June 2021

Exhibition at Elvaston Castle

'Epic Forest - An inner walk through the seasons' is a new Artist in Residence Exhibition by Howie Johnson, taking place this year in Gothic Hall at Elvaston Castle.

The main feature of the exhibition is that you will be able to walk through the four seasons in the woods; with Howie's photographic images printed onto large chiffons. Other prints will also be available to view.

Training Programme Launch Supports Local SME Growth

A programme to support the training and development of employees at local small and medium sized businesses has been launched, thanks to funding from the European Social Fund.

Funding is available to pay for individuals to complete ILM and Team Leading qualifications at Derby College Group (DCG) which are designed to upskill employees in leadership and management that supports business growth, productivity and competitive edge.

Portrait exhibition hopes to reunite paintings with the people featured in them

The family of artist Don Yarrington have curated an exhibition of their father’s work with a difference which is open to the public at West Studios, on the Chesterfield College campus, over the next few weeks. The exhibition of the local artist’s portraits isn’t designed to sell the late artist’s work, but rather to reunite the portraits with their sitters. Don created these portraits of art students when he was the Head of Fine Art and later Acting Principal of Chesterfield College of Art in the 1970s and 80s. 

Guided Walks Unlock Historic Tales of Derby Ram Trail Backdrop

Free guided heritage and ghost walks have been organised around the city centre as part of the activity programme to coincide with the popular Derby Ram Trail this summer.

Derby Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), in partnership with Derby Museums, have organised the guided walks to showcase the areas’ hidden treasures which are the historic backdrop to the Derby Ram Trail as well as the ghostly stories linked to the landmark buildings and events.

Erewash Writers Open Short Story Competition 2021

The annual Erewash Writers Competition is back, and this year we're delighted to announce that Helen Baggott is our judge!

We provide free entry competitions throughout the year but once a year we ask a fee of £3 per entry, £5 for two. The closing date for entries is Thursday 22nd July 2021.

There are 6 prizes to be awarded this year. The prizes are £100, £70 and £30, plus two highly commended receive free entry for next year!

Writing for Wellbeing Workshop

Leonie Martin’s latest Online Writing for Wellbeing workshop will be on the theme of WONDERING, and will take place on Saturday 3rd July 11:00-13:00.

The workshop includes writing activities and an opportunity to share your work and listen to others within a safe and relaxing ‘virtual’ space. No previous experience of creative writing is required.

Access to Zoom is neccessary. Early booking is advised. Please contact Leonie on leonie.martin@me.com with any queries.

Dandelion: An Exhibition by Ed Burkes

We are delighted to invite you to view of Ed Burkes’ solo exhibition, which is now touring to London's Mall Galleries. 

Exhibition: 6 to 11 July 2021
Location: Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1

Dandelion is an exhibition of work created by Ed, the eighth winner of the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award, in response to the people, culture, heritage and landscape of Derbyshire.

HUUB and Jason Kenny - It doesn't get any faster!

The HUUB family of speed continues to grow, with the latest inductee to racing faster being none other than six-time Olympic gold medallist Jason Kenny. It is with great pride that, HUUB welcomes Jason to their family of athletes of all abilities overall disciplines. 

Furthest from the Sea at Belper Fringe July 3rd and 4th 2021

>The people from the Arts Group “Furthest from the Sea” have a whole load of fringe style shows on offer for Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th July at Number 28, as part of the Belper Fringe. 

That’s right, live entertainment returns despite the extended lockdown. That thing where you watch entertainment in person performed by real people is back! 
The weekend includes:

PB Theatricals brings the Magic Back to Theatre

‘...to find a mother younger than her son is very curious’

PB Theatricals youth theatre company brings magic back to the stage with Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe. After a year’s hiatus due to coronavirus, the not-for-profit youth theatre group that specialises in auditioning, rehearsing and performing shows within one week, is delighted to return to the Medway Community Centre, Bakewell for this year’s production of Iolanthe. 

New Partnership Accelerates Students’ Job Prospects

Derby College Group (DCG) has teamed up with Autotech Academy to help newly qualified students into their first employment in the automotive industry through paid internships.

Autotech Academy offers 3-12 month internship opportunities for students.  It also equips students with their own toolbox (worth £1,200), uniform and ongoing training for the duration of their paid internship including the Level 3 IMI Electric/Hybrid Vehicle accreditation to further help them transition into full time employment.

Heritage Wood Visitors Encouraged To Take Time to Remember

Family-owned Wathall’s funeral directors have sponsored a sturdy oak table and bench in the heart of Heritage Wood at Ednaston for visitors to enjoy a quiet moment of contemplation.

The table and bench has been engraved with a grief quote ‘Those who have no time to mourn have no time to mend.  It has been installed in the woodland clearing alongside the six foot stainless steel dandelion sculpture which Wathall’s commissioned two years ago thanks to a donation from the Ashbourne Shrovetide committee.

Artcore Newsflash

On behalf of Artcore Gallery we would like to invite you to the launch of our upcoming exhibition: 52 Cameras in 52 Weeks by photographer Tony Kemplen.

Exhibition Launch: Friday 25 June 2021, 5-8pm (book your slot here)
Exhibition Dates: 25 June – 17 July 2021
Opening Times: Monday – Saturday, 11am-5pm

All the latest from LEVEL

There's just under a week left to get your submissions in for our #LEVELOpenCall - looking for the best Contemporary Visual Art by learning disabled, neurodiverse, disabled and non-disabled artists.

We will be awarding three prizes, selected by our judging panel:

  • 1st place will receive £300
  • 2nd place will receive £200

We will also be conducting a People's Choice Award which will be announced towards the end of the exhibition and will be voted for by the visiting public.

Bonsall Arts Trail News!

After a bit of a break to take stock and focus a bit on our own creative work, we’re messaging you now because we need to make a final call for inclusion in the Bonsall Arts Trail book and give you exciting news about Melbourne Arts Trail.

Dronfield Hall Barn: Fancy exploring the area?

Walking during lockdown has been something that many of us have enjoyed. Whilst we’ve been unable to travel far or get to enjoy our usual way of life, many people have reported getting enjoyment out of just exploring their local areas.

Dronfield Hall Barn: Our summer newsletter is out now!

It has been a busy few months for us at the Barn, through a combination of welcoming customers back to the Barn for the first time since November, and much more besides. If you'd like to keep up to date with everything that has been happening, make sure you read our latest quarterly newsletter, which is available now.

Included inside this issue:

Croots Farm Shop: Cancellation of Open Farm Sunday on 27th June 2021

Regretfully, due to the on-going Covid restrictions, the Open Farm Sunday event scheduled to be held at Croots Farm Shop on 27th June has been cancelled.

Please amend your listings to reflect this change of plan.

We are really sorry to be cancelling such a popular and enjoyable event, but with the postponing of the lifting of restrictions and almost 1,000 visitors due to attend, we felt it was the safest thing to do.

The Croots Farm Shop team


New Institute of Technology could lead the UK’s digital and green revolution

Pioneering graduates from a new East Midlands Institute of Technology (IoT) would lead the UK’s green and digital revolution and form the beating heart of the country’s post-pandemic recovery.

Loughborough College, the University of Derby, Loughborough University and the Derby College Group (DCG) have joined forces on a £13m plan to create the highly advanced workforce needed to lead the digital revolution – otherwise known as Industry 4.0.

Actor Molly Windsor praises local creative project

Derbyshire-born actor Molly Windsor, who is an ambassador for child exploitation charity Safe and Sound, was the guest of honour at a performance to celebrate an innovative creative project for local children and young people.

Safe and Sound teamed up with arts organisations Derby Theatre and Baby People to enable ten boys and girls to join the Youth Voice project as part of the charity’s work to help them overcome their experiences of child exploitation.

UK's Top Design Makers come together for the return of Gnccfonline - An online version of Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

This summer sees the return of GNCCFonline, an opportunity to buy unique and exceptional contemporary craft direct from 120 specially selected makers over the weekend of 17-18 July.

When the pandemic forced the cancellation of the much loved Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fairs in 2020, the show organisers embraced the digital revolution and with a defiant ‘the show must go on’ spirit, launched the GNCCFonline with the aim of supporting independent makers. 

Creative Project Embraces Special Talents

City arts organisations in Derby are working with pupils at special education needs (SEND) schools across Derby on an ambitious multi-media creative project entitled Reimagine.

In the initial stages, the creative team from Derby-based Orchestra Sinfonia Viva has been working with young people from St Giles’ and St Andrew’s schools to write and produce songs on the theme of friendship.

Song about Derbyshire libraries to be written by library users

Young people are being sought to take part in a song writing workshop for Derbyshire libraries.

The project ‘Derbyshire Sings’ is funded by Arts Council England as part of its Lottery Grants programme.

Our library service successfully bid for just over £7,500 so that it could provide an opportunity for existing library customers to be involved in the creation of a song about libraries, and what the library means to them.

From Dance Classes to Derby Book Festival: see Déda’s summer programme!

Déda’s doors are back open and the team is excited to welcome you inside for a summer of dance, events and exhibitions. 

Déda is delighted to reopen its doors to the public, with a warm welcome to all visitors to classes, events, exhibitions and Déda’s café | bar. 

With Covid-19 safety measures in place, including test and trace, increased cleaning and reduced class capacity; Déda is approved with the Government’s ‘We’re Good to Go!’ industry standard. 

Art from Ruth Gray

Based around the High Peak Trail just the section from Middleton Top, down to High Peak Junction I aim to really focus in detail by painting 25 panoramic views of it as if you were walking down it. The High Peak trail was developed fifty years ago and opened fully in 1974 as a public trail. Why am I doing this? Well, it is somewhere I've always loved and is a natural progression from my Derwent Valley Mills work as the railway was a major part of the valley's transport infrastructure.

Straight Curves: June in the loop

We hope you have had a great half term and are ready for the kids to go back tomorrow. We have lots going on at the moment and quite a few courses starting this month both online and in person as we slowly edge towards opening fully from September.

We hope you have been making some time for yourself to get creative as things have started opening up between catching up with friends and family. Don't forget our workshops are great as a day out with friends and we have lots coming up in September at weekends.

Junction Arts 2021: Bring on the summer!

Volunteers Week 2021

We want to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of our volunteers! The donation of their time and skills are vital in making it possible for all people we meet to experience the supportive power and connection being creative gives us.

New: National Forest Society Grants

The National Forest is looking for new ways to support the health and wellbeing of those who live in the National Forest and are pleased to announce a new grant scheme to fund work to achieve this.

Projects supported by the Forest Society grant scheme will encourage new and diverse audiences to get involved with Forest activities, increase participation overall, and will use local woodlands to harness the wellbeing benefits of spending times outdoors and connecting to nature.

Summer at Cromford Mills

Well - Summer is finally here, and we have a mill yard full of sunshine and visitors. Tickets are selling fast for the Outdoor Theatre Weekend and we have more celebrations planned to mark our 250th and 50th anniversaries.

We do hope that we will see you here!

June Events include:

Stainsby Newsflash: June-July 2021

The extension to the lockdown rules announced tonight means they don’t expire until the day AFTER the Festival is supposed to finish (and there’s no guarantee they won’t be extended again). So, thanks to the government's announcement… we’re NOT on. Gutted.

Well we’ve put all our resources and planning into running from the 16th to 18th July which was hard enough during the pandemic, so we're not going to be pulling any rabbits from any hats in a hurry.

Mini Ram Characters Bed Down For Sleepovers in Local Businesses

Businesses across the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in Derby city centre are showcasing their own flock of mini ram characters as part of this summer’s Derby Ram Trail.

The Great Ram Sleepover runs from 14th - 26th June and will feature ten mini Ram characters who will stay in a business for four nights before moving to another business window for the next four nights.

Safe and Sound Expands Outreach Programme into South Derbyshire

Specialist Derbyshire charity Safe and Sound has expanded its weekly outreach programme into parts of Erewash and South Derbyshire in a bid to raise awareness of the support available to protect more young people from child exploitation.

Safe and Sound supports children and young people across Derbyshire who are victims of or at risk of child exploitation which includes online grooming sexual exploitation, County Lines, Modern Slavery and trafficking as well as supporting the wider families and raising awareness of the issues in local communities.

Artcore June 2021 Newsletter

At Artcore Gallery, we are exhibiting "Circling the Square: Visions of an Unmade City" by artists Ryan Heath and Katy Hawkins. The exhibition is an accumulation of what the artists have been working on during their residency with us at Artcore. Coming up in June, we also have a talk by Ryan and Katy, a new exhibition opening of "52 Cameras in 52 Weeks" by Tony Kemplen, and an exciting exhibition at Charnwood St, "Shape Your Future". Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming events and exhibitions which will be advertised on our website throughout the month. 

Immersive tech studio Bloc Digital announce new virtual platform product

Digital visualisation and immersive tech studio Bloc Digital are supporting the global shift to digital integration and communication with the launch of virtURL®, a new virtual events and product showcase platform.   

The Derby based company, which pioneers business and industry use of immersive and creative technologies, has announced the industry roll-out of its new digital online solution which combines person-to-person communication and networking in a customisable, interactive, virtual environment.  

Looking for something to do this half-term?

If you're still looking for a way to keep the kids busy this half-term, make sure you check out our Artist in Residence's YouTube channel to find some fun activities for children!

Throughout lockdown, John Sutcliffe has uploaded numerous tutorials to his channel, covering various techniques and different art forms. From next week, he will be uploading a series of videos showing how to make your own light up bug. 

Be sure to have a go - as your work could later be feature in an enchanted forest!

Make your own light up bug this half-term!

Learn how to make your own light-up bug with the help of our Artist in Residence, John Sutcliffe

If you're looking for something to keep the kids busy this half-term, make sure you check out a new series of video tutorials by the Barn's Artist in Residence, John Sutcliffe. These videos, specially for kids, take you through the process of making your own light-up bug from a milk carton. Watch the first part of the tutorial above, with the two remaining videos accessible by heading to John's YouTube channel. 

Get out and explore countryside events

If you’re looking for ideas to get out and about this half-term and through summer, take a look at our range of COVID-secure events at our countryside sites across the county.

The events and workshops are held at country parks, industrial heritage sites and canal side venues, designed to appeal to all the family with some offering the chance to learn new skills.

Derbyshire Libraries eNewsletter - June 2021

This June - checkout all the stories and winners from our Creative Writing Competition, celebrate Make Music Day and HI VIS 2021, borrow books and eMagazines for Health & Fitness, and much more!

Our Current Provision

Our libraries are open for the following:

Derbyshire Craft Business gets a boost from Theo Paphitis

A Derbyshire based firm has received a business boost from Retail Entrepreneur Theo Paphitis. Last week, Sarah Hodgkinson owner of Crafty You Crafty Me tweeted Theo about her business during ‘Small Business Sunday’ and was one of six weekly winners to gain a retweet by Theo to his near half a million Twitter followers. The weekly initiative, set up by Theo in 2010, now has over 3,000 #SBS winners and supports small businesses in the UK.

Croots Farm Shop throws open its gates for Open Farm Sunday on 27th June

Popular Derbyshire farm shop Croots will be opening the gates to the farm on Sunday 27th June as part of a nationwide event to showcase British farming.

LEAF Open Farm Sunday is the farming industry’s national open day, with hundreds of farms throwing open their gates to give the public the chance to find out more about where their food comes from.

Among them is Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road near Duffield - the home of the award-winning Croots Farm Shop.

Business Award Recognises Local Company’s Lofty Ambitions

A Long Eaton company has been recognised as a leading light in the loft storage industry by a panel of business judges.

More Than Loft Ladders is based in Meadow Lane and covers the Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield areas as part of a national franchise network.

The company has been named Loft Specialists of the Year in the Corporate Livewire Central England Prestige Awards 2021 which recognises small and medium-sized businesses that have proven to be the best in their market over the past 12 months.

The London Mothers - Online Premiere 9th June 8pm

You are cordially invited to join us for the online Premiere of “The London Mothers”, a short play by artist Heidi Luker inspired by the history of Willersley Castle. The Arkwright family home was built in the late 18th Century and during the Second World War it became a maternity hospital..

From Dance Classes to Derby Book Festival: see Déda’s summer programme!

Déda’s doors are back open and the team is excited to welcome you inside for a summer of dance, events and exhibitions. 

Déda is delighted to reopen its doors to the public, with a warm welcome to all visitors to classes, events, exhibitions and Déda’s café | bar. 

With Covid-19 safety measures in place, including test and trace, increased cleaning and reduced class capacity; Déda is approved with the Government’s ‘We’re Good to Go!’ industry standard. 

St John Street Gallery - A Feast for Summer

You are invited to the opening of this colourful and fun exhibition by three of our favourite artist. Preview: Friday June 18th from 5-8pm. The exhibition will run From June 18th until July 17th 2021.


Broadcaster urges pause for thought at Buxton

The key to defusing all those blazing internet rows is right there on your computer — and it’s labelled “pause”, says radio presenter and political blogger Iain Dale, who will be urging us all to calm down when he comes to Buxton International Festival in July.

No stranger to taking sides, Iain is not only a former Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, but also a football fan whose West Ham Till I Die blog says it all about tribalism just in its title.

Buxton in same arts league as UK capital cities

Buxton International Festival has won the town a place in the arts world on a par with two of the UK’s capital cities after being chosen to showcase a new work by one of Britain’s finest contemporary musicians.

The Festival (BIF) has been chosen for the first live production of a new opera, Dido’s Ghost, following its online premiere in London’s Barbican and before its run in Edinburgh.

We're Reopening the LEVEL Centre!

We’re so excited to announce that we will be back in our amazing, fully accessible arts centre from the 28th June.

We are beginning our reopening with the two interactive exhibitions that, due to the impact of Covid-19, had a limited run in 2020/2021.

Quantum Space by Kuflex and Degradation by Martyn Stonehouse will be available for view until the end of August 2021.


Innovative Learning Service Supports Child Safety Week

An innovative Derby-based video teaching and learning service for children and young people of all ages and abilities has released more than 500 child safety videos which are available to watch online free of charge as part of national Child Safety Week (June 7 to 13).

Wathall’s Activity Book Helps Children Come To Terms With Loss

Family-owned Wathall’s, which is Derby’s longest established independent funeral directors, has created a beautifully illustrated activity book to support children and young people who have lost a loved one.

Wathall’s Bereavement Support Coordinator and qualified counsellor Fay Bloor has worked with University of Derby graduate and freelance illustrator Michael Ashley to create the book entitled ‘Missing Someone Special – working your way through loss’.

Derby Theatre looking for Marketing Support

Derby Theatre is looking for someone with a good level of marketing and promotional experience (including digital marketing and content creation) and a creative flair to support the marketing team and function at the Theatre for approx. 16 hours per week for up to 7 months.

Hours: 16 hours per week for up to 7 months

Salary: £9.57 per hour

Closing Date: Wednesday 9 June, 5pm

Interview Date: TBC