February 2020

Old Kent Road brings OSCiLLATE to Déda

Ground breaking tap dance experience, OSCiLLATE, takes Derby on a journey of human interaction and relationships.

Déda are excited to present inspirational tap dance company Old Kent Road with their new production of OSCiLLATE.

Created by artistic director Avalon Rathgeb and co-choreographer Dre Torres, the performance explores the struggle of communication and miscommunication through movement and sound.

Special Snowdrop & Bulb Sale at Dronfield Barn

Special Snowdrop & Bulb Sale

Sunday 8th March, 10am-2pm

Make sure you come along on Sunday 8th March, as our gardens volunteers will be holding a plant and bulb sale to raise funds for the continued development of the gardens.

Jason Manford returns to Derby Arena

Derby LIVE is pleased to announce that Jason Manford will be returning to Derby Arena on 14 October 2021, 7:30pm with his new UK wide tour Like Me. It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show, but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. 

The Derby Small Print Company at gallerytop.

Next Saturday, 29 February, we're pleased to have our friends from the Small Print Company in the gallery demonstrating letter press printing. They are here from 12.00 and you can see the technique of letterpress printing and the skill involved in the process.

Lubrizol staff give their hearts to the community

Staff at a Derbyshire company proved they were all heart after celebrating Valentine’s Day by raising money for charity and helping share their lifesaving skills with members of the community.

Lubrizol, in Hazelwood, has nominated the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as its chosen charity and employees carried out a number of fundraising events to mark February 14th, kicking off the firm’s second year of support and partnership.

Got An Event for 2020? Get Involved in New Mills Festival!

Work has begun on the cultural extravaganza that will be New Mills Festival 2020 and we would love you to take part.

This year's theme is "Vision" (but you don’t have to go with the theme, it is just a suggestion to help with inspiration!). It's taking place from Friday 11th September until Sunday 27th. 

Glossop Bookfest 2020

Glossop Bookfest 2020 is planned for August (exact dates to be decided) and we need three or four more volunteers to make it a success. The venue will be close to Glossop’s town centre.

We plan to have stalls at which local authors can offer their books for sale, workshops on aspects of writing, and activities for children. Our volunteers will be asked to direct authors and visitors to the right rooms and to help with providing refreshments.

Matlock Storytelling Café if proud to present Dominic Kelly telling The Hero Light

Dominic Kelly is a powerful dynamic and entertaining storyteller with an international reputation, having told not only across the country but around the world from India to the Icy wastes of the Arctic Circle.

Come along on Friday the 6th of March and hear him tell, The Hero Light.

The Hero Light retells the extraordinary tales of the Ulster Cycle –“The Irish Ilead”, it weaves together stories of Loyalty, Love and Betrayal that are still startlingly relevant today.

Fabric of the North Exhibition at Cromford Mills

In May, Cromford Mills, of Cromford, near Matlock, will host a stunning exhibition from the British Tapestry Group. Fabric of the North brings together works by over 30 weavers, combining regular, three-dimensional and mixed-media tapestries, large and small, with a single theme: our Northern heritage.

Celebrating a whole year of laughter at the Derby Comedy Club

Did you know that The Derby Conference Centre is the only venue in the region to host a comedy club?

The Derby Comedy Club - hosted at The Derby Conference Centre – has been providing lots of laughs over the last 12 months and February will see it celebrate its first Birthday.

Evolving… Solo Show by Sarah Perkins

6 – 26 March 2020 Banks Mill Studios, 71 Bridge Street, Derby, DE1 3LB Launch: Fri, 6 Mar 5pm-9pm Meet the Artist: Sun, 8 Mar & Sat 21 Mar, 10am-3pm 

Evolving is Sarah Perkins’ first solo exhibition and will show Sarah’s journey as a professional animal artist.  Tracing her steps from an initial pet portrait commission back in May 2018, this then sparked her off onto a path of creativity and ultimately the launch of Sarah Perkins Art. 

Feb deadline looms for Fringe entrants!

Fringe performers and exhibitors are being urged to enter this summer’s Buxton’s Fringe as soon as possible in order to take advantage of the specially discounted £50 entry fee available until February 29th.

Discover the University of Derby's Advanced Skills Programme

The University of Derby has secured European Social Funds to offer subsidised short courses for SME businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Running until the end of 2020 these cover subjects including Strategic Marketing, Leadership, Sustainability and Project Management. In the coming months, courses ran in conjunction with the University's Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism will include Event Planning and Customer Service Management.

Several courses in February and March are free-of-charge!

Learn to make beautiful printed images this Spring!

Jeremy James is running two lino printmaking courses in 2020, in beautiful Derbyshire, one in May, another in September. You need have no prior experience, just a desire to have a go, two days of designing and printing, all in the setting of a beautiful herb garden. 

At the end of the weekend you will have made a small edition of hand crafted, original prints and importantly, the skills and knowledge to make more at home.

Call for youth groups to join St George’s Day celebrations

Derby’s annual St George’s Day celebrations take place on Saturday 18 April, and a call has gone out for local children’s and youth groups who want to follow St George and his Dragon’s footsteps in the traditional city centre parade.

Produced by Derby LIVE, the outdoor event has grown in scope and popularity in recent years to become a family-friendly celebration of English tradition and heritage in all its eccentricities.

Hanging artwork at gallerytop

Hanging different sized artwork on a wall can transform a room. An eclectic mix of subject and style makes a space uniquely individual and projects the sensibilities and taste of the owner.  It's a balance of proportion, scale, spacing and colour combinations. Get it right and it looks great, transforming not only the space, but allowing the artwork to be seen in a new way.


Bakewell Youth Theatre – Guys & Dolls

The talented youngsters of the renowned Bakewell Youth Theatre will be bringing another impressive musical to the Medway Community Centre, Bakewell. Guys & Dolls will be performed at the Community Centre on the 5th, 6th and 7th March, 7.30pm.

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls features well known songs including ‘Luck Be a Lady’ and ‘Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat’.

Writing for Wellbeing workshop with Leonie Martin

Writing for Wellbeing workshop with Leonie Martin, Saturday 7th March 10:30 - 12:30 at Chesterfield Library. Try Writing for Wellbeing at this taster workshop at Chesterfield Library. Using a series of fun and engaging prompts based on the five senses and the theme of Journeys, you’ll be encouraged to unlock your imagination and put pen to paper.  Working within a safe and respectful space, therapeutic writing can open the door to new voices, ideas and points of view that widen and deepen our own perspective, as well as offering a sense of achievement.

Find out more about Dance4’s CAT

Dance4’s CAT is the Centre for Advanced Training which provides access to world-class training opportunities and spaces for young people aged between 11-18 years with exceptional potential in dance. The scheme is funded by the Department for Education and they welcome applications from anyone with a passion for dance. They have several opportunities available for young people and their teachers to find out more about the scheme and what it can offer:

It Takes A Region To Raise An Artist, Event in Wirksworth 12 February

In February and March, at a series of events across the region, CVAN EM Director Elizabeth Hawley-Lingham will present the findings from "It Takes A Region To Raise An Artist", research commissioned in 2019 with CAMEo – the University of Leicester’s Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies – into the East Midlands’ visual arts ecology.

Derby strategy receives FT recognition

Derby has been named third best small European city 2020/21 for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) strategy in the prestigious Financial Times' fDi European Cities and Regions of the Future 2020/21 rankings.

Derby is one of only two UK cities to make the top ten, behind Reykjavik, Iceland and Debrechen, Hungary, having competed with cities across Europe.

Exhibition celebrating Derbyshire artists, past and present, opens at Derby Museums

Mashing Mugs by Bartholomew Beal © Foundation Derbyshire

From February 14th Derby Museums is inviting people to explore the making process and artistic progression of both modernist sculptor Ronald Pope and seven artists who have all won the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award and worked in Derbyshire to create work inspired by its landscape and people through two new linked exhibitions – Process and Progress.

Tideswell Community Players - performing for 90 years

We thought you'd like to know that on 25th and 26th February in 1930 Tideswell Community Players first trod the boards with the comedy drama and West End hit, Ambrose Applejohn's Adventure, by Walter Hackett.

Starring writer, radio dramatist and Great Hucklow theatre owner, L Du Garde Peach in the title role (centre rear in picture) and with many Tideswell people in the cast, it was a two night success at The Oddfellows Hall.

Celebrating with poetry for LGBT+ History Month

An evening of poetry to celebrate LGBT+ History Month will be held at Riverside Library, Derby city centre, from 6pm to 7.30pm on Thursday 27 February.

Steven Macnamara will discuss and perform the poetry of English poet and author Radclyffe Hall. She is best known for her novel The Well of Loneliness, considered a groundbreaking work in lesbian literature.

Joining Steven will be a range of local poets highlighting their work to celebrate LGBT+ History Month.  The event is free.

Art Club demonstration session in Stretton

Monday 24th February 2020          7pm - 9pm

Methodist Church Hall, Main Street, Stretton

 Artist Mike Fitchett will be giving an illustrated

talk on the use of sketchbooks

Be inspired! Non-members very welcome.

£3 per person, on the door, to include light refreshments

Funny Wonders activities 2020

Changing Faces project - creative workshops for 11-18yr olds in Buxton who are facing difficulties re-starting on Tuesday 25th February, 3.30pm-5pm at the Green Man Gallery. Participants and team members needed - leaflets attached for further information. #ChangingFaces

Buxton Flowerpot Trail 2020 - not quite a festival (yet!), but you may like to include it. Flowerpot making workshops in May. Flowerpots out for the summer (July and August). Trail maps will be available from the beginning of July. Details tbc. #BuxtonFlowerpotTrail

Read about the Changing Faces project from Funny Wonders

Changing Faces project - creative workshops for 11-18yr olds in Buxton who are facing difficulties re-starting on Tuesday 25th February, 3.30pm-5pm at the Green Man Gallery. Participants and team members needed - leaflets attached for further information. #ChangingFaces

Apprenticeship Roadshow Inspires Next Generation

A roadshow organised by Derby College Group (DCG) has toured several local schools to raise awareness about apprenticeship opportunities available to young people.

The apprenticeship team visiting schools such as Murray Park in Mickleover, Merrill Academy in Alvaston and St John Houghton in Ilkeston to highlight the wide range of skills training and careers available.

JWC Students Boost Industry Skills

Creative and Digital Multi-Media Academy students at Derby College Group’s Joseph Wright Centre have worked with a wide range of industry specialists to further the skills they will require for university and future careers.

The first-ever Industry Week involved students, specialist teachers and professionals across a wide range of disciplines – sharing skills and highlighting career opportunities.

Sugar rush for doughnuts sees Project D expand to feed demand

Derby’s growing taste for delicious doughnuts is helping a city company expand across the region after its tasty treats were enjoyed by Love Island contestants, fashionistas and even members of the Royal family.

Project D, whose bright pink flagship outlet is based in the Intu Centre, says they have sold more of their handcrafted doughnuts than they could ever have imagined in the first 12 months of trading - serving an incredible 100 doughnuts every hour in December.

Katie Spencer at Spital Arts

We are very excited to be hosting the talented musician Katie Spencer in February.

Details are below


Friday 21st February

St Leonard's Church

Valley Rd/Hartington Rd



S41 0HE


Doors open at 19.00 hrs for a 19.30 hrs start.


Please note our new flat rate for tickets is £12.00

You can still pay on the door with cash (please bring correct money if poss) or by card as we now have a card reader!


As well as showing photographs of over 40 x pieces, I have also created an installation specifically for the show which includes 50 x original bobbins from Belper Mill Museum adorned with growing cress and significant fabrics that I have saved throughout my life.  The exhibition then will stay up till 8th March.



Please share the poster and pop in to see for yourself!  There will be tea and cake on saleJ

Just the ticket for Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, the perfect love token could be a ticket to one of Derby LIVE’s shows at Derby Arena. In the coming months, some of the finest tribute acts in the country are coming to the city, so what better way to pay tribute to the special person in your life on the most romantic day of the year?

'Calendar of the Sussex Wild' - part of the 'Love Letters' exhibition...

On Saturday 8 February we open our new exhibition 'Love Letters'. The show has been curated by the Wirksworth artist Bernie Rutter and we're looking forward to showing work by artists new to the gallery. One of these artists is Brighton based Jo Sweeting, who is a sculptor and printmaker. We will be exhibiting Jo's large woodblock prints called 'Calendar of the Sussex Wild' as well as some of her smaller sculptural work. 


Are you going to the Derby Business Show?

The doors open to the Derby Business Show in March

The Spring show is taking place on 12th March at the Derby Conference Centre and bookings for exhibitors and delegates are now live on the event site.

The event is one of the areas largest BtoB exhibitions for the private sector and will now feature a great line-up of over 40 exhibitors and 8 different Seminars/workshops that are free to attend as a delegate

Fancy exhibiting at the show?

Sergei Podobedov – Piano Recital 22 & 23 February in Crich

Saturday 22nd February 2020 - 7:30 pm (SOLD OUT)

Sunday 23rd February 2020 – 7:30 pm (TICKETS AVAILABLE)

Crich Glebe Field Centre (DE4 5EU)


Crich Glebe Field Centre is delighted to present a thrilling evening of classical piano music, with virtuoso pianist Sergei Podobedov. Enjoy pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, and others.

Dance4 Centre for Advanced Training Opportunities in Derbyshire

Dance4’s CAT is the Centre for Advanced Training provides access to world-class training opportunities and spaces for young people aged between 11-18 years with exceptional potential in dance. The scheme is funded by the Department for Education and we welcome applications from anyone with a passion for dance. We have several opportunities available for young people and their teachers to find out more about the scheme and what it can offer:


FREE School Workshops:

Erewash Museum artist commission



Erewash Museum are commissioning an artist to provide two paintings or coloured sketches for a backdrop for an exhibition, to support their work with schools and to put on promotional posters and flyers.  They will be used in a temporary exhibition at Kirk Hallam church, two Anglo Saxon event days, and later on display at the museum. The images should be of:

1) Anglo Saxon high status woman carrying a weaving baton, made of iron. Full length image.

Final push for the "New Arkwright Experience"!

With just about a week to go we now only have £1500 to raise towards the "new Arkwright Experience"!  Many thanks to all those of you who have already donated towards the film, and help us get so close to the target.

If you were planning to donate towards the fund but haven't yet been able to go on-line or visit the Mills please could you follow this link and DONATE now.

What the project is about:

Rural Growth Programme Fund

Closing Date: Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 16th February 

A new round of this fund has recently opened which covers rural capital projects - minimum grant £20,000, maximum c.£170,000. The emphasis is on businesses and job creation, but rural tourist attractions, such as museums and heritage centres, can also apply.
The scheme has 3 themes:

1.       Tourism.

2.       Small/medium businesses.

3.       Food processing.


Fundraising /Development Post – One day per week, starting June 1st 2020 
An exciting new three year role at High Peak Community Arts, the successful applicant will be responsible for raising the match funding needed for Project eARTh (arts and health programme) and revenue funding for High Peak Community Arts. The role will also include exploration of local / regional developments in arts and health and social prescribing.  

New concept offices open in city

Cubo, a brand new concept in co-working space, has opened its doors in Derby city centre - and welcomed its first cohort of tenants.

Bondholder Staton Young has spent more than £750,000 on the transformation of the grade II listed Old Post Office building in Victoria Street – which it has chosen as the first location for its new serviced office offer because of the city’s growing need for grade A office space, and its dynamic and creative workforce.

Investment partners announced for city living

Bondholder Wavensmere Homes has announced its strategic partnership with BBS Capital and Cedar Group to deliver 474 homes (125 townhouses and 349 apartments) over three phases on the Nightingale Quarter residential scheme in Derby city centre.

The scheme will be supported by a £42.9m development finance facility from London-based Urban Exposure.

Shortlist announced for Derby Children’s Picture Book Award

Four books have been shortlisted for the second Derby Book Festival Children’s Picture Book Award, which aims to celebrate picture books that children can relate to and in which the diversity and challenges of modern life are represented.  Fourteen Derby primary school teachers selected the books from the original longlist of nine. 
This year’s shortlist comprises:

Local Apprentices Aim For National Finals In New Hair Competition

Two local apprentices will represent their employers and Derby College Group (DCG) in a new national competition for trainee hairdressers and barbers next week.

Sally Heyes (19) from Ockbrook and Sam Winson (20) from Allestree will compete in the regional heat of the competition, organised by Concept hair magazine, which will be held at Stephenson College in Coalville on Monday February 10.

Students Serve Community Meal

Public Services students based at DCG’s Broomfield Hall college in Morley recently prepared and served lunch for around 80 people at the YMCA in Derby.

The event was part of the YMCA’s monthly meal initiative to bring together local residents, homeless people, businesses and other charities.

Derby College Group strengthens links with award-winning dementia care provider

Derby College Group (DCG) is strengthening its links with award-winning residential care provider Milford Care – with the launch of more apprenticeships at the group’s homes in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

DCG is already working with 30 staff at four of Milford Care’s six homes and over the next few months, a further 15 to 20 apprenticeships will be rolled out.

NEC gets Cleen with new toilet review app

The NEC’s commitment to customer experience has gone a step further with the introduction of a toilet and washroom review app. The UK’s leading exhibition venue is now using the UK’s first fully integrated management tool and review app, Cleen.

The Cleen App has been devised by Derby-based HSG. It is free to download and enables customers and visitors to log reviews of washrooms.

Cycling Challenge Flies the Flag For Derbados

Two Derby businessmen have once more laid down the gauntlet for others to join them for a weekend cycling challenge in Mallorca and Derbyshire in April – and brought their Olympian friends to Derby’s iPro stadium to formally launch the challenge.

Dean Jackson, founder and owner of triathlon kit specialists HUUB, and David Torrington, managing director of Sky Recruitment Solutions are planning the 200km challenge on April 16 and 17.

Brave Fundraisers Take Leap of Faith for Local Charity

Three University of Derby students are amongst a group of people who will take a leap of faith to raise money for Derby-based charity Safe and Sound on February 29.

Kelly Rawson (34), Lauren Nichol (23) and Mimina Bligh (20) are all studying Youth Work and Community Development at the University. 

Magical Tea Date At The Old Bell Hotel

Magical princesses from some of the best-loved fairy tales will serenade guests at a special Easter afternoon tea at The Old Bell Hotel in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter on Saturday April 11.

‘A Tale As Old as Time’ will feature some of the stories’ famous characters from Cinderella to Belle for the two-hour tea party at the Sadler Gate venue’s Grand Regency Ballroom – complete with a fairy tale-inspired afternoon tea and Easter egg hunt.

Call-out for family/age-friendly facilitator

The Family Arts Campaign are seeking experienced facilitators to deliver and develop content for a series of online training workshops. These could be led by an individual, organisation, or group of individuals.

We are looking for an individual or team who: