October 2017

Concrete Intention: The paintings of Mandy Payne

Mandy Payne is a Sheffield artist who is part of the Colour and Form exhibition which runs until 5 November. You can see a range of work in the exhibition here.

Many Payne is inspired by urban landscape and is drawn to locations that are often overlooked or derided. She is interested in the spaces people inhabit, the traces they leave and the capacity of places to absorb memories and experiences.

Xmas Glass Fusing Workshops at Great Longstone Village Hall

Sunday 3rd Dec 10-1 & 2-5pm

A workshop of festive glass making with Jane Littlefield, learning new techniques, using beautiful coloured glass , to create your own decorations.  The decorations will need to be fired in the kiln, so will be available to collect a few days later.  

Cost of the workshop is £40 includes all

materials and festive refreshments.

Contact Jane on 01629 640943 to book your place or email


Dementia-friendly cinema

Alzheimer’s Society has worked with the UK Cinema Association and the British Film Institute to create a Dementia Friendly Screenings guide for cinemas. Arts Derbyshire was pleased to contribute to the fact-finding process through our dementia-friendly screenings programme, Matinée.

It aims to spread awareness of dementia-friendly screenings and encourages cinemas of all sizes to get involved. It also gives best practice advice on the practicalities of dementia-friendly screenings alongside some helpful case studies.


Following its success earlier this year, Writing On The  Wall returns to the streets of Belper in December.

It is a simple concept... local writers contribute poetry based around Christmas themes and they are displayed throughout Belper town centre on shops, offices, public buildings and, oh yes, walls.

Writing On The Wall is part of the Belper Christmas Arts Trail and local writers are invited to forward contributions to George Gunby by email  nonnel@sky.com by 20 November.

Jobs at Level in Rowsley

LEVEL is building a new team to develop a new and exciting creative programme. LEVEL is a National Portfolio Arts Organisation and is currently looking for a Programme Manager and a Project Assistant.

Deadline 30 October.

Lost Boys kick off new production Ball with fundraising for Stand Up To Cancer

The new co-production between Derby LIVE and Lost Boys, Ball, by Brian Lobel and featuring Paul Broesmith, will be performed at Derby’s Guildhall Theatre Clubrooms this November. The play promises to provide cancer with a much deserved kick in the ball(s) and the company plan on kicking off the show by raising funds for Stand Up To Cancer over the coming weeks.

COLOUR AND FORM - a new exhibition at gallerytop

'Colour and Form' is our new exhibition which opens this Saturday, 7 October, at 11.00. It would be great if you can make it for wine and refreshments and some inspirational new work. If you can't make Saturday, the exhibition runs until 5 November and we're open every day except Monday.

We asked the artist Val Hudson to curate the show and she has chosen many artists who we are showing for the first time. There are several artists local to Derbyshire and others much further afield.

Buxton International Festival Book Weekend: Buxton’s Age of Decadence

Buxton’s heyday in the Edwardian era was a prime example of how Britain’s Age of Decadence changed our country, controversial author and newspaper columnist Simon Heffer will demonstrate at the town’s International Festival Book Weekend in November.

Simon, famous for his political commentary in the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail, has lifted the lid on the poverty and suffering during the period before the First World War which is usually remembered as a time when Britain was a powerful, contented, orderly and thriving country.


Preparations are well under way for the sixth Belper Arts Festival. It will run from 6 to 28 May 2018.

Already confirmed is the fast growing Arts Trail ( 6 / 7 May), the Music Festival at St. Peter's (13 -19 May), the enchanting Woollen Woods (12 – 19 May) and Belper Open Houses (26 – 28 May)


After a three year break the hugely successful Belper Passion play returns to the streets and churches of the town in 2018. The performance will see a move to a traditional setting with Roman soldiers and costumes of the period. With a new director, Jannice Richtof, and a new script by George Gunby, the performance is being produced by Churches Together in Belper.

The event will include The Walk Of Witness which has attracted up to 800 people in the past.

Artisan and Makers Market at Dronfield Hall Barn

Join us for our first Artisan Market at Dronfield Hall Barn, featuring a variety of locally made crafts and products for sale. With the festive season just around the corner, this is a fantastic opportunity to get started on the Christmas shopping! There will be stalls in the Barn gallery courtyard and exhibition room with everything available from jewellery to stained glass to children's clothing!

Saturday 14th and Sunday

15th October

11am until 4pm 

Facebook announces the launch of fundraising tools for not for profit organisations (UK)

Social Media giant Facebook has announced the launch of its non-profit fundraising tools in the UK and 15 other countries across Europe. Beginning in late September, Facebook will start testing fundraising tools in five countries including the UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Spain. In early October it'll expand the test to: Italy, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Portugal, Denmark, Austria, Finland and Luxembourg.


"Your new Folk Festival favourites" The Guardian

Folk rebels Mawkin will be embarking on a 12 date tour in November 2017 that will showcase their brand new album ‘Down Among the Dead Men’. The tour starts at the Apex theatre in Bury St Edmunds on the 8th of November before the band spend the next three weeks on the road previewing their new album finishing at the Chapel Arts Centre in Bath on the 26th of November.

Stroppy Workshoppy Fun with Babbling Vagabonds

Little princes and princesses can look forward to plenty of fun during the October half term with the Babbling Vagabonds. The theatre company will be holding Stroppy Workshoppy workshops from Monday 23 to Saturday 28 October at two different locations in the city.

We Are the Lions, Mr. Manager!

Wed 1 Nov, 7:30pm

Derby LIVE’s Guildhall Theatre

Derby LIVE is proud to announce that We Are the Lions, Mr. Manager!, starring Medhavi Patel, will be visiting Derby LIVE’s Guildhall Theatre on Wednesday 1 November.

Family Fun in October Half Term

In Derby are preparing for a busy half term this October, with lots of offer for everybody to enjoy around the city. From leisure activities to craft projects and more, there’s plenty to keep families busy and entertained! The half term will run from Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 October.

Information about the Derwent Valley Art Crawl Guide

The Project

We would like to Introduce you to our new venture – the Derwent  Valley Art Crawl Guide for 2018

This Guide is to be an annual printed publication which will be distributed throughout Derbyshire in the Derbyarts info tourist boxes, Tourist Information Centres and other selected tourist locations.  It is envisaged that the publication will be in the form of a 12 page DL sized folded leaflet.   We currently estimate producing 10,000 leaflets and for them to be in place by the beginning of 2018 and to be refreshed if necessary.

Sister Mary Lazarus Claims Nun of the Match Award

Cast from Sister Act-The Musical played New Mills FC Ladies in a 15-minute game in front of an enthusiastic crowd at New Mills Football club.  This is part of their 'Nun Fun' challenges in the run up to their performances on 15-18 November at New Mills Art Theatre. The Nuns put up a good defence despite a 0-1 win for New Mills Ladies.

City Businessmen Complete Cycle Challenge

Four Derby businessmen have raised more than £5,000 for a leading autism charity after cycling 220 miles non-stop from Manchester to London in 17 hours.

Mark Richardson from BB&J Commercial, Karl Paling from Stimulating Minds design agency, Mark Sheldrick from Mark Douglas Industrial Supplies and wealth management consultant James Kingswood from St James Place are all keen cyclists and regularly train together.

They joined nearly 200 other riders, including Olympian Sir Bradley Wiggins, in the annual  Manchester to London challenge.

Derby Folk Festival Takes To the Rooftops For Unique Performance

Four musicians from Derby-based East Midlands’ orchestra Sinfonia Viva will play a special commission from the 212 foot high Tudor tower at Derby Cathedral on Saturday October 7 as part of the Derby Folk Festival.

The first 15 minute performance will start after the Smith of Derby carillon plays its midday tune on the oldest working set of ten bells in the world and will then be repeated after the hour is chimed at 3pm and 5pm.

Career Opportunities Soar For Derby College Aviation Students

East Midlands Airport has launched a unique partnership with Derby College to showcase the wide range of career opportunities available to students and create a talent pipeline of potential job candidates for the company. 

There are over 7000 people working with multiple employers across the East Midlands Airport site - making it a fascinating career choice for young job seekers.

Derby College Student Highly Commended In National Awards

Current Derby College Student Union President, Carl Anderson has been highly commended in the Association of Colleges (AoC) Student of the Year Awards 2017.

Carl (18) studied ICT at the College and, having held the positions of student ambassador, vice-president of the Student Union at The Roundhouse site and Inclusion Champion, is now employed as President of the Derby College Student Union, voted for by his fellow students.