Artcore March Newsletter 


Hello from Artcore,

As the spring approaches, the Artcore team has prepared lots of events  and workshops to get your creativity going this March.

On 7th March, Artcore in partnership with Elizabeth Fothergill, are hosting "Artcore Art Auction 2019"  showcasing fascinating and innovative selection of artworks to raise much-needed funds to support local artists. 

On 14th March, as a part of Artcore residency programme; in partnership with Format Festival 2019 we will be opening our exhibition "Institute of Reminiscence", by artists Mariano Doronzo and Olivia Punnett. The two artists will present their most recent works on the themes of memory and nostalgia.

For more information, please read below!


 Artcore Art Auction 2019
7th March - 6pm-8pm

The Institute of Reminiscence
Opening Night - Thursday 14th March 
6pm- 8pm

Art Enhancing Life – Community Art Workshops
'Wall hanging Applique', Mondays – 4th, 11th, 25th  March 2019 – 10am-1pm

Our Stories – Creative Workshop for Migrant Communities

'Portraits', Tuesdays – 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th March – 10am-12pm

Art Enhancing Life – Health and Wellbeing Art Workshops

'Still Life' Wednesdays – 6th, 13th, 20th March 2019 – 10am-1pm

'Marbling and Collage' Wednesdays - 27th March - 10am-1pm

Art for Life
Wednesdays – 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th February 2019 – 1pm-3pm
£10 per hour


Art Enhancing Life – Education and Learning Workshops

'Planets 'Fridays –1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th March 2019 – 4:45-6:45pm

Innocence & Expression – Creative Workshops for Young People

'Street Scene' Saturday– 2nd, 16th, 30th March 2019 – 2-4pm
To book a place on any of our events please email or call 01332 384561.


Artcore Auction 2019

On the 7th March Artcore will be holding an exclusive art auction run by the prestigious art promoter and auctioneer, Charles Hanson. The auction showcases contemporary and inspiring art by local to internationally acclaimed artists. The participating artists are Tracey Kershaw, Tim Shore, Tal Regev, Nicki Dennett, Daniel Hunt, Abbie Sunter, Daksha Patel, Sumiko Eidon, Geoff Litherland, Szilvia Ponyiczki, Mariano Doronzo, Olivia Punnett, Jasleen Kaur, Tom Van der Meulen, Jackie Berridge and Conor Hurford.  Through this auction we aim to inspire ambitious collectors, to invest in unique and memorable art pieces. Proceeds for the auction will support artist residencies, exhibitions and artist development opportunities at Artcore.

 The Institute of Reminiscence - Exhibition

The Institute of Reminiscence 
Mariano Doronzo, Olivia Punnett

15th March -14th April 2018
Exhibition Opening times: Monday to Friday 9.30am-4.30pm

Opening night: Thursday 14th March 2018, 6-8pm at Artcore, 3 Charnwood Street, Derby, DE1 2GT

THIS IS DERBY - Jungle Book

This half term as part of our This Is Derby Project, Artcore joined forces with Derby Theatre, Baby People, Sinfonia Viva and the primary school children of Abbey Ward to work towards a magical Jungle Book performance.

Over three days students have been composing songs, developing sets and creating scenes for an exciting miniature performance of the "Jungle Book". Once their initial ideas have been formed, the children will be working on all aspects of the performance throughout March. They will be performing the "Jungle Book" show at Derby Theatre’s on the 8th and 9th April. We’re really proud to be working with partners and of what all of these talented children have achieved.



To find more about our upcoming workshops, click the boxes above.
To book a place on any of our events please email or call 01332 384561.
For our full workshop schedule visit the Events section on our Website.


The Institute of Reminiscence Exhibition

Artcore would like to invite you to The Institute of Reminiscence exhibition launch on the 14th March 6-8pm at Artcore.
The Institute of Reminiscence exhibition
15th March -14th April 2018
Exhibition Opening times: Monday to Friday 9.30am-4.30pm

The Exhibition explores issues that shape the future of remembering through  a new body of works produced the two artists in residence: Mariano Doronzo and Olivia Punnett.

For two months Artcore has become a think-tank to expand the boundaries of public debate about tracing the transformation of memory archives from physical to digital information
and the corresponding evolution of public and personal remembering.
For The Institute of Reminiscence Mariano Doronzo presents Slides on a Light Box, a project aiming to light up and preserve some of the memories on the cusp of being lost forever. Moreover Doronzo’s work documents how Derby has evolved, changed or stopped in time.

On the other side Olivia Punnett presents a body of work that responds in print, projection and sculpture to her personal interest in Time & the remembered image, emotion of loss, moving closer to a sense of feeling that is time specific, a memory, a place, a moment; Both concealment and revelation.
Don’t miss it! Reserve your place here:
As part of Artcore Residency programme there will be Mariano Doronzo and Olivia Punnett artist talk  curated by Peter Bonnell, Senior Curator at QUAD
Saturday 16 March 2019 15:30 – 17:00 at QUAD, Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AS
The event is part of Format Festival Professional Practice Talks.

To book a place:




On Thursday 28th February we hosted The Derby Visual Arts Summit with Contemporary Visual Arts Network East Midlands, University of Derby and Derby City Council.

During the morning session titled "Give Me a Place to Stand", our Executive Director Ruchita Shaikh shared Artcore’s aims and development plans giving the arts sector a stronger voice in Derby. Mike Brown, Arts Development Manager at Derby City Council, discussed Derby’s emerging Cultural Strategy where Arts and Culture will be a central driver in Derby for place-making, regeneration and civic responsibility. CVAN’s Elizabeth Hawley-Lingham explained the work they do supporting artists through project work. Dr Antoinette Burchill announced research initiative It Takes A Region To Raise An Artist. Attendees were able to share their experiences and views, network and actively engage and share the needs surrounding the arts in Derby.  

Our refreshing guest speaker Viviana Checchia, Public Engagement Curator at the CCA in Glasgow, discussed place making and public engagement in the arts, generating provoking thoughts on strategy versus tactics of artistic practice within the City and how a place can become a space for subversive acts.

We had a light lunch break in our gallery which showcased Artists Housing Prototype Show featuring Heather and Ivan Morison, Liam Gillick and Jasleen Kaur. The exhibition featured new ideas and designs to propose that an Artists House is a home, workspace and public artwork in one powerful combination.

In the afternoon Heather Morison from Studio Morison led "The Artists Housing Design Charrette", to explore what an artist’s house in Derby could be through discussion, paper folding, model making and active learning. Attendees made paper folds using techniques to materialise thinking on artist dwellings, floor plans and socially engaged housing.
It was great to see a room full of inspired change makers and host a day of creative conversations, thanks to all who joined us to make the action happen.


We Are Asteroids - Residency Call Out

Artcore invites an Expression of Interest for an artist residency.

By drawing on the concepts that have emerged from environmentalism, "We are Asteroids" residency asks artists to respond to:

-How climate change has been reflected in increasingly urgent artistic responses?
- How visual art might affect opinion on climate change?
We welcome applicants working in any discipline and with a cross-disciplinary approach to their practice, to occupy the Artcore studios for two months.
Deadline to apply:
To find out more please visit:

Artist of the Month

Mariano Doronzo 

Olivia Punnett

Our Artist of the Month happens to be two artists this month! Mariano Doronzo and Olivia Punnett are the artists from our recent residency "The Institute of Reminiscence". 

For Mariano's Interview :

For Olivia's Interview:



Arise and Thrive - Open Day Event

On Tuesday 19th February we celebrated a health and wellbeing Open Day for the benefit of the local community. We welcomed people in joining us for a morning of mindfulness and creativity. It was a beautiful celebration of harmony where we opened our building for people to explore ways to refresh their spirits, especially in the busyness of the everyday.



Pam Sidhu at Learn2Rest led a mindfulness workshop where participants learnt simple mindfulness skills of relaxing and bringing our awareness into the present moment. Emerciana Desouza ran a creative storytelling workshop using poems and mixed-media to tell stories through self-expression and creativity in a relaxed space. Kim Bormann led "Motion Flow", a calming and fun movement workshop to orientate within the body highlighting the sense of relaxation, weight and delicacy, using dynamic energy.



We were joined by the Yoga Centre for information on their services and enjoyed a delicious light lunch of healthy food shared together. Thank you to everyone who joined us to renew and revitalise our wellbeing together.

Family Funday - Open Days

Over the two days in half term, families were invited to Artcore to take part in creative activities run by the artist Bob Moulder. This is part of Artcore’s work in bringing together communities and families to participate in activities, creating stronger bonds and greater education and learning through art.

The first day was a hustle and bustle of people, where we focused on mask making. Children enthusiastically decorated their masks adding different colours and patterns whilst working together with their families. The children really enjoyed making masks and were excited to meet lots of new people and also experienced the "Artists Housing Prototype Show" in the gallery.

The second day explored  creating 3D word art using different materials. Children and parents worked together to design what their word art would look like. Our artist supported the families to make their unique and imaginative works. The children really enjoyed doing something creative and thought it was really fun to create something 3D.


Artcore Gallery Online offers a platform for both established and emerging artist.  Showcasing an extensive selection of unique artworks by the finest emerging talent, Artcore Gallery gives the opportunity to invest in an artist early in their career.  We retain the highest standards through carefully chosen artists and a rigorous selection processes, to ensure quality artworks.

Please visit our website to find out more about Artcore gallery:

If you are an artist and you would like to display your artworks on our online gallery,
please click here to register.

Click here to register now


Venue Hire

Artcore is the perfect venue for your next conference, meeting or presentation. We are located in central Derby, just off Lara Croft Way, and have comfortable and inspiring spaces, options for refreshments and catering, digital projectors and screens, internet access, and staff on site for technical support and ensuring your event runs smoothly.

For our full details visit the Venue Hire section on our Website.

Designcore is offering website and branding package for the artists at a special rate. Sell your artwork online or get a website showing your work.


 Opportunities at Artcore

Opportunities at Artcore

Job Opportunity
Senior  Manager
Artcore is looking for an enthusiastic, experienced and flexible individual as Senior Manager to join the Artcore team. The individual will support the directors, share in our vision and help achieve our mission.

Deadline to apply 1st April 2019
For more information visit:

Volunteer Opportunity
We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with marketing, events, workshops, exhibitions and more! Right now we are particularly looking for volunteers to help us with children's workshops in schools on weekdays after school.

If you're interested please let us know at

For all of our opportunities visit the Opportunities section on our Website.


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