July 2021

Deadline for Trinity Laban's CPMM programme approaching

With only 8 weeks until the application deadline, apply now for the opportunity to transform your Music Making skills with London’s Creative Conservatoire

The Certificate: The Practice of Music Making is a one-year distance-learning programme developed by Trinity Laban in partnership with the Open University. It offers adults with a passion for music the opportunity to develop their practical music making and performance skills.

Summer Programme Supports Vulnerable Children and Families

Specialist charity Safe and Sound has secured funding from the government’s expanded Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) to run a four-week programme for young people and families whose lives have been affected by child exploitation.

Thanks to HAF funding administered locally by Community Action, around 40 young people and ten families will join a wide range of activities such as dance, boxing, table tennis, family cooking and youth club activities over the summer holidays.

FORMAT News: New PhotoForum Programme Announced

FORMAT is delighted to announce our upcoming programme of PhotoForum talks from August through January 2022

Taking place throughout August and then every last Tuesday of the month, we will be in conversation with some of the most exciting industry professionals who will be sharing their work, insights and stories.

Derby company helps charity bridge the IT gap

A Derby company has donated brand new laptops to a charity which is dedicated to improving the mental health of children, parents and teachers.
L.E.A.D. IT Services, which is based in Victoria Street, Derby, answered the plea for help from Bridge the Gap Child Mental Health, which supports children with their emotions and how to deal with them.

The Old Lock Up Gallery: Secret Postcard Show 2021 and other news

The submission date for The Secret Postcard Show 2021 is just days away now: this Thursday 22nd July!

The gallery continues to need your support via this show and as many of you know building a sustainable art gallery can often be a lengthy process. The gallery brings so much enjoyment to so many peoples lives: including the artists that we work with.

Chesterfield Theatre: Pomegranate Screenings Just Announced

Chesterfield Theatre have just announced some must-see screenings for this summer!

Off The Rails (15)

Regular screenings: Saturday 31st July - Friday 13th August
Running time: 94 minutes

From Bill Kenwright Films comes a journey about rediscovery, friendship and forgiveness.
Three women in their 50s recreate an inter-rail journey across Europe to fulfil a friend’s dying wish, leading to as many laughs and tears as the first time around.

Artcore Exhibition Launch - Present Tense Future Perfect?

You are invited to the launch of Present Tense Future Perfect? An exhibition featuring the work of two of our brilliant artists in residence: Thomas Wynne and Kelly O'Brien.

In October 2020, Kelly O'Brien and Thomas Wynne undertook an artist residency with Artcore for a duration of two months titled Present Tense Future Perfect? Through this residency, we wanted to give the artists an opportunity to make new work dealing with the tensions caused by current uncertainties, whilst looking forward to a brighter future.

Last Call! Top prizes up-for-grabs in new talent show contest

Talented residents from across north Derbyshire are invited to show us their skills to help raise money for charity and bag themselves a top prize!

North Derbyshire's Got Talent has been organised by North East Derbyshire District Council, to raise money and awareness for our Chair's Appeal for Ashgate Hospicecare.

As well as helping the charity, all those who enter will be in with the chance of winning a £250 cash prize, trophy and the chance to perform at a Chesterfield Football Club match day!

Wirksworth Festival Launch Online Art Prize

Wirksworth Festival launches its first online art prize – a vibrant platform for artists to showcase their work and win one of six prizes, including a People’s Vote.

Wirksworth Festival has launched its first Online Art Prize – bringing artists and audiences together from the comfort of their own sofas to exhibit, browse and buy art from August – September 2021.

Cycle Donations Helps Rocco Spread Bridges of Hope Messages Further Afield

Two Derby businesses have teamed up to donate a top of the range road bike to help local mental health campaigner Rocco Hawkins take his Bridges of Hope messages further afield.

Rocco Hawkins (37) from Spondon caught the attention of many people in city last April as he walked to bridges to leave handwritten notes of support for those struggling with mental health.

Panto is back at New Mills Art Theatre

Oh no it isn’t, Oh Yes It Is! – The Friends of New Mills Art Theatre are so pleased to be able to announce their next pantomime is Cinderella – probably the best panto story of all time.

After the production was sadly postponed last year, they have chosen the classic Cinderella story, script by Alan P Frayn, that is packed with all the wonderful panto characters, jokes and slapstick business, putting pantomime back where it belongs – in its home, on the Art Theatre stage in January and February 2022.

LEVEL Residency Lab

We’re excited to share a great new opportunity with you in the form of our next round of 2021 Artist Residencies, based at the LEVEL Centre in the gorgeous Peak District.

We are looking to support UK based, professional artists and companies from a variety of disciplines (visual, performing & digital). We’re wanting proposals for projects which research and develop ideas by and suitable for learning disabled adults.

How to Apply

Online Training Employer Academy Gives Students A Head Start

A wide range of Construction skills students at Derby College Group (DCG) in Derby and Ilkeston have gained industry-accredited training to boost their chances of securing a job in the industry, thanks to a partnership initiative with Howarth Timber and Building Supplies.

The company, which has been established since 1840 and is the UK’s largest privately-owned timber company with 33 branches across the UK, joined forces with DCG last year to set up an online training Employer Academy.

Launching today: The UK Creative Industries report & #WeAreCreative

This morning, Creative Industries Federation and Creative England have jointly published our major new report, The UK Creative Industries: unleashing the power and potential of creativity. It is the first publication from us as the Creative UK Group and we're really excited to share it with you.  Alongside this, we have launched our new member-led campaign,  #WeAreCreative.  

Charity Support Is Close To Business Owner’s Heart

A Long Eaton business has pledged support for The Brain Tumour Charity which is the world’s largest charity dedicated to funding global research into the disease.

More Than Loft Ladders in Meadow Lane is donating £1 for every job it completes this year and is on target to raise £1,200 by the end of 2021.

The charity is close to the business owner Liam Hobbs’ heart as his wife Kelly (41) was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015.

FORMAT News: Opportunity for photography residency

Gallowtree Gate and Halford Street, Leicester: dated 1885 from Historic England Archive

FORMAT and QUAD in association with Historic England and Photoworks are delighted to offer this unique opportunity to work on the long term project, Picturing England’s High Streets, photographing the high streets of Leicester.

Long Eaton Box Office Cultural Hub - Soft market test for Operator

Erewash Borough Council is undertaking a soft market testing exercise to seek the views of external operators for Cultural Hub services. The Council wishes to gain insight into the operating models available in the market place to assist with the development of a detailed specification and to help consider the most appropriate procurement process.

The soft market test will take place from Thursday 15th July until Friday 13th August 2021.

Visiting the Barn from Monday 19th July

There has been lots in the media about the changes in regulations from Monday 19th July, but we are conscious that Covid hasn’t gone away, and some of our visitors and customers may be feeling nervous about any possible changes to procedures. So, we’d like to reassure you that we are continuing with many of the measures we have had in place for some time:

• Table service will be continuing in the coffee shop. This helps to restrict movement around the building.

Rave Reviews for Buxton International Festival!

We're thrilled that Buxton International Festival has received fantastic reviews from top critics this year. 

George Hall from The Stage writes “Few UK events can match the Buxton International Festival either for its appealing location, or for the quantity – as well as the quality – of its offerings, whether in opera, books or music."

And from John Allison at The Telegraph, “The Buxton International Festival still feels more festive than any other arts jamboree so far this summer.”

First county community-managed library set to open its doors

Derbyshire’s first community-managed library is set to open its doors in August.

Woodville Library is to be the first of our libraries to transfer over to community management as part of our innovative Libraries for Derbyshire strategy.

The handover and opening was originally planned for spring last year but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Summer Reading Challenge

Pack your bags, we’re headed for Wilderville! It’s a pretty cool place, but there are lots of things that the Wild World Heroes can do to make their town even better for the people and animals that live there

This year’s challenge is “Wild World Heroes” and will begin on Saturday 10th July 2021, running throughout the summer holidays until Saturday 11th September. All our libraries will be taking part!


Museum of Making: Makers Assemble!

Our annual Maker Faire returns this year with a new name – Assemble – Derby’s very own Festival of Making. And what better place to hold a Festival championing makers and their work than at the new Museum of Making, located at Derby Silk Mill on what is widely regarded as the site of the world’s first factory?

We’re inviting makers from across the country, with projects of all shapes and sizes, to showcase their work at Assemble in October, and to share their passion and skills, talk about their processes and encourage others to have a go at making themselves.

Planting Project Commemorates Village’s Wartime Links

Picture shows, from left DCG Horticulture students Cath Davison, Sean Smith, Claudia Bain and Sally Filby with teacher Mike Baldwin.

Mature students at Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall have designed and planted a flowerbed in Horsley Woodhouse to commemorate the important role that the village played in World War Two.

Horsley Woodhouse was home to three factories which were opened at the beginning of the war following concerns that the main Rolls-Royce factory in Derby would be targeted by German bombers.

Safe and Sound Supports NCS Programme

Safe and Sound, the Derbyshire based child exploitation charity, is supporting this summer’s NCS programme with a series of awareness raising sessions for young people.

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 their families and raising awareness of the issues in local communities.

Derby Ram Trail releases tickets for the Farewell Weekend and end of trail Auction

Image: Derby Ram Trail credit Derby Museums

The Derby Ram Trail has been creating a buzz across the city since it launched at the end of May. Now, with all the excitement it has created you could have the opportunity to own your very own unique work of art.

With just over six weeks to go, serious bidders are invited to register their interest for the end of trail auction, taking place in the prestigious Italian Mill in the newly opened Museum of Making.

Free Digital Concert Marks Live Dates Announcement

Derby-based Sinfonia Viva, the East Midlands’ only professional orchestra, has released a free online concert to thank the public and partners for their support during the pandemic ahead of their return to live music.

The free online concert was filmed at Wyastone Concert Hall in Monmouth last month and is led from the violin by Sophie Rosa.

Information about visiting Chatsworth after 19th July 2021

Following the government’s announcement on 12 July regarding the further easing of Covid restrictions, we wanted to tell you about our plans at Chatsworth for visits from 19 July onwards.

While we are looking forward to being able to welcome more people back to the estate, the health and wellbeing of our visitors and colleagues remains our number one priority. We are therefore taking a cautious and gradual approach to lifting our Covid safety measures.

The following will apply from 19 July:

FORMAT News: Visit Derby

If you are visiting Derby this weekend then you still have time to visit the selection of FORMAT21: Open Call exhibitions, currently on show at Deda and closing this Sunday - 18th July.

Business Students Enter The Dragons Den

Derby College Group (DCG) recently hosted a Dragon’s Den style event for around 150 Business students to present their plans for a new product.

Marresa director Nikki Johnson was part of a five-strong panel of judges alongside Sarah Smith, Bettina Crofts and Marcus Gayle from the College and Merv Sheldon who runs Bridesfayre.

Returning soon to Dronfield Hall Barn: Kid's craft activities

We're pleased to announce that our popular kid's craft activities will be returning to the Barn this summer, beginning Thursday 5th August! 

Get creative and beat the summer holiday boredom with the help of our volunteers, who will be running the activities every Thursday from 10am-3pm. You can get involved for just £2.50 per child, but please note that children must be accompanied by an adult. Turn up on the day, with no pre-booking required.

New Perspectives: The Festival of Small Things

The Festival of Small Things is a celebration of true encounters, intimate exchanges and the joy of things you can hold.

Derbyshire acclaimed photographer Tony Fisher joins artist Fi Marks in an intimate exhibition, called Touch. Hold a series of original Polaroids taken by the photographer and artist that tells a story.

Beyond The Spectrum: Celebration Event

You are all invited to a very special online event to celebrate some of the magnificent writing produced by participants of the Beyond The Spectrum project for autistic writers which began back in January, and which will conclude this week.

The event will comprise performances and live readings from a group of writers of all ages, and promises to be a really special afternoon. If you’d like to drop in, you will need to register here.

Buxton International Festival is about to begin!

It’s been a long wait but we’re delighted to open our venue doors tomorrow and welcome everyone to Buxton for seventeen days of opera, music and books! 

This year, the opera companies have filmed special videos to share insights into their productions, with personal contributions from creatives. Some of the talks also feature cast members and rehearsal footage. 

Meet the Author - Darren Charlton

Have you visited the Dronfield Hall Barn's shop page? There’s plenty of great reading material to be found in the books section, including local history Miscellanies, our own exhibition publications, walks guides and more!

Florence Nightingale: A New Film

'Florence Nightingale : Scenes From A Life' is a digital film set for viewings from 12 May 2022.

Worldwide celebrations for Florence Nightingale's 200th birthday in 2020 were curtailed by pandemic restrictions. One casualty was a new play, 'Kissing Miss Nightingale's Shadow'. However, the team behind the play, decided they would not be beaten. The result is a new digital film that will be made available free of charge to Universities, Colleges, Nursing Schools and all Educational Establishments worldwide.

Ilkeston’s Community College Hosts Learning Open Day

Derby College Group (DCG) is holding a family open day at The Community College in Pimlico, Ilkeston, on Saturday July 31 between 11am and 5pm with a range of taster learning sessions for adults and fun activities for children.

The Community College is now home to an expanded range of adult learning courses ranging from IT and Spanish to British Sign Language and Wellbeing as well as GCSE English, Maths and Biology and an extensive distance learning programme.  Many of the courses are free of charge and all lead to nationally recognised qualifications.

Artcore July 2021 Newsletter

As always at Artcore, we are passionate about bringing new exciting programmes and events to Derbyshire and connecting with our community through creativity. It is what brings us together. 

Apprenticeship Vacancies Soar Amongst Local Employers

Derby College Group (DCG) have a bumper crop of apprenticeship vacancies to fill on behalf of local and regional employers – highlighting the growing levels of business confidence, according to Vice Principal of Apprenticeships and Employer Relations Matthew Smith.

There are currently around 200 apprenticeship vacancies currently available to local young people and adults across a wide range of sectors including Construction, Engineering, Business, Hospitality and Childcare with imminent start dates.

Opportunities include:

Monkey vs Owl Expands Offer With Key Appointment

Fast-growing lettings company Monkey vs Owl has appointed Hollie Clayton as residential lettings manager to drive forward its service expansion.

The company, which has offices in Derby and Loughborough, launched in 2017 and has since specialised in the lettings and management of HMO properties (houses in multiple occupation) – particularly for students and young professionals.

FORMAT News: Opportunities

Photograph by Marley Starskey Butler

FORMAT in partnership with GRAIN (Birmingham) and QUAD (Derby) are delighted to announce the new iteration of their successful East Meets West masterclass programme, which will take place online.

The masterclass programme is for emerging photographers and offers professional development, inspiration, guidance and support in a collaborative learning environment in order to allow photographers to develop their practice, networks and new unique opportunities.

Quentin Blake and John Yeoman: 50 Years of Children’s Books

Quentin Blake has had a number of extended collaborations with writers, but the longest of all has been with John Yeoman. This exhibition is the first to celebrate this partnership, featuring more than 40 works, including illustrations and books by the two.

Quentin Blake and John Yeoman: 50 Years of Children’s Books is an exhibition from House of Illustration, curated by Quentin Blake.

Two Weeks to Go Until BIF21!

With just under two weeks to go until the 2021 Buxton International Festival, rehearsals are in full swing and we're preparing our venues ready to welcome you to Buxton for another summer of opera, music and books.

Half of our events have limited availability with some sell out performances so although we understand that many festival-goers reserve seats when they arrive, we do recommend booking ahead this year.

Writing for Wellbeing in collaboration with Growing Choices, Pilsley

Join Derbyshire writer Leonie Martin for an online Writing for Wellbeing workshop in collaboration with Growing Choices Community Garden in Pilsley.

The workshop will include 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.

Buxton Art Trail takes to the boulevard!

The Fringe Award-winning Buxton Art Trail is reinventing itself as an outdoor exhibition on Buxton’s beautiful Broad Walk this year.

The Pavilion Gardens event, entitled Art on the Railings, is designed to capture some of the atmosphere of the Montmartre art district in Paris, and takes place on Saturday July 10th from 10am to 4.30pm as part of the Buxton Fringe.

A host of local artists will be showing a wide variety of work on the railings and selling cards and artworks, often at bargain prices.

New Job Opportunities at LEVEL Centre

LEVEL Centre is really excited to announce two new opportunities to join our dynamic team.

We are seeking a Marketing and Audience Development Manager and an Engagement Producer to help us develop LEVEL at a pivotal moment for the organisation. This is an exciting time to join the LEVEL team as we begin to shape our future vision.
We’re looking for creative and passionate individuals who put access at the heart of their decisions and want to help us celebrate The Art That Difference Makes.

Level Centre: We Need Your Help!

LEVEL Centre is collaborating with film maker Solene Guichard to create a short animation, ‘Flying Under The Radar’, a documentary to be displayed at LEVEL Centre this autumn.

To inform the research for this commission, Solene is looking to gather stories of the experiences of people who identify as female, being diagnosed with autism post 18 years of age. The findings will inform a short animation, directed by film maker Solene which will be exhibited at LEVEL Centre from September 2021.

Villainous Prize For DCG Student

Derby College Group (DCG) Media Make Up student Phoebe Child has clinched the top prize in a competition run for students by London theatrical make up specialists Kryolan UK.

The company devised an enrichment project for the Roundhouse-based students who were set the challenge to design, create and submit photographs of an original make up design on the theme of theatrical villains.

Phoebe Child (18) from Belper was chosen as the winner for her design which she applied on herself (pictured).

Derby’s Iconic Shopping Parade Fully Occupied

All the business premises in one of Derby Cathedral Quarter’s most iconic streets is now either occupied or under offer, according to commercial property agent Trevor Raybould.

The Strand’s latest occupant is long-established Derby tailor Ashley Buckley who has moved from a first floor studio in Iron Gate into beautifully refurbished street level premises where he continues to offer bespoke men’s tailoring and alterations.

Song about Derbyshire Libraries to be written by young 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.

Derbyshire County Council’s 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. 

Bursary Awards For Derby College Group Students

Two 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 Maisie Bull (19) from Littleover has won £400 and £200 has been awarded Leanne Bailey (18) from Cromford.

Derbyshire Open Arts: Annual General Meeting 2021

We are pleased to invite all our members to attend our Annual General Meeting  marking the end of the 2021 cycle, when all our efforts were taken online. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday 22nd July at 19:00 - Click here to request a link.

The Committee would like to thank all of you for your support and participation in the 2021 Online Campaign.  

Attached please find all the relevant documents for this AGM, including: