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The latest news from producers, makers, venues and events organisers from around Derby and Derbyshire. If you have news to add to this page, then email us to let us know about it:

Training Programme Launch Supports Local SME Growth

A programme to support the training and development of employees at local small and medium sized businesses has been launched, thanks to funding from the European Social Fund.

Funding is available to pay for individuals to complete ILM and Team Leading qualifications at Derby College Group (DCG) which are designed to upskill employees in leadership and management that supports business growth, productivity and competitive edge.

Portrait exhibition hopes to reunite paintings with the people featured in them

The family of artist Don Yarrington have curated an exhibition of their father’s work with a difference which is open to the public at West Studios, on the Chesterfield College campus, over the next few weeks. The exhibition of the local artist’s portraits isn’t designed to sell the late artist’s work, but rather to reunite the portraits with their sitters. Don created these portraits of art students when he was the Head of Fine Art and later Acting Principal of Chesterfield College of Art in the 1970s and 80s. 

Guided Walks Unlock Historic Tales of Derby Ram Trail Backdrop

Free guided heritage and ghost walks have been organised around the city centre as part of the activity programme to coincide with the popular Derby Ram Trail this summer.

Derby Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), in partnership with Derby Museums, have organised the guided walks to showcase the areas’ hidden treasures which are the historic backdrop to the Derby Ram Trail as well as the ghostly stories linked to the landmark buildings and events.

Erewash Writers Open Short Story Competition 2021

The annual Erewash Writers Competition is back, and this year we're delighted to announce that Helen Baggott is our judge!

We provide free entry competitions throughout the year but once a year we ask a fee of £3 per entry, £5 for two. The closing date for entries is Thursday 22nd July 2021.

There are 6 prizes to be awarded this year. The prizes are £100, £70 and £30, plus two highly commended receive free entry for next year!

Writing for Wellbeing Workshop

Leonie Martin’s latest Online Writing for Wellbeing workshop will be on the theme of WONDERING, and will take place on Saturday 3rd July 11:00-13:00.

The workshop includes writing activities and an opportunity to share your work and listen to others within a safe and relaxing ‘virtual’ space. No previous experience of creative writing is required.

Access to Zoom is neccessary. Early booking is advised. Please contact Leonie on with any queries.

Dandelion: An Exhibition by Ed Burkes

We are delighted to invite you to view of Ed Burkes’ solo exhibition, which is now touring to London's Mall Galleries. 

Exhibition: 6 to 11 July 2021
Location: Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1

Dandelion is an exhibition of work created by Ed, the eighth winner of the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award, in response to the people, culture, heritage and landscape of Derbyshire.

HUUB and Jason Kenny - It doesn't get any faster!

The HUUB family of speed continues to grow, with the latest inductee to racing faster being none other than six-time Olympic gold medallist Jason Kenny. It is with great pride that, HUUB welcomes Jason to their family of athletes of all abilities overall disciplines. 

Furthest from the Sea at Belper Fringe July 3rd and 4th 2021

>The people from the Arts Group “Furthest from the Sea” have a whole load of fringe style shows on offer for Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th July at Number 28, as part of the Belper Fringe. 

That’s right, live entertainment returns despite the extended lockdown. That thing where you watch entertainment in person performed by real people is back! 
The weekend includes:

PB Theatricals brings the Magic Back to Theatre

‘ find a mother younger than her son is very curious’

PB Theatricals youth theatre company brings magic back to the stage with Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe. After a year’s hiatus due to coronavirus, the not-for-profit youth theatre group that specialises in auditioning, rehearsing and performing shows within one week, is delighted to return to the Medway Community Centre, Bakewell for this year’s production of Iolanthe.