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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:

Déda Appoints New Director

Derby-based Déda has appointed a new director to drive forward its development as a cultural organisation that enriches people’s lives through dance and the arts.

Steve Slater is a well-known and respected arts leader with 30 years’ experience working with companies across the UK including the internationally-renowned Tramway arts venue in Glasgow and Citymoves Dance Agency in Aberdeen.

Born and educated in Wirksworth Steve has returned to the county to live and work and said that he is excited to re-engage with the regional cultural arts community.

Matlock Storytelling Café returns on Friday the 3rd of April

Matlock Storytelling Café returns on Friday the 3rd of April with tales from two excellent tellers. Rachel Murray, resident storyteller at the Cafe and well known to our regular audience members, and Lucy Lill a new teller to Matlock who’s making the journey north from London to share her mesmerising story.

Arts Council England Funding Uplift Secures Viva Expansion

Grammy-nominated Sinfonia Viva, the orchestra of the East Midlands, has expanded its creative projects team thanks to an uplift in funding from Arts Council England (ACE).

Derby-based Sinfonia Viva has received an additional £3,500 from Arts Council this year – bringing its total financial support to £195,641.

The uplift has enabled the Orchestra to recruit Ellie Martindale to the new post of education project assistant initially part time and then full time when she graduates from the University of Nottingham this summer.

Ground-breaking Integrated Performance Brings Stories To Life

Award-winning professional orchestra Sinfonia Viva has developed a ground-breaking performance of two well-known narrated children’s classics that is fully integrated to make it equally enjoyable for audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Sinfonia Viva’s matinee performance of ‘Paddington Bear’s First Concert’ and ‘Peter and the Wolf’ at Derby Theatre on May 3 will take accessibility to a new level thanks to a collaboration with actress and writer Rebecca-Anne Withey who is, herself, profoundly deaf.

Wirksworth Festival Call Out to Artists

Apply to exhibit at one of the UK's leading rural arts festivals with over 4,000 visitors over one weekend in our beautiful and buzzing Derbyshire market town.

This year's Art & Architecture Trail is taking place on Sat 12 - Sun 13 September 2020.

We're looking for artists and designer-makers from all disciplines to show their work during our trailblazing event.

Fabric of the North Exhibition at Cromford Mills 7 - 23 May

Fabric of the North brings together works by members of the British Tapestry Group, in a range of styles and techniques, large and small, with a single theme: our Northern heritage. The exhibition is in two fabulous locations: Cromford Mills in May; and Kirkleatham Museum in October. 

  • Cromford Mills, Derbyshire, 7 - 23 May
  • Kirkleatham, Teesside, 3 - 30 October

Find out more about this exhibition over on the Fabric of the North website: 

It’s lambing season for Derby Museums!

As the sun rose over Derby this morning, Bo Peep and her flock of lambs (and a crew of Derby Museums staff!) waited expectantly for their first delivery of ram sculptures to arrive at the intu centre, ready to be painted by artists for the Derby Ram Trail, coming to the city in June.

The Derby Ram Trail is a spectacular free discovery trail coming to Derby in the summer of 2020. From 19th June to 28th August, a flock of fabulously colourful and unique ram sculptures, each decorated by a different artist, will take you on a trail around the beautiful city of Derby.

Art Events in April at St John St Gallery

April 2: Sue Lewis-Blake 'Art Appreciation talk - Materials and Processes' 5:30-6:30pm.

April 9: Wendy Darker 'Chickens'

April 20-22: Lewis Noble ‘Painting & sketching the Derbyshire Landscape’ 

April 28 & 29: John Connolly 'Trees, Woodlands and Forests Workshop'


A brochure with all our workshop dates for 2020 is available at the gallery, make sure you collect one next time you visit!

Movements of Spring, a special exhibition

Exhibition: Colin Halliday ‘Movements in Spring’ 3rd – 28th March: A selection of Colin’s work from sweeping, cloudy skies to delicate daffodils and bluebells, portraying the robust arrival of spring.
Colin is passionate about painting the landscape and prefers to paint outdoors on location. His love for nature is reflected in his painterly style, using a palette knife to apply generous amounts of thick, pure oil paint to create interesting textures with vibrant colours.