More art in Derby

While we’re finding a new space there’s still lots going on in the city centre:

Visual arts in the City: 

FORMAT INTERNATIONAL PHOTO FESTIVAL has taken over much of the visual arts space in the city and until 23 April. I’ve not provided much detail below – just get the brochure and see for yourself! And while this list just contains the traditional visual arts venues in the city, Format will be popping up all over the place!

Anvil – Gallery  at 18 Sadler Gate, Open Tu-Sat 10:00-17:00. Currently showing resident artists Kerri Pratt, April Young plus invited artists Andrew Macara, Jackie Berridge, John Paul Cooke and Mark Gordon. During the Format festival from 24 March to 23 April, Anvil will also be showing photopolymer prints by aseveral artists affiliated to Green Door Print Studio as well as photographic meditiations by Jeff Mander and Valerie Dalling.

Arboretum Arts has an artists in residency programme based around the Orangery. Artists are of a high calibre, but their opening times are a bit fluid so do go and see, but make contact first via the website to see what’s on.

Artcore has occasional exhibitions, although mostly their work is in workshops. Have a look at the website.

Banks Mill Studios run a programme of solo exhibitions in their foyer area. The gallery spaces are open 1000-1500 Monday to Friday. The Format show which features four graduates from the University – James Finney, Jane Jackson, Lisa Nix and Emily Pearson – it will run until 21 April. In the corridor space curated by Green Door Printmaking Studios until 3 May 2017 is You’re all in here, a collection of screen prints by Steve Allen showcasing the bizarre, strange and weird characters people meet everyday. A number of creative, light hearted scenarios and images to represent the oddities of life.

Derby Quad will be the hub of the Format International Photography Festival which will be taking over the city from 24 March to 23 April

Déda is situated in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, Déda is a creative centre for Dance, Contemporary Circus and Outdoor Work – connecting locally, nationally and internationally. Del Coombs (exhibiting 3 January – 23 December) – the exhibition is a culmination of 3 years of work where artist Del Coombs exploited his obsessive tendency to create 3 pieces of work each day; just over 3,000 pieces of work were the outcome. By re-using materials, found items, and ideas, Del creates visual comments on his own life and the world around him.The exhibition will continue from January to December 2017. There will be thirteen different 4 week presentations based on his work from 2014 to 2016.

Déda’s contribution to Format is The Fireside and the Sanctuary work made by Mark Wright with the communities affected by fracking decisions in northern England.

Derby Cathedral has a gallery space below the Cathedral Centre, opposite the Cathedral itself where there’s usually an exhibition. The next exhibition will be part of Format.

Derby Museum and Art Gallery – The current exhibition in Gallery 1 is Your Photo Archive looking at the studio photographers of Derby and there will be more photography in Gallery 2 from 23rd March.  Plenty more to see including the Joseph Wright collection. 

Gallery 5 – upstairs in the Guildhall Market. Shows work by local artists – currently (19 January 2017) between shows.

London Road Community Hospital is participating in the exhibition TEN, celebrating ten years of Air Arts, art in the Derby hospital environment. The exhibition opens here on 21 March 2017.

Pickford’s House is a Georgian townhouse built by Derby architect Joseph Pickford to show off his skills. The current exhibition is John Whitehurst: Clocks and Rocks” looking at the local clockmaker and geologist, until 4 March 2017 and also engravings by Moneypenny of Derby until 11 March 2017. From 24th March there will be two exhibitions as part of Format. Incidentally, if you haven’t visited recently, the dust has been blown off the place, new rooms opened and the glass screens removed from the downstairs rooms so well worth a look. 

Silkmill Museum is in the process of development as the museum of making. No current art exhibitions, but well worth dropping in on Thursdays 1500-2100) and Saturdays (1300-1700) when they’re open not to mention sundry interesting events.

Small Print Company has moved to Friary Villas, 2-3 Friary Street, Derby, DE1 1JF – not that far from Artsmith’s old premises. The current exhibition is Chris Barker’s prints he has created over several years in various media including waterless lithography, screen printing and letterpress from 9 February to 11 March. The gallery will then host an work by Miia Autio and Farhad Berahman as part of Format 2017 ‘Habitat’ from 23 March to 24 April. That’s followed by Sarah Roach from 25 April to 27 May.

Royal Hospital Derby exhibits art aimed at increasing the wellbeing of patients and visitors. The next exhibition from 24 March 2017, TEN, celebrates ten years of exhibitions and shows work from the artists who have graced the walls over the last ten years. Printed guides to the exhibitions are available from the main reception desk.

University of Derby Markeaton Street is not quite as central as the others, but only a short walk from Banks Mill. Normally open Mon-Thu 0900-1700, 0900-1630 Fridays. Next exhibition will be the University’s contribution to Format Photo Festival from 25 March-23 April. Eighteen artists including John Tonks. Over Easter it’s open Sat 15 and Tue 18 April 1000-1600; closed Fri 14, Sun 16 and Mon 17 April.


For exciting contemporary music in Derby how about Derby Jazz while there’s Jazz at Cube sessions at Déda too.

Further afield:

We cover mainly visual in urban Derby- if that’s not enough for you then Artsbeat provides a more comprehensive coverage of the whole county.