June 2021

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