports day.

STOP! I have a learning disability

Patient health and social care watchdog Healthwatch Derbyshire has teamed up with the county's Good Health Group to better support individuals with learning disabilities.

Healthwatch Derbyshire and the Good Health Group - part of Derbyshire County’s Learning Disability Partnership Board - have developed a poster entitled – STOP – I have a learning disability.

Derby College Alumni Search

Derby College is keen to hear from former students to further build its Alumni and highlight their career successes to inspire current and future students.

Derby College was formed in January 2002 as a result of a three-way merger – bringing together two former tertiary colleges, Mackworth and Wilmorton and a land-based College, Broomfield Hall.

Derby College’s Joseph Wright Campus Celebrates Achievements

The achievements of students at the Joseph Wright Campus at Derby College have been officially recognised with a celebration evening attended by more than 100 people.

Students who have either graduated from or are continuing their studies for A levels, Creative Industries or Computer Science and Information Technology programmes based at the Joseph Wright Campus were presented with subject prizes at the annual event.

Draycott ‘Golden Mile’ Pledges Reach Major Milestone

Local people, businesses and canal enthusiasts have so far pledged £60,000 towards Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust’s £100,000 goal to reinstate a ‘Golden Mile’ of canal in Draycott into a leisure attraction.

The total has built up substantially since the open day in November on site showing off the Trust’s recent acquisition of six cottages. Although the Cottage Restoration will be funded from other sources, the public recognised the value of the two projects combined and pledged support for the canal line itself.