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The latest news from producers, makers, venues and events organisers from around Derby and Derbyshire. If you have news to add to this page, then email us to let us know about it:

Bespoke Collection Box Designed For Déda

Regional dance house Déda has teamed up with Derby Museums to design an eye catching, and dynamic collection box, created in the workshops at the Silk Mill Museum.

This one-off piece of art has been designed to highlight Déda's charitable status and ambitions as well as to raise funds for its work across local communities. All money raised will be doubled by Arts Council England.

Funding for music making projects (England)

Youth Music, England's largest children's music charity, which provides funding for music-making projects, has announced new application deadlines for its grant making programmes. Grants are available to fund developmental music-making projects for children and young people up in challenging circumstances as well as projects that support the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider sector. Youth Making's funding programme is made up of three separate funds. 

These are:

British Film Institute Audience Fund launched (UK)

The British Film Institute (BFI) has launched a new Audience Fund. The Audience Fund is designed to support a range of audience orientated activities such as film festivals, distribution releases, multiplatform distribution proposals, touring film programmes, large scale and ambitious film programmes. A total of £5.6million is available annually and the fund will support two types of awards.

Funding for arts & music projects (UK)

The Austin Hope and Pilkington has a new round of funding round. Grants of £5,000 are available to registered charities that have an income of over £500,000 for projects that relate to Music and the Arts with priority given to projects that focus on: 

•    Homelessness
•    Domestic abuse
•    Prisoners/offenders
•    Training/education
•    Counselling/support
•    Refugees and asylum seekers
•    Activities for those with limited access or opportunities. (C4W)

(C4W) is a new free resource for individuals and community groups to build wellbeing, resilience and participation. C4W is designed to encourage creativity in the community, co-production and purposeful activity for health and wellbeing and to create a sense of belonging. The aim of this site is to share ideas and make it easier for people to start their own activity group or art workshop in their community, to benefit others.

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Events at Cromford Mills in July

Saturday 8th July



Location: Cromford Mills

Cost £5 (Limited places, advance booking essential)

Follow in the footsteps of the hundreds of mill workers and explore 18th century village life as you are taken on a journey of discovery around Cromford Village. You’ll visit North Street and see the earliest industrial housing in Derbyshire as well as the state of the art water management system used to power the first cotton mill.

Events at Cromford Mills in June

Saturday 3rd June



Location: Ivy Cottage, Upper Lumsdale


Come and join us at this much loved, annual event where residents and friends of the beautiful Lumsdale Valley get together to raise funds to help maintain the environment and industrial archaeology of this important site. Be part of our exciting new project to protect the remaining ruins in Lumsdale.

Once Upon a Time at Cromford Mills

Step into a fairy tale kingdom and meet knights, princesses and dragons. Visit Cromford Mills on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May for a weekend of magical fun for all the family.

The Buxton Spa Prize 2017 - Open for Entry

The Buxton Spa Prize is an open art competition celebrating the town’s culture, natural beauty and heritage. Last year the competition attracted more than 150 artists. The aim of the Buxton Spa Prize is to make the town an internationally recognised centre for visual arts.

The competition, now in it's fourth year, is for artists working in any 2D media (except photography) who are over the age of 17 on 1st April 2017. The winning artist will receive a grand prize of £5000. The Buxton Spa Prize 2017 is proudly sponsored by The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust.

See Bob Fox at Chesterfield on Friday 30th June

Bob Fox is best known for being The Songman for the stage version of War Horse which is due to start touring nationally again in the autumn. He is one of the Pitman Poets and has worked with Fairport Convention, John Tams, Vin Garbutt and Lindisfarne to name but a few.

His “velvet voice” and great guitar playing have been heard around the world from the USA, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand but he always returns to his native North East England.