April 2022

Derby Museums appeals for Endowment donations to help secure its future

Image: A young visitor explores a loom on display in The Gateway at the Museum of Making © Chris Seddon Photography / Derby Museums

Derby Museums, the independent charitable trust operating three much-loved museums in Derby, is appealing to local businesses and the public to support the final push of its £1 million Endowment challenge, which will contribute to securing the future of its museums for generations to come.

Network Meeting Announced + Event Listings + More! At Glossop Creates

After a successful creative network meeting back in September 2021,  Glossop Creates has announced the date and venue for the Spring 2022 meeting - which, for the first time, will bring together the creative, food and music networks in one room.

The meeting will provide a platform for the Glossop Creates team and friends to update the community about the latest news and views from all aspects of the town’s independent and creative community, and provide a space for people and businesses to talk, collaborate and share ideas.

St George’s Day celebrations bring cheer to Derby streets

Hundreds of people turned out to celebrate St George's Day in Derby's city centre on Saturday, April 23, for the first time in person in two years since the COVID-19 outbreak began.

Derby LIVE produced the event, which was backed by the St Peter's Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) and featured a variety of acts honouring English culture and legacy in all its eccentricities.

QUAD to hold JAPAN FEST a celebration of Japanese culture in July

QUAD in Derby will hold a celebration of Japanese culture in June. Japan Fest is a brand-new event organised by Otaku World in association with QUAD. Besides performances, film, and anime, activities will include workshops, Japanese arts and crafts plus authentic handmade food and Japanese inspired drinks.

Japan Fest is open to all ages, adults, children and especially for families on a day designed to gain a deeper understanding of Japanese culture.

Performers wanted for small-scale tour of In The Mix: Remix.

Working with choreographer Hayley Earlam, In The Mix: Remix is a small-scale touring project designed for SEND and PMLD audiences. The piece is inspired by Darius Powell’s digital installation In the Mix that was shown at LEVEL Centre in early 2022.

LEVEL is looking for two performers with dance or movement experience who have a genuine interest in working with audiences with profound and multiple learning Disabilities (PMLD). Performers must be available from Monday 20 June to Sunday 10 July 2022 with possible extension to 12 July.

Peace Doves Soar at Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral has unveiled the spectacular Peace Doves art installation which will be open to the public until 12th June.

The large-scale art installation is created by renowned sculptor and artist Peter Walker and  features 8,000 paper doves suspended on ribbons above the nave, accompanied by a tranquil soundscape from composer David Harper.

Big bands back in Buxton big-time

Big band music is back big-time as the 2022 Buxton International Festival (BIF) celebrates the town’s tradition for live music and dancing.

The newly refurbished Pavilion Gardens Octagon will once again come alive to the sounds of its 1950s and ‘60s hey-days when on July 17 the BIF Dance Band plays music made famous by the big names of the day, such as Joe Loss, Victor Sylvester, Geraldo and Ted Heath.

The Crooked Spire medieval murder-mystery musical

An exciting new show which has Chesterfield’s iconic ‘crooked spire’ at its heart is coming to Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre from 19th – 21st May.

The musical has been created by Ashgate Heritage Arts, a not-for-profit theatre production company founded by Martin Coslett and Peter Gray, musicians and lyricists who live in Chesterfield and Mary Hennessy, an award-winning scriptwriter from Buxton.

Tarpey Gallery Open 2022 - Call for Submissions

Tarpey Gallery Open 2022 continues on from last years hugely successful open with online applications and a more minimal hang. Entries will be open to all artists working in the UK. Any 2d or 3d medium will be accepted.

Entries are open from the 16th May – 16th June 2022 and the exhibition will take place from 16th July – 14th August 2022.

Tarpey Gallery Open 2021 had around 200 entries and showed 101 pieces of artwork made by 71 different artists.

You can enter up to two works, £10 for one piece and £15 for two.

Youth-led theatre company seeks new performers for summer season!

Calling all performers aged 10–30! PB Theatricals Youth Theatre are looking for young actors/singers to join us for our summer 2022 performance season.

Since 2009, we have been rehearsing and performing two performances within a concentrated rehearsal period. This year our shows are Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance (for ages 16–30), and The Sorcerer (for ages 10–18).

Shewolves - a play

Shewolves is a play from Carbon Theatre.

We make neurodivergent and feminist theatre. We have a show on tour at the moment that I think could be of interest to your audiences.

Introducing Rhinoceros! A group exhibition at Haarlem Art Gallery

Introducing Rhinoceros! A group exhibition exploring themes of land, excavation, history, material & alchemy and the first in a series of new projects curated by Kristian Day and  David McLeavy.

Haarlem Gallery, Wirksworth
7th May - 5th June
Launch: Friday 6th May from 6pm

Nathaniel Faulkner
Anna Hughes
Ian Jackson
Hannah Rowan
Jessica Wetherly



14th May at St. Peter's Church, Belper

“Bob Fox has rightly occupied high office in the ranks of great North Easten singers”

                                                                                                                  John Tams

“I'm delighted to perform a remembrance / celebration concert for two good friends”

                                                                                                                     Bob Fox

Nothing, is the Last Forever - opening May 7th

Nothing, will be the last forever.

Opens Saturday May 7th
12.00 – 4.00pm. 

Further opening times : Saturday 14th, 21st and 28th

The Wireworks Project: Shinning Cliff Woods.

1331 Matlock Rd, Ambergate, Belper DE56 2EL

Parking is available – please follow signs on arrival
Closest train station Ambergate



Buxton Fringe Festival Concert

Music for Two Guitars - The Roth Guitar Duo
An eclectic mix of music from around the world, composed and arranged for two guitars. The Roth Guitar Duo explore the wide range of repertoire for two classical guitars. 
'a beautiful and diverse selection of repertoire, played by two of the UK's brightest young stars of the guitar' Craig Ogden

SPRING TIDES - An exhibition at Creative Melbourne Gallery

If you are dreaming on sun, sea and sand head for the Creative Melbourne Gallery & Studios this month and enjoy SPRING TIDES. The exhibition features work by Melbourne Festival Artists Mark Dale, Stevie Davies, Steven Mcloughlin, Thomas Petit, Patrick Twiss Prentice, Cynthia Twiss Prentice, Trish Scullin, Peter Watson and Cheryl Wilbraham - you can almost smell the salt on the air!

The exhibition opens on 27th April and will be open 10am - 4pm Wednesday - Saturday until 21st May.

The Monday Night Write

We always think there will be time to write.

We think when the washing is done. When the list to do is complete, when the kitchen table is tidy. We think we’ll then make time and space to write. But, more often than not, something ‘important’ crops up and steals our writing time away.

What if you made a commitment to your writing? What if you showed up and wrote that chapter you’ve been thinking about? What if you carved out some time in your busy week to draft the blog post that’s been burning in the back of your mind?

Issue #6 of No Jobs in the Arts launches today!

Launching today, our sixth issue supports early-career visual artists linked to Derby/shire, Nottingham/shire, Leicester/shire Artists. Issue #6 is a guide of sorts, one of patterns and prophecies, of puzzles, and pauses, guest curated by Chloe Willis.

The Dronfield Arts Festival Headliners

Fish Pie Cabaret 

Friday 29 April, Dronfield Hall Barn

Doors Open 7pm, start 7:30pm


To open the festival we have the cult cabaret show Fish Pie. It is an evening of surrealist comedy joy set on the high seas. Featuring the finest alternative acts in Yorkshire. This is show of delights for those that adore bright colourful characters, original songs, dance, puppetry and absurdist comic theatre.

Derwent Valley Tours at Strutts North Mill, Belper

We are re-running some of our very popular Derwent Valley Tours every Thursday between the 28 April and 30 June! This is a fantastic opportunity to book onto a bespoke tour of the whole world heritage site, from Derby all the way up to Matlock Bath with a private, expert guide!

there will be 12 seats available per trip – and the cost per seat is £25 per person. 
Please email info@belpernorthmill.org.uk to book your space!

Stainsby Festival 2022 ...And - We're Back

Yes that’s right, we’re back full of the joys of Spring. And, along with the flowers, the planning for this year’s Stainsby is leaping into action - well creaking anyway. Unless there’s a sudden outbreak of new Greek letters (Omega, anyone?), this year’s Stainsby Festival is from the 15th-17th July. Here we are in April and it’s looking good.

Venue Hire at Spring Bank Arts in New Mills

You can use our website to book rooms for your own even from business meetings through art classes, exhibitions or maybe live performances of your own. We have 2 rooms to accommodate smaller and larger groups. See our venue hire are for more information. 


Anniversary Concert Showcases Unique Talents Of Region’s Own Professional Orchestra

Derby-based Sinfonia Viva, the East Midlands’ professional Orchestra, will officially celebrate their 40th anniversary with a glittering concert at Derby Cathedral on Wednesday May 4.

The diverse programme will feature newly-commissioned work, seasoned favourites with audiences throughout the past four decades and highlight Sinfonia Viva’s continued commitment to inclusion.

Downton Abbey Fundraiser for Ukraine at The Ritz in Belper

Downton Abbey: A New Era
Sunday 1st May 5.00

We are devastated by the news of the war in Europe and our hearts are with those trapped by, or fleeing from needless conflict. All profits form this show will go towards the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. This includes all profit from ticket sales and bar receipts. To show your support and help those in need, all you have to do is come along and enjoy DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA – and maybe pick up a snack or drink – it’s all for a good cause.

Would you like a studio at Haarlem Artspace?

As well as having the opportunity to work with like-minded creatives, studio holders at Haarlem work in a Grade 2* renovated English Heritage mill building of historical importance. Studios are warm and bright, and there is an exciting programme of contemporary exhibitions and events.

Do It Yourself? An intriguing history of DIY opens at Derby Museum

From DIY TV programmes to current trends and ‘hacks’ on social media, this hands-on exhibition showcases DIY through the decades, reflecting the changing attitudes to our homes and encouraging a new generation of DIY-ers. It showcases objects associated with DIY and explores how DIY is changing as we learn more about the importance of sustainability and healthy living spaces and materials.

You’re invited to share your own DIY disasters on our ‘Bodge-ometer’ and make a medal for your home improvement heroes! 

BIG The Musical - be careful what you wish for .. New Mills Art Theatre 11-14 May

Musical based on the famous 1988 film starring Tom Hanks is coming to New Mills Art Theatre. Josh Baskin, a 12-year-old boy, makes a wish into a mysterious ‘Zoltar Speaks’ machine at a carnival. Josh wakes up next morning to find he is no longer a boy but a man! Then, with help from his best friend Billy, he tries to cope with his newfound adulthood, whilst searching for the machine so that he can wish himself back - and more. BIG is a funny, heart-warming musical, a show for all the family. Is being BIG all it’s cracked up to be? If you had one wish, what would it be?

Derby Children’s Picture Book Award 2022 winner announced

The winner of Derby Book Festival’s fourth Derby Children’s Picture Book Award is announced today (8 April).  The winning book, from a shortlist of three, is The Tale of the Whale by Karen Swann and Padmacandra (Scallywag Press) in a very close contest.   The children, in Years 2&3 at 45 Derby schools, voted for their favourite book on Voting Day, 6 April having read the three shortlisted books in their classes.  The book has a strong message about plastic pollution and its impact on the natural world.  

DCG Contribution To The Queen’s Green Canopy Takes Root

The first phase of Derby College Group’s contribution to the nationwide tree planting initiative to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has been launched.

DCG is planning to plant 1,000 trees over the next five years to create a new woodland entitled Little Park Wood at Broomfield Hall land-based college in Morley.

DCG Students Complete Coveted Course To Inspire Next Generation Of Filmmakers

Film Studies students based at Derby College Group’s Joseph Wright Centre have presented their original work which they have created as part of the BFI Film Academy course at a gala screening at Derby’s QUAD.

The group of 12 students were accepted on the prestigious course which has been run by QUAD alongside their level 3 College study programme.

Rag Week Total

A Level and GCSE plus students and staff at Derby College Group’s Joseph Wright Centre have raised £884 which has been split between Cancer Research UK and Derbyshire MIND.

Future Plumbers Gain First Hand Experience Of Tooling Capabilities

A market leading manufacturer has teamed up with Derby College Group (DCG) to help train the next generation of plumbers.

German-owned Rothenberger has donated tools worth more than £2,500 to DCG’s Plumbing department and regional sales manager Anthony Haynes recently visited the College to demonstrate a wide range of equipment to full time students and apprentices.

NHS and Further Education Collaboration Embeds Future Talent Pipeline

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust has partnered with Derby College Group to support the Trust’s administration and clerical workforce development plans.

Under the new collaboration, Derby College Group has firstly launched a short course for adults wanting to apply for Administration and Clerical roles at the Trust.

Call out for makers for ‘Assemble: Derby’s Making Festival’

This week Derby Museums have launched our call out for makers for ‘Assemble: Derby’s Making Festival’ returning to the Museum of Making on Saturday 22nd October.  

Produced by Derby Museums, Assemble is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, which aims to celebrate making in all its shapes and forms. Bringing together artists and makers from varied disciplines to share their passion and skills with the public and to encourage others to have a go at making themselves. 

FORMAT22 Presents: New Exhibitions across QUAD Galleries 19 March - 3 July

FORMAT22 Presents includes six new exhibitions as part of FORMAT International Photography Festival’s off year programme. Established in 2004, FORMAT is the UK’s leading international contemporary festival of photography and related media. It organises a year-round programme of international commissions, open calls, residencies, conferences and collaborations in the UK and Internationally and welcomes over 200,000 visitors from all over the world to its biennale editions.

The Cultural Evolution: Identity, Performance and Fashion

New festival promises a Grand Day Out


Crich Tramway Village, Derbyshire

New festival promises a Grand Day Out in an English best-kept-secret tourist spot – with The Charlatans, The Cribs and This Is The Kit, alongside hand-picked new artists and -- vintage trams!

New artists represent a blossoming new midlands music scene in Nottingham, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire

Folktale Evenings in Glossop

Do you like folktales? If you do there is a folktales evening happening in Glossop.


Traditional Peak District tales - and their counterparts in our culture and others

presented by Dr Kathryn Starnes and Dr Mark P. Henderson

at Howardtown Brewery

Thursday 21st April and Thursday 12th May

7.30-9.30 pm

Songs Of The Isles Concert In Chesterfield

Chesterfield Co-operative Choral Society are performing a brand-new arrangement of folksongs to celebrate Her Majesty’s Jubilee Year at a concert on Saturday 11th June 2022 at 7.30pm at St Thomas’ Church (Brampton – Chesterfield – S40 3AW).  

Black Ballet at Derby Theatre

Black Ballet will be at Derby Theatre, for one night only on the 26th April and standard tickets are available from £20.00 and tickets for under 26s are £16.50. 

Derbyshire company student helping blind people with everyday tasks

Derbyshire company student praises the power of volunteering after signing up to global app helping the blind

A chemicals company student from Derbyshire has paid tribute to the power of volunteering after giving up her time to help blind or partially sighted people complete everyday tasks.

Laura Barrie, 20, a placement student at Lubrizol – based in Hazelwood near Belper – is one of millions of people worldwide who have signed up to ‘Be My Eyes’.


Here is a list of vacancies and opportunities available in Derbyshire:

  • BEAM seeks diverse artist network coordinator

Are you passionate about making the arts more diverse and more accessible to diverse audiences?

We are seeking to appoint a Diverse Artist Network Co-ordinator to kickstart a new project focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.

Call for Events: New Mills Festival 2022

The New Mills Festival's two week town celebration is starting to come together. We're now asking for event organisers to let us know their wonderful plans for this year so we can pull together an amazing programme for everyone to look forward to.


Melbourne Festival Art and Architecture Trail is calling for Artists this 17th and 18th of September 2022.

The closing date is 10 April 2o22.

To apply, email 6-8 images of your current work (jpg max 250kb each) with CV, Artist Statement and FULL contact details to artists-melbournefestival@outlook.com.

All artists will be contacted by 31 May 2022.

A fee of 80 pounds will be due by 30 June 2022.

Art Trail will take place on 17th and 18th September 2022.

High Peaks CVS are hosting two online funding workshops at the beginning of April

High Peak CVS Funding Workshop with The Thomas Wall Foundation 5th April 10.30 -11.30 - Sarah Banks the grant administrator for the Thomas Wall Trust will join us to provide information about who they are looking to fund. The Thomas Wall Trust makes grants to both charities and individuals. The focus of their grant giving is on helping people move towards and into employment.

2 DAYS LEFT VAA Professional Artist Award 2022

Last Chance to Apply!

The deadline for our VAA Professional Artist Award is fast approaching. You only have TWO DAYS left to apply. Avoid disappointment and be in with your chance to win a prize fund of £5000, APPLY TODAY!

Award-Winning author, Berlie Doherty launches a new book!

Berlie Doherty is the author of the best-selling novel, Street Child, and over 60 more books for children, teenagers and adults, and has written many plays for radio, theatre and television. She has won many awards, including the Carnegie medal for both Granny Was a Buffer Girl and Dear Nobody, and the Writers’ Guild Award for both Daughter of the Sea and the theatre version of Dear Nobody.

The Next gig at Spital Arts: The excellent Rare Occasion!


Together they will deliver traditional and contemporary songs with harmonies, many a good chorus, and some beautiful instrumental pieces.

St. Leonard's Church
Hartington Road/ Valley Road
S41 0HE

DATE: 23 April 2022


Doors open at 7pm

Epictronic presents MOVMENT: An Irish Alternative Rock band

Irish Alternative Rock band MOVMENT has signed with Epictronic a deal for their album "Transformation", which is due for release on May the 20th, 2022.

Movment Signing Statement: "We are pleased to announce that MOVMENT have signed a record deal for the album Transformation with the Italian label Epictronic. We are delighted to work with the excellent label Epictronic who will release Transformation worldwide. It will give many more people the occasion to listen to the album Transformation, which we are very proud to have written and recorded."

Announcing The Winners FORMAT 22 Portfolio Review Awards

The FORMAT team would like to thank everyone who took part in this year's international portfolio review for making it fun, informative and a great forum to see new and exciting photography.

Over two days the FORMAT online reviews were attended by participants from over 40 countries and our 54 industry reviewers collectively conducted 600+ reviews with 119 artists.

Epictronic Presents FLUO SOBRE

French eclectic artist FLUO SOBRE has signed with Epictronic a deal for the release of the EP "Red", wich will be out on April 29th, 2022.
The Red EP is the first in a two-part series; the Blue EP will follow.. More info coming soon.

City Arts seeks artists for an arts and science commission

City Arts is looking to select an artist or arts collective to produce a creative body of work in response to research conducted by the Biodiscovery Institute (BDI). The commission is for a fixed fee of £4,000 (inclusive of VAT).

The artist will be asked to explore science themes through public engagement and with staff at the BDI.

We imagine that the artist will run initial public engagement sessions to support this process. You must be confident that you can deliver the project within a time period from May – August 2022.




At Sinfonia Viva, they run a friendly community choir called Sing Viva and would love to encourage more people from the area to come along and give it a go.

A free opporuntiy to sing a range of uplifting songs as part of an enthusiastic and supportive group. Join us for a friendly chat, tea and cake, no previous choral experience required!

DCG Students Complete Coveted Course To Inspire Next Generation Of Filmmakers

The group of 12 students were accepted on the prestigious course which has been run by QUAD alongside their level 3 College study programme.

Designed to better prepare them for their future careers, the course enables students to work with industry professionals in a series of evening and weekend masterclasses to develop their practical knowledge and skills across all roles in the film industry.

DCG Team Manager Sally Archer explained: “This has been an incredible opportunity for our students and we are delighted with the quality of their work.

Best-selling children’s authors to headline Derby Book Festival

Three of the country’s best-loved children’s authors will feature in the seventh Derby Book Festival
with events at Derby Theatre during the schools’ half term. Lauren Child will reveal her latest book,
Clarice Bean: Scram! on Monday 30 May at 2pm, David Baddiel will discuss his latest, The Boy Who
Got Accidentally Famous on Tuesday 31 May at 2pm and Jacqueline Wilson will talk about her latest
book, The Magic Faraway Tree: A New Adventure on Wednesday 1 June at 2pm. Tickets go on sale

The Fringe enjoys a taste of spring!

Buxton Festival Fringe

Buxton Festival Fringe was joined by performers and supporters for its spring-themed party at the Green Man Gallery on Saturday March 19th. Picture shows from left to right, Springboard performers: Sarah Owens and Ian Bevan of music group Four Tell, singer Chris Milner - Journeyman, Beat poet Ray Globe of the Glummer Twins, Fringe Chair Stephen Walker and Four Tell's Ian Bowns.

To mark British Science Week, girls urged to consider picking STEM careers by Derbyshire chemicals company

A Derbyshire chemicals company has been helping girls get stuck into science with the aim of boosting numbers of women working in the sector.


Dr Trish Kilsby, a chemist who works at Lubrizol - an additives company with a UK headquarters in Hazelwood near Belper - said while attitudes to women in science have undoubtedly improved over the years, there is still a long way to go to achieve equal representation.