July 2019

Cubo concept office approved

Bondholder Staton Young will be bringing a new office concept to Derby city centre following planning approval by Derby City Council.

Staton Young will be transforming the Grade-II listed Old Post Office on Victoria Street into CUBO - 20,000 sq. ft of luxury, modern office space, with vast amounts of co-working space, hot desking, designated desks and private offices.

Join the 'Walking Together' walk on 27th July in Markham Vale

Here's a possible summer outing that may suit any creative artist who likes to walk: 'Walking Together', the Markham Vale Mining Memorial, will be included as part of the Art Hike 42: Bolsover Circular –  ‘sculptured landscapes & public artworks’ walk on 27th July  from 10.00 - 3.30. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/art-hike-42-bolsover-circular-sculptured-landscapes-public-artworks-tickets-64679196217  


Exhibition events at QUAD in Derby, from July to September 2019

QUAD has a selection of events to tie in with its summer exhibitions. The events include Talks, Tours and Late-night openings, a Conspiracy Club also Instagram Live tours which can be followed online.

The events accompany three new exhibitions currently in QUAD. SEEK PRAY ADVANCE: Episode 3 – Operation Starlight is an exhibition by artist Megan Broadmeadow, which is based on real-life testimonies from those who have purportedly had encounters with beings from other worlds, dimensions and realms, across multiple periods in history.

Urban Garden at JWC

Students at Derby College Group’s Joseph Wright post 16 Academic and Arts college in the Cathedral Quarter have created an urban garden for staff and students to enjoy.

The balcony space has been transformed with synthetic grass, patio planters and benches using recycled pallets donated by local company DW Hicks.

Food and Drink Awards - It's Your Last Chance to Vote!

Nominations close this Friday (28th) for the 2019 Marketing Derby Food & Drink Awards; vote now for your favourite establishment, 2000 already have!

Now in its eleventh year, the Awards recognise and celebrate the city's vibrant and growing food and drink sector.

Managing Director of Marketing Derby, John Forkin says: "Food and drink is an important sector but a tough one too. We want to celebrate the best locally and promote customer growth, so I encourage everyone to vote to give support to their favourites."


We are seeking initial expressions of interest from artists who would value a period of time in the Orangery to create and/or exhibit work. The artists would also be able to offer a Friday workshop. Over the next few years Arts and Wellbeing organisation All Being Well will be hosting the artist's residency programme on the park. All Being Well are in the process of writing a funding bid which will be adapted in accordance with successful applications.

What we are looking for

Derby Ram Trail launched

Bondholder Derby Museums are seeking support from the local business community for the Derby Ram Trail; an amazing public art event threaded across the city next summer in support of the Museums Trust.

Launched today, The Derby Ram Trail will consist of around 30, five-foot high fibreglass sculptures in the shape of Derby’s mythical Ram.

See Marketing Derby's latest film

Marketing Derby's latest film has been launched to showcase the purpose of the organisation, the breadth and depth of its activities to date and the impact the company has had creating 1,354 jobs and contributing £333.09m in GVA in the last three years.

Produced by Bondholder Purpose Media, the film will be used by the investment promotion agency for Derby and Derbyshire with investors, Bondholders and key stakeholders.

Safe and Sound Appoint Fundraising Lead

Derby-based specialist child exploitation charity Safe and Sound has made a key appointment to enable future service expansion.

Tom Stanyard has been appointed Head of Fundraising at Safe and Sound which is the only local charity focused on transforming the lives of children and young people who are victims of or at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation, commonly referred to as CSE.

Mr Stanyard joins Safe and Sound from Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough where he was Corporate Partnership Fundraiser with previous experience in sales and business development.

Derby Property Summit Special

Over 350 senior-level delegates from the property sector attended this week's  Derby Property Summit to hear a line-up of national and international speakers and panellists discuss the challenge of reimagining towns and cities.

Opening the Summit John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby, said "The way communities use their high streets is changing and towns and cities need to work out how to continue to evolve. The purpose of place is to create a customer  - we have to change the mix to make our cities and towns attractive places in which to live, work and to visit."

Vibrant programme announced for this year’s Hannells Darley Park Concert

The much-loved Hannells Darley Park Concert, one of the UK’s biggest outdoor classical concerts, will be returning on Sunday 1 September to the stunning natural amphitheatre of Darley Park. This year’s event will be supported by Hannells, Derby Telegraph, Flint Bishop Solicitors, Homes 2 Opportunities, HUUB, Mobile Solutions, Mortgage Advice Bureau, Stratstone BMW Derby and WDS Limited.

Six Derby Parks recognised as among the UK’s very best green spaces

Six parks in Derby; Chaddesden, Darley, Sunnydale, Alvaston, Markeaton and Derby Arboretum, have all been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as among the very best in the world.

This international award, now in its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Reveal the Secrets of Derby’s Great Outdoors with the Love Exploring app

The Love Exploring app and Derby City Council announce the launch of a revolutionary new app that will change how people enjoy parks in Derby for years to come.

We know that parks are places of enjoyment, a space for kids to play, for runners to exercise and for people to escape the hustle bustle of city life, but how much do you really know about your local park?  How do you find out about a park’s history and ecology?  How do you discover the walking trails and find out what events are happening, and when?

New paintings by Marie Mills at gallerytop

Recent additions to the Small Painting Exhibition

We have two new paintings in the gallery by Marie Mills, recent arrivals to the Small Painting exhibition. These two are 70cm x 60cm and are vibrant images of summer. For more information click on the images.

New paintings by Richard Barrett at gallerytop

Derbyshire landscape in the Small Painting Exhibition ...


New paintings by Richard Barrett have just arrived in the gallery, contributing to the wealth of work in the Small Painting Exhibition. There are six new works - click on the images for details.

The Derby show is on the horizon

Event to be held at the following time, date and location:

Thursday, 26 September 2019 from 10:00 to 15:00 (BST)

The Derby Conference Centre
London Road
DE24 8UX Derby
United Kingdom
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The Autumn show is taking place on 26th September at the Derby Conference Centre and bookings for exhibitors and delegates are now open.

Haddon Hall Care Home residents celebrate Fringe40!

Haddon Hall Care Home residents created a spectacular Fringe40 window display as part of a recent open day there.

Fringe Community Links officer Linda Rolland (pictured with residents) and Marketing Officer Stephanie Billen led the participants in a hands-on art workshop involving collage and painting. Earlier in the day residents were also treated to a display of art from the Buxton Art Trail with talks from some of the artists taking part.

New chef appointed at Croots Farm Shop in Derbyshire

A new chef has been appointed at popular Derbyshire farm shop Croots.

Kelvin Guest, who as head chef has worked at establishments that have been listed in The Good Food Guide and the Michelin Guide, has recently joined the team at the farm shop in Wirksworth Road, near Duffield.

Using some of the best local ingredients and produce, Kelvin hopes to boost the culinary reputation of the award-winning farm shop.

Exciting Producer opportunity at Hubbub

We’re looking to recruit a producer to support our next Arts Council funded project The Drum. We would like to work with an ambitious producer who will bring their own strategic ideas to Hubbub with the hope that we can grow the position into a senior role within the company. Hubbub is at a very exciting point of development, thanks to Elevate funding which has had a hugely positive impact on the company.

Derby College Rag Week Total Announced

Students and staff at Derby College Group’s Joseph Wright Centre post-16 Academic and Arts college have raised £1,122 for three charities at their annual RAG week.

A wide range of competitions and activities were organised by students using entrepreneurship skills throughout the week including an animal cuddle station, crystal maze challenge and fairground games.

Midland Lead Sponsor Turriff United FC

Derbyshire's Midland Lead has teamed up with Keith Builders Merchants Ltd to sponsor Highland League Football club Turriff United FC, to help prepare them for their upcoming 2019/20 season.

Curiousa & Curiousa SUMMER SALE - from 40% Discount

All July our most recent stock of ex-display firsts, seconds and samples are now available to buy in our sale - including Classic Pendants, Chandeliers and more.


It's often helpful to see the lights in the flesh so, if you are in the area, you are welcome to come and browse the pendants in our Derbyshire showroom. Just call ahead to let us know when you would like to pop by.

University honour for John

Marketing Derby managing director John Forkin will be named an Honorary Doctor of Bondholder the University of Derby at a ceremony next week.

The award is made in recognition of his tireless work to get investors to ‘think Derby’ for more than a decade and Marketing Derby’s efforts to generate investment and development in the city for over 12 years, contributing to the creation of over 4600 new local jobs. 

Recycling Programme Launched To Support Butterfly Appeal

A Derby charity’s fundraising appeal has got off to a flying start thanks to a recycling initiative spearheaded by a local business.

Safe and Sound recently launched the Butterfly Appeal to raise funds needed to expand its work to transform the lives of children and young people in the county who are victims of or at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

One of the businesses who immediately signed up to back the appeal was Sinfin-based Century Mobile.


The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing: Skills, Employment, Health and Wellbeing.

The Eligibility survey is now open and closes at 5pm on 30th August 2019. The deadline for applications is 13th September 2019 at 5pm.

TILL DEATH DO US ART, a creative exploration of loss & grief

23 - 24 November 2019, Lea Green, Derbyshire

A Potting Shed event for therapists, counsellors and mental health professionals; offering a creative weekend exploring death, loss and grief, its implications for work and impact on self-care. Facilitated by Bethan Baëz-Devine & Sharon Herriot, experienced Art Psychotherapists and passionate trainers who will provide you with a safe, nurturing and containing space.


Active Derbyshire and Derbyshire County Council have been working together to look at how physical activity can support the lives of children in care and their carers. An Active Fostering Workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 17 at Coney Green Business Centre in Clay Cross from 1.30pm to 4pm; it is to explore how children in care and their carers can better access physical activity .



Are you over 55, friendly, enthusiastic and passionate about creativity? There are several opportunities to work with City Arts on two arts projects aimed at engaging people aged 55+. They are looking for people who have an interest in the arts and ‘creative ageing’ and are asking you to commit a small amount of your time until 2021.



Family Arts Workshop with Junction Arts

Junction Arts are hosting a day of family arts workshops on the 7th August. This workshop is designed for adults and children to take part in together; make a beautiful decoupage lantern with expert guidance and support arts and culture in Chesterfield.

No experience needed, all equipment provided and refreshments and snacks supplied!

Tickets for adults are £10 and children £5, all money goes towards Junction Arts’ mission of bringing high quality arts and culture to everyone.

High Peak Community Arts Freelance Archivist (self-employed)

Length of contract: Fixed-term, August 2019 –  October 2020  Fee: 6 months’ full time equivalent (£12,600) to be worked over duration of project Based: Derbyshire (New Mills and Matlock) 
High Peak Community Arts is celebrating its fortieth anniversary in 2019 with its Forty Years On project, and we’re looking for a freelance archivist to lead on organising and cataloguing our exciting archive of art, music and drama projects. 

E4E Inaugural Event Celebrates Inspirational Partnerships

A Derby City Council organisation which works to inspire young people to aim higher and achieve their potential held its first event to celebrate young people’s progress, schools’ commitment and local businesses’ support.

Enterprise for Education (E4E) is a not-for-profit partnership between Derby City Council and key local businesses.

It brings employers into city schools to provide inspiration and share real-world careers experience through personal mentoring, mock interviews, career search support, careers events and industry visits.

Little Lonsdale Swimmers Take the Plunge

Two young swimmers at Lonsdale Pool in Mickleover have secured distance badges as part of their lesson programme at the pool.

Four-year-old Freya Devitt achieved an impressive 25m badge recently and Tobias Mangnall gained his 5m badge ahead of his third birthday.

Both were cheered on by their family and teachers at the pool where they attend weekly lessons.

Freya’s mum Lianne said: “Freya was over the moon when she gained her 25m badge and we are all so proud of her.

Derby Museums seeks a flock of sponsors for its Derby Ram Trail

A unique world-class sculpture trail in Derby for summer 2020

Derby Museums are seeking support from the local business community today at the official launch of the Derby Ram Trail; an amazing public art event that will see over 30 Ram sculptures threaded across the city next summer in support of the charity. Nottingham have had the Robins, Manchester have had the Bees, now Derby will have the Rams.


Join us for our Photography Competition Review Evening

Dronfield Wildlife and Natural History Group Photography Competition

Review Evening - Wednesday 3rd July

Come along and join us for an informal review evening as we have a look at the entries that have been submitted for this year's Dronfield Wildlife & Natural History Group Photography Competition. The categories this time were Clouds, British Wildflowers in Spring, and The Natural History of UK Churchyards.

Last call for July Bistro Night...

Join us for an evening of live
entertainment and great food...

Bistro Night - Thursday 11th July, 7pm


Raise funds for the continued development of our gardens and enjoy live music from Karl Brennan & Friends at our latest Bistro Night, later this month at the Barn. See the full menu below:

A Welcome Drink on arrival

Summer fun for families

Get closer to the past with our regular Handling Histories mornings, or try your hand at some 3D modelling in our weekly Art Hub session.

Artcore July Newsletter

With July in our midst, we see the return of the summer sun, the summer break on the cusp and we have an exciting range of enticing workshops and activities lined up.

Come to our new cycle of adult workshops exploring paint, digital art and felted cards on Monday and Wednesdays with Victoria Brown, Magdalena Aron and Dawn Campion whilst on Fridays children have a chance to delve into the world of potion magic with Bob Moulder.

ANVIL Flora and Fauna

Please come and join us for drinks in the courtyard on the evening of
13th July from 5-8pm

to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition

Bursary Awards For Derby College Group Students

Three Derby College Group (DCG) Art & Design students have won bursaries from Arts Society Derby to support their move into Higher Education.

UAL Art Foundation Diploma student Grace Hamilton has won £400 and £100 has been awarded each to Chloe Burton and Zainab Hussein.

Glossop Bookfest: cancellation

It is with great regret that the organisers have been forced to cancel the Bookfest scheduled for Saturday 6th July. There has been illness, but more seriously there has been a bereavement, and the principal organiser is therefore unable to continue with the considerable work required in setting up and directing the occasion. I'd have liked to run the show anyway, but I can't do it single-handedly.


Some of you have been generous enough to give prizes for the intended raffle. Please contact me and I will ensure that these donations are returned as soon as possible.

News From PB Theatricals Youth Theatre

Founded in 2009, PB Theatricals continues to give children and young people the opportunity to explore their creativity and confidence by casting, rehearsing and performing high quality Gilbert & Sullivan shows within a week.

This year, we begin our 11th season by taking on three new challenges with shows for people aged 10-18 (HMS Pinafore), 16-30 (The Gondoliers), and PB Theatricals veterans (Rarest of all Rarities at the Buxton Fringe).

From Carnegie Hall to Buxton: Plays About Paul Robeson and Anti-Colonial, Anti-Racist Struggles Return to Buxton Fringe, July 11, 12, 18 & 19 (Arts Derbyshire)

Buxton Fringe Welcomes Back Plays About Paul Robeson and Anti-Colonial, Anti-Racist Struggles, July 11, 12, 18 & 19

Rotunda Theatre is to play host to two one-man plays written and performed by British Nigerian actor and singer Tayo Aluko as part of the 40th Buxton Fringe, two years after Aluko's last performances there

Call Mr. Robeson

11 & 18 July

Major rebrand for popular venue, The Derby Conference Centre

The Derby Conference Centre is a stunning Grade II-listed building based in a central location in Derby. Due to unprecedented business growth and a desire to diversify, the centre has recently undergone a complete rebrand, incorporating a new website and logo, focusing on the initials DCC. Whilst the centre will maintain the name ‘The Derby Conference Centre’, the owners have made a conscious decision to make its logo more generic, moving the emphasis away from the term ‘Conference Centre’.