October 2021

Further Awards Recognition For Safe and Sound

The specialist work of child exploitation charity Safe and Sound has been recognised with two further awards. 

Safe and Sound supports children and young people across Derbyshire who are victims of or at risk of child exploitation. This includes online grooming, sexual exploitation, trafficking, drugs lines, modern slavery and radicalisation.

The charity also supports the wider family and raises awareness in local communities of the dangers facing young people.

Derby Theatre hosts their second Culture Cares Conference

Following the successful launch of Culture Cares in 2018, the conference returns for 2021, both in-person at Derby Theatre and live-streamed online on Tuesday 16th November.

In the context of the current Care Review (England), this is the second conference of its kind, bringing the cultural and care sectors together for insightful and lively conversations, presentations and workshops.

Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance: Practitioner support

                                Image credit: Illustrations by Robin Lane-Roberts for Kazzum Arts

We know from our members that the people delivering culture and creativity for health and wellbeing need more help to do their work in a healthy and sustainable way.

Nicola Naismith's research 2019 report Artists Practising Well reflected a wider need across museums, heritage and freelance practice for logistical and emotional support. This has been backed up by our own sector surveys in 2020 and 2021.

New Performance Brings Diwali Story To Life

Surtal Arts, the long-established Derby organisation rooted in traditional South Asian arts, will premiere a new production next month (November) as part of the new Derby Season of Light festival.

Stories of Diwali: the Diwali experience will premiere at the city’s Museum of Making on Friday 5th November at 6pm as part of the Museum of Making’s new First Fridays late series.

Derbyshire Open Arts: Applications are Open!

Applications for the Derbyshire Open Arts 2022 event are now open. This will be a return to the physical format of former years. Applications are open until January 12th and the team at DOA are look forward to a successful event, with so many of our former members expressing an interest as well as a number of newcomers. 

Dronfield Hall Barn: Autumn 2021 Newsletter

We're pleased to report that the latest edition of our quarterly newsletters is now available for you to download.

This Autumn 2021 is packed full of news and features, including:

  • A photo feature on this year's busy wedding season
  • An update on the Old Dronfield Society's archive move
  • Exciting news about a new sculpture that will be at the Barn from next year
  • All the usual updates, including a summer report from the gardeners

And much more!

FORMAT News: Historic England - Leicester Artist in Residence

FORMAT is delighted to announce the appointment of Khatun as the Historic England's artist in residence in Leicester.

The residency is for Picturing England’s High Streets, a three-year project as part of the national cultural programme for Historic England’s High Street Heritage Action Zones.

Khatun will work with local people to reimagine the high street, creating a contemporary portrait of Leicester and producing images which will become part of the Historic England Archive.

Everything you can see at Chesterfield’s 1940s Market

Chesterfield’s 1940s Market returns during half term with lots of entertainers for the whole family to enjoy.

Taking place on Thursday 28 October between 10am and 4pm, visitors can enjoy 40s music, entertainment, exhibits and meet the stall holders in period dress.

Fun for the whole family at Chesterfield Christmas Lights Switch On

Residents and visitors can get into the festive spirit as Chesterfield’s annual Christmas Lights Switch On returns for 2021.

There will be a variety of entertainers performing throughout the day and a market that will allow shoppers to grab a Christmas bargain. The event takes place on Sunday 21 November from 12 noon to early evening, with the switch on happening at 4.45pm.

Events coming soon in Belper

In association with Live & Local, Belper Strutts Society proudly presents……

Hefted, by the Multi Story Theatre Company

Saturday 13th November 2021 at 7.30pm | Doors open at 7.15 pm.

Makers Assemble as Derby’s Making Festival returns

                                      Image: Making workshops at Assemble [c] Derby Museums

On Saturday 23 October, the Museum of Making opens its doors to celebrate makers and all things making with Assemble, Derby’s Making Festival. 

Supreme Champion & Golden Forks announced at Fine Food Show North

The 2021 Supreme Champion and 16 Golden Forks were announced last night at Fine Food Show North.

Guests at Sunday evening's awards ceremony enjoyed canapés incorporating several of this year's Great Taste award-winning products, live jazz and the chance to taste many of the nominees and eventual winners of this year's Golden Forks.

Glossop Book Fest: Promotion for authors and illustrators

Glossop Book Fest has added a page to their website to share author and illustrators' videos.

This new page was created to give authors and illustrators a platform to talk about their work, in their own words!

If you're interested in being feature on the Author & Illustrators videos page, please submit a short video to the email address mentioned below. Your video could take the form of an intro into some of your work, or even an interview.

Timms Solicitors Support Carousel-Inspired Arts Trail

Timms Solicitors, which has offices in Burton, Swadlincote, Ashby and Derby have pledged support for the next innovative Burton arts trail which will come to the town centre next summer.

Following on from the success of Burton Swans in 2020, The Big Burton Carousel will feature 30 recycled and reformed plastic sculptures of galloping horses.

Burton Dad Tackles Derby 10k To Celebrate Weight Loss and Family Support

A Burton father-of-three is entering his first organised running event this weekend to mark a milestone in his weight loss and fitness journey.

Mark Judson (35) has shed nearly three stone since January 2021 – combining health eating with running – and is hoping to raise more than £400 for a local charity by entering the Derby 10k this Sunday.

Buxton International Festival: Join us for an Autumnal Weekend Warmer

Join Buxton International Festival this weekend for an autumnal mini festival full of music and words, on Friday 15th October.

Buxton International Festival welcomes gothic novelist Rhiannon (Sarah) Ward, tech entrepreneur Azeem Azhar, politician Peter Hain, and Harewood Artists from English National Opera to Buxton.

Saturday's varied programme features acclaimed pianist Martin Roscoe, BIF’s Chamber Ensemble: the Corran Quartet, broadcaster Paul Mason, memoirist Meriel Schindler and jazz sensations The XPQ (Xenopoulos, Price) Quartet.

Zoo Partnership Enhances Students’ Practical Skills

Foundation degree Animal Management students at Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall are now able to gain valuable work experience thanks to a new collaborative partnership between the College and Drayton Manor Zoo.

FdSc Animal Management (Zoo and Wildlife) students will work on a range of different sections at the zoo near Tamworth which is a 15 acre open plan site with more than 100 different species from all over the world including endangered species.

North East Derbyshire District Council survey for a Creative Hub

The North East Derbyshire District Council (NEDDC), who are currently working on a Town Deal for Clay Cross, hold £24.1m which has been approved in principal by the Government for a number of projects aimed at regenerating the town centre.

One of these projects is the development of a Creative Hub. This would provide community activities and events, and also potentially workspace for creative entrepreneurs, freelancers and cultural organisations.

Dementia Adventure: Managing Risk & Reaping Rewards Event

This managing risk training session with Dementia Adventure will inspire you to incorporate calculated risk when planning for future outdoor experiences while understanding the benefits that can be achieved.

The training will lead you through the ‘Six Steps to Success’ approach, which you can adapt for your environment. This training supports your reasoning, planning, implementing and sustaining of activities and adventures for people living with dementia.

Additional tickets released for Christmas at Chatsworth

As we are increasingly confident that new Covid restrictions will not be necessary in 2021, we are pleased to announce that we have released a limited number of additional tickets for Christmas at Chatsworth. These tickets are available now!

Join us as we celebrate 20 magical years of Christmas at Chatsworth this festive season.

Please note that we are unable to alter existing bookings.

Junction Arts: Book your lantern workshop!

Come along and create your very own willow and tissue paper lantern for this years Bolsover Lantern Parade.

This year we are operating a booking system to ensure social distancing and a safe number of people at workshops. There is a morning and afternoon session, we recommend that people book no more than two sessions to allow others opportunity.


Young Chesterfield musicians' grants

Young people, schools or other organisations in Chesterfield are able to apply for grants to help them continue and develop their music making

Thanks to a bequest from a local resident, Derbyshire County Council is offering individual grants of up to £500 for those aged 5 to 18, and grants of up to £2,000 for schools and other organisations operating in Chesterfield.

Hubbub's Autumn Gathering

Hubbub are celebrating their actors, participants and community being back together by hosting an Autumn Gathering, and they would love for you to join us! 

The event is taking place at Deda, Chapel Street, Derby, DE1 3GU on Friday 22nd October between 1.30pm and 7pm.

There will be:

Art Share and ArtStand unite for Autumn Community Art Sharing, Exhibition and Art Sale

The weekend of 16th & 17th October sees the welcome return of the Autumn Community Art Sharing presented by Art Share Crich at The Glebe Field Centre. 

Alongside this there will be for the second year running an Exhibition and Art sale by artists in the ArtStand collective. 

The two groups were so pleased with the success of their joint event last October, that they have decided to do it all over  again  this year but this time even bigger! 

The Ram Trail lives on!

                              Mondriram outside Vaillant’s Customer Experience Centre, Belper © Vaillant

Following the huge success of the Derby Ram Trail this summer, Derby Museums - the trail’s principal organiser - is pleased to share news about 15 of the rams, which have remained in the public realm for people to enjoy. 

Get ready for the big Christmas lights switch on

Festive Derby comes back to light next month with the return of a live stage show at a new city centre location to mark the official Christmas lights switch on.

This year, all the action will happen on a bespoke stage outside the Council House in Corporation Street on Saturday 13th November, due to the ongoing programme at the Derby Loves You venue at Derby Market Place.

Derby’s Parks have been awarded Green Flag status

                                                   Pictured above: Darley Park Welcome Boards

Six of Derby’s city parks have been recognised as being among the best in the world by the Green Flag Award Scheme. The parks achieving this international quality mark status are, Derby Arboretum, Alvaston, Chaddesden, Darley, Sunnydale and Markeaton Park. As the scheme marks its Silver Jubilee, Derby’s Parks are part of the 2,127 celebrating success today.

OMEETO Secures New Ilkeston Base For National Charity

From left to right: Chris Wright and Eric Thwaites

Commercial property consultants OMEETO have secured the lease on an Ilkeston town centre property to enable a national charity to forge ahead with its expansion plans and support more people impacted by suicide.

OMEETO acted on behalf of property landlords Ilkeston Joinery to finalise the lease on the single storey offices on the corner of New Lawn Road and Wharncliffe Road which will be the new national office for Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide.

Secret Santa Call Out Brings Christmas Cheer To Local Families

Revive Healthy Living Centre in Chaddesden has launched its ninth annual Secret Santa campaign to match generous benefactors with some of the most under-privileged and vulnerable children in the city.

Last year more than 247 Secret Santa parcels were delivered to local children living in poverty, facing a terminal or life limiting illness, who have lost a parent or sibling who have experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse or are residing in care.

DCG Hailed As UK’s First College of Character

Derby College Group (DCG) has become the first in the UK to achieve the College of Character kitemark – recognising the organisation’s commitment to developing well-rounded and work ready citizens.

The internationally-recognised quality mark was awarded following a visit to the College by by assessors from the Association for Character Education, chair Gary Lewis and Rachael Fraser, headteacher of Woodbrook Vale School in Loughborough.

UK City of Culture 2025 longlist revealed

Eight places have been longlisted for the prestigious UK City of Culture 2025 title. The winner will be announced next year and will be at the centre of the UK’s cultural spotlight in 2025.

Eight areas longlisted for UK City of Culture 2025 were today unveiled by Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries.

For the first time, each longlisted bidder will receive £40,000 to develop a full application and the winner will be announced next year and will be at the centre of the UK’s cultural spotlight in 2025.

Haarlem Artspace launches Go Fund Me campaign to support gallery opening

Haarlem Artspace has launched a Go Fund Me campaign in which will help with the transformation of an 18th Century town assembly room into a stunning new contemporary art gallery in Wirksworth’s Red Lion Hotel.

Scheduled to open later this year, the new Haarlem Artspace Gallery is an exciting partnership with the Red Lion Hotel and The Feather Star Alehouse and aims to showcase the range and quality of contemporary art that is available in non-traditional venues. 

UK City of Culture longlist success is just the start

Derby is celebrating after making the longlist to be UK City of Culture 2025. Now the work really begins with cultural partners having until January 2022 to submit their full bid.

A record 20 cities, counties and regions expressed interest in becoming UK City of Culture 2025, and Derby is one of eight to reach the next stage. The shortlist will be revealed by the Government early next year and the winner announced in the Spring.

Breathing Life into History: Historic Tours of Derby

October 2021 sees the start of a new Historic Tour of Derby. The tour will take place on the last Saturday morning of the month, commencing on Saturday 30th October 2021. A two-mile accessible walk lasting 1 hour 30 minutes. 

The tour will leave at 11.00am prompt from outside Derby Tourist Information Centre, Riverside Chambers, Full St, Derby DE1 3AF (across the road from Derby Market Place), and finish at Derby Museum & Art Gallery, The Strand, around 12.30 midday.

Sell out for Derby Folk Festival as live concerts make long awaited return

Derby Folk Festival bounced back as a weekend of live events in style on Friday 1st October.

When COVID-19 disrupted live shows, last year’s event moved online and became the well-received Derby Folk Festival at Home. But this year saw the long-awaited return to live concerts and did not disappoint, with visitors travelling from across the UK and Ireland.

World Mental Health Day

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on the 10th of October every year.

This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is 'mental health for all'. Throughout this day and week there are opportunities for people to talk about all aspects of mental health, with focus on providing help, advice and engaging with others.

Community Chesterfield Training and Tea

Having a fundraising plan is more important than ever. Keeping focused, on a clear track and even helping you to know when to give you and your colleagues a pat on the back are all outcomes of a good plan. This session will outline the key elements and set you on course to develop a robust, fit for purpose fundraising plan so you feel in control of your fundraising activities.

Funding Workshop with Foundation Derbyshire

Foundation Derbyshire is an independent charity, grant maker and philanthropy hub. Since 1996 they’ve been building an endowment fund to provide vital grant awards to voluntary and community groups across the County and City.

This online funding workshop organised by South Derbyshire CVS is 45 minute introduction to Foundation Derbyshire’s range of grant opportunities, arming you with everything you’ll need to apply successfully! This session is perfect for those new to bid writing, new to Foundation Derbyshire or those wanting a recap on how they work.

Matinée: Creativity at home

Creativity at home by Matinée combines conversation, writing, crafts, and visual arts for people living with dementia and memory loss in Derbyshire

Matinée is an invitation to people living with dementia (and their carers) to get involved in something free, creative and inspiring from the safety and comfort of their own home.

Art from Ruth Gray

Find out what Derbyshire artist, Ruth Gray, has been up to these last few weeks!

The Purple and Grey Art Group is back up and running every second Wednesday of the month except December, and the first one was nice as it allowed everyone time to sit chat, and paint after what seems to have been a long time!

New Mills Festival - Tell us what you think?

The team at New Mills Festival hope you enjoyed this years festival and they would love to know what you thought.

New Mills Festival would be grateful if you could complete this short survey. By filling in the survey, you will help the festival team to recognise what events you most enjoyed and what you’d like to see return.

Having feedback from people also helps the festival when they apply for grants, which helps to fund the event and new projects. New Mills Festival is entirely volunteer run. No personal details are collected as part of this survey.

Shine a Light on Cromford Mills!

Make sure you grab your tickets to a celebration of Derbyshire’s heritage and history as large-scale video projections illuminate the 250-year-old mill walls.

Visit Cromford Mills from the 28th-29th October 2021 to experience this spectacular projection that brings history to life through light and sound.


Blooming success for DCG’s Ilkeston Community College

The Estates team at Derby College Group (DCG) have clinched a coveted silver medal in the Erewash in Bloom awards for the third year running.

The high standards of planting and ground maintenance at DCG’s Ilkeston Community College have been recognised again in the category for business, commercial and places of worship which was jointly won by Treetops Hospice in Risley and Brooklands Court in Long Eaton.

Discover Chesterfield’s Black History at the Museum

Pictured above: Rachel Fannen, Lud Ramsey and Councillor Glenys-Falconer

Chesterfield Museum have joined forces with the Chesterfield African Caribbean Community Association (ACCA) to launch a new exhibition that will help you learn about the history and experiences of Chesterfield’s black community.

The exhibition was opened by Chesterfield’s Mayor Councillor Glenys Falconer on Friday 1st October to celebrate the start of Black History Month.

Peak Vision Arts’ November showcase at Chapel en le Frith

The November Peak Vision Arts showcase takes place in the spacious high street community venue No 89 Market Street, which offers visitors homemade treats in its café.

The weekend event, from Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th November at 10.30-16.00, offers an enjoyable experience with a wide range of original work, maybe a good opportunity to start the Christmas shopping in earnest!

Near Now Ideas Fund: Project Opportunity

The Near Now Ideas Fund can help you start a new creative project that is enabled or inspired by technology.

The NN team are offering up to £2,000 per proposal to support the important research and development (R&D) activity that is needed when a project is just getting started.

Celebrating Five Years of Meddling!

Medley's, a group for local artists and markers, Autumn and Christmas craft shows 2021 will be held at Cromford Mills and Haddon Gatehouse. This years events will mark a five-year celebration of friendship and talent.

The public will be treated to the bringing together of an assortment of ceramics, silver clay, glass, wood, painting, felting, photography and sewing.

You can visit these events on:

Exhibition by Local Nude Portrait Artist to challenge Instagram Body Perfect Culture!

Local artist, Antonia Jolley, is hosting her first solo exhibition ‘Every Body’ at The Trinity from 22nd – 24th October showcasing her incredible art which centres around all body types, and celebrates the human body in all its forms.

After graduating with a first class honours in Fine Art last year, Antonia Jolley has spent the last year painting the torso of over 120 models across the gender spectrum, to show how amazing and beautiful the human body is, in all it’s different shapes and sizes.