Bespoke Collection Box Designed For Déda

Bespoke Collection Box Designed For Déda

Regional dance house Déda has teamed up with Derby Museums to design an eye catching, and dynamic collection box, created in the workshops at the Silk Mill Museum.

This one-off piece of art has been designed to highlight Déda's charitable status and ambitions as well as to raise funds for its work across local communities. All money raised will be doubled by Arts Council England.

Designer and maker Graeme Smith, who created the collection box for Déda, explained: “The lit box with quirky hinged movements is inspired by a stained-glass window which has been preserved from the original chapel on the site.

“It is etched with silhouetted figures of participants and artists from a range of Déda activities.”

Déda Development Manager Jess Boyle explained: “The impetus for this project is to highlight to the wide range of people who visit Déda, that we are a charity so we rely on grants and public donations.

“We were keen to team up with Derby Museums, particularly with the design team at the Silk Mill, and are really pleased with the results. The collection box is stunning and our younger visitors in particular love to watch the dancers spin every time a coin is dropped in.

“It cleverly reflects both the history of our building here in Chapel Street as well as the grace and fluidity of movement - embodying our mission as a creative centre for dance, contemporary circus and outdoor work.

“As with all the money raised by the organisation, which is the only dedicated dance house in the East Midlands, donations will support our work with local schools and groups within the community.

“This work is vital to address key issues including education, health and wellbeing, and social issues with some of the hardest-to-reach groups in the city.”

Déda is located in the heart of the city’s Cathedral Quarter, on Chapel Street.

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