August 2021

Dronfield Hall Barn - Upcoming Events


This Month At Dronfield Hall Barn Tomorrow!

Final Pop-Up Mini-Market


Thank you to all of those who have supported our fantastic pop-up mini-markets throughout this month. It has been great to have seen so many people enjoying the stalls in our gardens - and we're looking forward to doing it one final time this summer at the usual time tomorrow!

Art of wellbeing creative expressive workshop on 19th Sept


The Art of Wellbeing

The Art of Well Being is a series of creative workshops designed specifically to create, support and promote health and well being via the arts. The workshops are held in our beautiful and peaceful gallery space by qualified creative expressive practitioners.

The series of The Art of Wellbeing workshops are co facilitated by Ella Meredith and Rachael Pinks.

Secret Postcard Show 2021


THE SECRET POSTCARD SHOW 2021 opens 27th August 6pm - 8.30pm - all welcome - no booking required. We prefer that you wear masks whilst in the gallery and use the hand sanitiser provided.

The exhibition will then go live via Instagram from as close to 8.30pm as possible - work will be available to purchase. 

Exhibiting artists will be announced via our website once the show has opened.


Purchasing work online via instagram

New creative classes for autumn in South Derbyshire & Ashby

The Creation Station is launching their autumn programme of award-winning arts and crafts classes for pre-school children, and adult craft nights, in the Ashby, Hilton, Melbourne and Swadlincote areas.

For pre-schoolers, the hands-on, exploratory programmes are based on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum EYFS. Each class is designed to support the individual child’s journey of discovery, through a wide range of different materials and tools, every week. 

Ghosts of the Landscape Nature Writing Competition

A summer creative writing competition for adults and children | Closing Date Midnight September 8th, 2021

Ghosts of the Landscape is a project which aims to raise awareness of the plight of Derbyshire’s moorlands. Instead of being an important haven for wildlife, carbon sequestration and flood prevention, as they once were, they have been drained, polluted, overgrazed and lost many of the wild species that should live there.

Derby College Group: Student Recognition

Plumbing and Electrical Installation students at Derby College Group have been recognised at an event – showcasing their hard work and commitment to their studies.

Teachers on the Levels one and two and three study programmes at the Roundhouse nominated the Best Student and Most Improved Student who were presented with prizes donated by local companies CEF, Monument Tools and Willbond Plumbing Centres.

The award winners were:

HUUB to Give Team Europe the Edge

Triathlon market leader HUUB is an innovative company with a mission to make athletes faster. When we were asked if we wanted to create suits for Team Europe at the Collins Cup we couldn’t have been prouder, not only to create the suits for the winning team but also to allow us to showcase our new Aero-Heat-Matrix.

Here at HUUB, we shy away from the easy; our focus has always been innovation and a meticulous approach to researching where gains can still be found and remain as yet uncovered.

World Record Attempt Marks Next Stage In Charity Growth

Derbyshire’s specialist child exploitation charity Safe and Sound are gearing up for a world record attempt to spearhead the next phase of their Butterfly Appeal.

Safe and Sound have been working with two local businesses, Colleague Box and Mercia Image Print, to develop their plan to smash the current world record for the ‘largest display of butterfly replicas’.

The world record currently stands at 720 but organisers are planning to display 1000 professionally- printed butterfly images at the Derbion on Saturday August 28.

Music, dancing and more coming to Derby Market Place

More events have now been added to the great line-up of shows and attractions at the Derby Loves You temporary venue at Derby Market Place.

Talks, poetry, and musical experiences will be among the latest additions to an already exciting programme, that includes al fresco dining and markets, meaning there’s something or everyone.

Aesthetica Writing Awards

There are just 2 weeks left to submit entries to the Aesthetica Writing Awards.



Aesthetica is looking for the best new writing talent. The international literary prize is open to poetry and short fiction submissions on any theme, celebrating innovation in content, form and technique.

Start Your Entry



Autumn Writer's Courses with Sophie & Roz

New Writing Courses with Sophie Draper and Roz Watkins

"Gripping Fiction": a live online course: Wed 15th Sept to 20th Oct 2021 incl.

"Submitting to Agents": a live online course: Mon 8th Nov - 29th Nov 2021 incl.



"Gripping Fiction"          £235

6 weeks of 15th Sept to 20th October 2021 (Wednesdays, 7 - 8.30pm, live online).

Healthwatch Derbyshire Expands Board To Help Drive Local Service Improvements

Healthwatch Derbyshire, the local health and social care watchdog, is recruiting members of the public to join its Board and help steer the future direction of the organisation.

Healthwatch Derbyshire is part of the Healthwatch England network of over 150 local organisations across the country. As an independent, statutory body, it ensures that health and social care leaders and other decision makers listen to feedback from local people and improve standards of care.

Derbyshire Peak District Branch holds taster events to boost local friendships

Throughout September, to celebrate Friendship Month, the Derbyshire Peak Oddfellows are holding events to help bring friends back together and encourage new connections after 18 months of isolation and restrictions.

The Society, whose members meet up regularly in the Derbyshire/ Chesterfield area for social and fundraising activities, says it wants to extend a warm welcome to newcomers by offering a range of taster events specially designed to put them at ease.

Derby Ram Trail extended until 25 August before Ram-union brings them all together for one last time

Don’t miss your chance to grab a ticket and even make a bid at auction to own your own!

It has been a ram-tastic summer of art in Derby with an amazing array of wonderfully decorated rams animating the city as people started to get out and about again. The Derby Ram Trail has been embraced by the people of Derby and visitors alike and now everyone will have an extra few days to enjoy them as the trail has been extended until the end of Wednesday 25 August.

New QUAD Exhibition - Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley: 'Haunting Alongside Our Shadows'

              Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley Haunting Alongside Our Shadows - image courtesy of the Artist

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley’s Haunting Alongside Our Shadows will be on display at QUAD from September 2021.

Danielle’s work is based in historical happening’s, creating video-game inspired artworks that form part of her Black Trans archive to, as the artist states, “record the lives of Black Trans People in the present to imagine our existence in the past through immersive storytelling.”


New Mills Festival 2021

New Mills Festival 2021 brings you ... 

A newsletter!

The first of a 2021 series.

There is so much going on from 10th to 26th September that we've had to split the information across a few newsletters just so we can cover every type of entertainment that's coming to town this year. This newsletter is devoted to the big events, but we'll be covering (or trying to) everything as we go so you don't miss out on a thing!


New Mills Festival Weekender

Artist Residency Call Out

About Level

LEVEL is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and is also supported by Derbyshire County Council. We produce and promote art that is powerful and of relevance to all of our society – art that is not afraid to be different.


About LEVEL’s Residencies

Residencies are planned to take place between November 2021 and March 2022. We will select 4 Artists or companies to complete a 1 to 2 week residency with LEVEL.

Co-Lab at the Museum of Making

Co-Lab (Collaborative Laboratory) is an opportunity for creative organisations, makers, artists, and practitioners from across the region to meet, network and learn more about the upcoming collaborative opportunities at Derby Museums.

We’ll be discussing, creating, and sharing ideas for ‘First Fridays’, a series of proposed monthly after-hours talks, workshops and performance-based events at the Museum of Making, which will be co-produced with local creative organisations, makers and artists.

Cinderella Panto Auditions at New Mills Art Theatre

Could this be your chance to tread the boards on the Art Theatre stage? Our next panto is Cinderella by Alan Frayn – a classic tale given the full pantomime treatment!

To find out more about our panto and meet the production team - come along to our Get-Together on Monday, 6 September at 7.30pm at New Mills Art Theatre, Jodrell Street, SK22 3HJ.

Artcore Newsflash

On behalf of Artcore Gallery, the team would like to invite you to the launch of Error & Power, an exhibition featuring the work of artists in residence Naho Matsuda (@naho.matsuda) and Neale Willis (@nealewillis).

Naho and Neale began their residency with Artcore in May 2020. For Error & Power, both artists explore the strategy of creating space for chance, and the potential for mistakes and errors to shape their work, whether by design or accident.

Garden Design Planned For GWL Return

Horticulture students at Derby College Group (DCG) are ploughing ahead with their entry into this year’s Gardeners World Live exhibition and competition at the NEC later this month.

The mature students are on the Level 3 study programme which has been specially devised by DCG Horticulture lecturer Mike Baldwin to bring together skills and knowledge in surveying, design, plantsmanship and construction - ideal for students who want to establish a gardening business.

Online Enrolment at Derby College Group

New students planning to join Derby College Group (DCG) in September will be able to enrol online from Thursday August 12 this year – GCSE results day.

Remote enrolment was introduced at the college for the first time last year and proved to be popular with school leavers and adult learners.

Autumn Writer's Zoom Courses with Sophie & Roz

New Writing Courses with best-selling writers Sophie Draper and Roz Watkins are now available to book!

"Gripping Fiction": a live online course: Wed 15th Sept to 20th Oct 2021 incl.

"Submitting to Agents": a live online course: Mon 8th Nov - 29th Nov 2021 incl.

About the writers

Roz specialises in writing crime series novels, the first of which was shortlisted for the Debut Dagger! Sophie writes a more psychological thriller genre, the first of which won the Bath Novel Award.

Artist Opportunity

Arts Development are looking for a music artist to deliver a 3-day residential in an Erewash school with KS2 children, to help create a Song for Erewash. The song will be developed jointly in school and performed at Ilkeston’s historical Charter Fair the 18th October 2021.
Schools are to submit a collection of thoughts and words that will help complete the song prior to the residential starting.
Song for Erewash theme – ‘Identity’

Art Classes with John Sutcliffe - Starting in September

Fancy developing your art skills with the help of the Dronfield Hall Barn's Artist in Residence? Then make sure you get involved with a new term of art classes taking place every Thursday from September.


Chesterfield Theatre - Pomegranate Screenings: From Friday 6th August

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

Off The Rails (15)

Regular screenings: until Friday 13th August, 7:30pm
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.

Sinfonia Viva Job Opportunity: Chief Executive

Sinfonia Viva is seeking to appoint an ambitious, engaging and innovative Chief Executive to help lead the orchestra into its exciting next chapter.

Applications should include a covering letter, outlining your vision for the future of the orchestra, your CV and details of at least two professional references. If preferred, Sinfonia Viva can also accept applications using video or audio in place of a covering letter.

Derby College Celebrates Students’ Success

More than 450 A Level students at Derby College Group (DCG) are receiving their results by email this morning (Tuesday August 10).

Whilst students are asked to celebrate their results at home with their family and friends, staff are on hand in person at the Joseph Wright Centre to support any students who need help with issues such as clearing and appeals.

Assemble: Derby’s Festival of Making

Assemble: Derby’s Festival of Making is an annual gathering that celebrates makers of all shapes and sizes at the Museum of Making on what is widely regarded as the site of the world’s first factory.

Discover the creations of makers, engineers, tinkerers, crafters, hobbyists and more, and have a go yourself with all sorts of fun, hands-on activities for makers of all ages. Try weaving, coding, origami, jewellery-making, clay-modelling, woodworking, electronics, sewing, puppetry, building, printing, robotics and more…

St John Street Gallery - The cat is out the bag!

After the team at St John Street Gallery have managed to survive the past year, they had to reconsider their business goals and the way forward. And so, they are turning over a new leaf: a new name, new logo, a new colour theme and sign outside!

St John Street Gallery's new website and social media pages will be up and running soon.

Straight Curves: Summer in the loop

Why not get together with some friends and book on to one of Straight Curves weekend workshops or come along solo and make some new friends!

Straight Curves' 16 week CAL is now completed and the team are offering a printed A4 or A5 pattern booklet and wool as a kit available to order and collect now.

The kits still include support via social media and email but it is not a taught course. Please specify A5 or A5 booklet when ordering.

Hubbub: Summer Newsletter

Hubbub are really pleased to announce that they have made a full return to in person activity at their base in Deda!

Summer Term Residencies 

This term, Hubbub had 2 fantastic residencies with artists Daniel Longhurst and Omar Khan.

'History of the Barn' Dronfield Hall Barn Tour Guide | Beginning Tuesday 3rd August

Remember when the Barn looked like this? Beginning on Tuesday 3rd August, and taking place on every Wednesday that month (10th, 17th, 24th) from 1pm-1:45pm, you can join us for a tour of the Barn and learn about the characters and people from the building's 600 years of history.

Tickets are priced at £2 for members, and £4 for non-members, and can be purchased from our website, or just turn up on the day.

On this week at Dronfield Hall Barn...

'Wildflowers and Landscapes of the Peak District'


Wednesday 4th August, 7:30pm | £4 (£2 for Friends of the Barn)

Naturalist Jim Russell joins us to give our first Dronfield Wildlife & Natural History Group talk of the year.

The Hannells Darley Park Weekender programme is revealed

The countdown has started to The Hannells Darley Park Weekender from Friday 27 August to Sunday 29 August. Get your deck chairs, picnic blankets and refreshments ready for the party of a lifetime, two great film showings and the uplifting classical experience of the grand finale – The Hannells Darley Park Concert.

Artcore August 2021 Newsletter

Artcore has been keeping busy with loads of exciting events happening throughout the season so we can all keep creative over the summer break. The team is looking forward to August and all the summer endeavours they are about to take. Join the gallery this August and get creating!

August Programme Overview

Surtal Arts cordially invites you to a special dance performance

Derby: Our City of Making, is an exciting site-specific dance production by Surtal Arts, commissioned by Junction Arts, that celebrates Derby as a 'city of making'.

Influenced by Derby's rich engineering and cultural heritage, this special dance installation brings together two of the city's oldest diverse communities, Indian and Ukrainian, in a site-specific dance powered by fusion choreography at the Museum of Making.

A swashbuckling day of family fun!

Join the crew from Furthest from the Sea for a FREE Bank Holiday festival taking place on Monday 30th August 2021 Cathedral Green from 10am-4pm!

Enjoy the festival on a riverside location, next to the fantastic Museum of Making in Derby. Bring a picnic, buy an ice cream, and get involved with a range of craft and workshop activities – or sit back as you’re entertained by musicians, dancers and more.

Join Baker Consultants' Andrew Baker at the 2021 Farm Business Innovation Show

Andrew Baker, Managing Director at Baker Consultants, will be giving a presentation on Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) at the 2021 Farm Business Innovation Show in November 2021.

The Environment Bill now stands states that it is a requirement for most types of development to secure a measurable 10% gain in biodiversity. The biodiversity value of the land upon which the development is sited will be measured prior to development; developers will need to show post-development that biodiversity loss is fully compensated plus a 10% net gain.

Calling All Designer-Makers from the East Midlands Region!

The Hub cordially invite you to propose work for sale in their Christmas selling show, Crafted: East Midlands, the first to be taking place in their brand-new Ground Floor Gallery at their beautifully refurbished building.

The show will be running at the Hub from 4th December 2021 to 9th January 2022; a peak time of year for sales. You must be based within the East-Midlands to apply.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 13th August.

Call out for submissions to the Wirksworth Festival online art prize

The Wirksworth Festival Online Art Prize is your chance to reach a wide audience for your work, sell to the Festival’s online visitors and be in with the chance of winning one of six prizes. The winner will also be invited to exhibit for free at next year’s Art & Architecture Trail.

The deadline for all entries is 10pm on Monday 9 August.


Celebrating the Makers of Derbyshire: Curiousa & Curiousa feature in Derby's Museum of Making's dedicated events space

A row of Classic Bowl Pendant Lighting hangs above the bar area in the Museum of Making’s dedicated events space.  Pictured here in Teal and Blush

If you pay a visit to Derby Museums’ Museum of Making, situated in the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site, you might spot some bespoke lighting made by Curiousa & Curiousa in the Museum’s dedicated events space, the Italian Mill.

Spread the word – Beer, laughs and thrills at Derby Market Place

Stand-up comedy and an evening of thrilling travelling tales from a climber are just some of the many events in store for audiences at the new Derby Loves You temporary venue at Derby Market Place.

Comedian Mike McClean and traveller Andy Kirkpatrick are on the bill for October & November, adding to the eclectic range of entertainment on offer throughout the summer and into the autumn, which includes Jazz, Classical and Folk music, theatre, markets, festivals, comedy, and quizzes.