Artcore November Newsletter



Happy Holidays from Artcore!

As we draw ever closer to the end of 2018 with family festivities around the corner, we'd like to start our newsletter this month by inviting you all to our Christmas Party on 13th December. This will be a day of celebration to say a big thank you to all our participants, supporters, artists and all those who've helped us this year. 

We will also be launching our "Rituals and Rites" exhibition at this event. Including work by 26 local, national and international artists, this exhibition aims to explore new perspectives on how supernatural powers, mythologies and folklore are still actively part of our lives.

We will be closing Artcore from Friday 21st December and our inhouse workshops will recommence in the New Year from Monday 14th January. Until then we have plenty going on so please have a look below at our exciting upcoming workshops and events.

Wishing you all a very good Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Artcore Team



Ritual and Rites Exhibition
Exhibition Launch - 13th December - 6-8pm
Exhibition opening times- 14th December - 17th January - 9:30am - 4:30pm

Christmas Party
Thursday 13th December - 6-8pm

Art Enhancing Life – Community Art Workshops
Mondays –  3rd, 10th, 17th December 2018 – 10am-1pm
Our Stories – Creative Workshop for Migrant Communities
Tuesdays – 4th, 11th 18th December 2018 – 10am-12pm
Art Enhancing Life – Health and Wellbeing Art Workshops
Wednesdays – 5th, 12th, 19th December 2018 – 10am-12pm
Drop in Ceramic Sessions
Thursdays – 6th, 20th December 2018 – 6.30-8.30pm
£10 per hour
Art Enhancing Life – Education and Learning Workshops
Fridays – 7th, 14th December 2018 – 4:30-6:30pm

Innocence & Expression – Creative Workshops for Young People
Saturdays– 8th December 2018 – 2-4pm
To book a place on any of our events please email or call 01332 384561.



Launch, Thursday 13th December
6-8pm, Free

Artcore would like to invite you to Rituals and Rites. This exhibition aims to explore new perspectives on how supernatural powers, part of the mythologies and folklore, of multiple cultures and cosmogonies, can be used today as a tool to examine “human nature”  cross-cultural contexts as well as investigating the societal, evolutionary and psychological significance of ritual and rites process and form with regard to understanding what constitutes ‘human nature’ today. Artworks in the show examine the key categories of magico-religious belief and practice used by anthropologists (including myth, ritual, witchcraft and shamanism), as well as surveying theories regarding the continued importance of ritual and rites in a contemporary, globalised world with regard to topics such identity, shamanism, new magic and folklore.
Rituals and Rites features works by: Abbie Sunter, Antonietta Sacco, Beth Bam, Conor Hurford, Christos Gkenoudis, Elizabeth Blades, Emma Brassington, Farida Makki, Frank Abbott, Ivilina Kouneva, Jenny Bramley, Jon Mayers,  Joseph Goddard, Julie Clive, Karen Logan, Olivia Punnett, Tsogt Otgonbayar, Paul Dodgson, Ruth Calland, Sara Jayne Harris, Sarah Thomas, Sarah Victoria Spence, Szilvia Ponyiczki, Tal Regev, Tim Shore, Uriya Jurik.
Opening night : Thursday 13th December 2018, 6-8pm at Artcore, with a full programme of activities, performances, music for all to enjoy.

To book a place please visit:  or email:

Rituals and Rites is free to visit and can be seen Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm.

If you are planning a visit, please email for a tour of the exhibition.

Christmas Party
Thursday 13th December
6-8pm, Free

Come and celebrate the end of the year together at Artcore with food, festive face painting and more!

To book a place on any of our events please email or call 01332 384561.


Creative Workshops

This month we are also throwing in some festive themed workshops on the mornings of Wednesday 12th, Monday 17th, and Wednesday 19th December to get your house looking wonderful this Christmas.

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.


Opportunities at Artcore
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 Tuesdays and Thursdays afternoons.

We are also on the hunt for more delivery artists for our children's workshops! If you're an artist working with craft or digital media we'd love to hear from you.

If you're interested please let us know at

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


Institute of Reminiscence
Residency: call for submissions

Artcore in partnership with FORMAT/QUAD invites artists to apply to
Institute of Reminiscence, a two month residency that aims to investigate
relationships to memory association, repetition and reappearance, as well as
forms of “active” remembering both in a private sphere and public sphere.

We welcome applicants working with video mapping, video projection, and photography to occupy Artcore studios. 

 Extended Deadline to Apply: 9th December 2018

For full details and to apply see:



Artists Housing Prototype Show

Exhibition opening night: 6pm to 8pm, 31st January 2019.
Exhibition times and dates: Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm, 1st February 2019 to the 1st March 2019.

Works by Liam Gillick, Jasleen Kaur and Studio Morison and curated by Eastside Projects.

Artcore, in partnership with Eastside Projects, would like to invite you to Artists Housing Prototype Show at Artcore.

This exhibition includes new ideas, models and prototypes for Artists Housing.

The Artists House is to be a home, work space and public artwork in one powerful combination. Then, Artists Housing is real social housing.

For more information please visit:

To book a place please email:






Artist of the Month - Jackie Berridge



We are glad to have Jackie Berridge as Artist of the Month.
Find out more about what inspires her work and how her practice has been influenced by Philip Guston, Lubaina Hamid, Piero della Francesca’s paintings and many more...
To read Jackie Berridge's interview please visit:

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Venue Hire

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




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"On Being an Artist: reflections on an arts practice" exhibition launch



On the 15th November 2018  we launched on Being an Artist: reflections on an arts practice exhibition.
It has been a unique opportunity to present for the first time at Artcore the work of Andrew Bracey, Geoff Litherland, Jessica Harby, Kajal Nisha Patel, Tim Shore and Tracey Kershaw, individuals selected to be part of Document, a project produced by the Contemporary Visual Arts Network East Midlands.
Throughout the evening artists shared both  their individual and group experiences of working in this long term project. For two and a half years, the six East Midlands-based artists have shared their lives with each other and the public, exploring aspects of pursuing a career as an artist, from funding and career direction to self-doubt and work/life balance.

As part of this exhibition, Artcore had screened a series of short films created by award-winning filmmaker Bill Newsinger about each of the Document artists, commissioned by CVAN EM for the project. Kajal Patel underlined  how both the documentary and the exhibition have deeply explored their motivations, shining a light on their creative processes and given an insight into how they pursue their practices.
We would like to thank all those who attended the evening as well as CVAN EM for having supported the exhibition.



"This Is Derby" workshops

Throughout November and December we've been doing workshops in schools and community centres throughout Derby, teaching children new art skills and unlocking their own creativity. From mask making to printing, Word Art to concertina books there have been some amazing creations along the way and we look forward to what's to come.




Celebration of Youth

On the 2nd November we opened our doors to the children of Derby and had a day exploring carnival, music, arts and sports. We'd like to say a big thank you to Baby People, Derby County Community Trust, emccan and Music Partnership and of course of you who joined us for this "This Is Derby" event! We had a lot of fun and it was great seeing so many happy faces.





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