More art in Derby

Visual arts in the City: 


The festival has packed its bags in many venues, but there’s still time to catch what you might have missed at:

Déda – until 6 May
Derby Museum – until 11 June
Quad – until 11 June

Don’t miss this Saturday 27 May for one day only at the Silkmill – The Hub is being taken over by the Museum and Art Gallery –  objects that have travelled across the world. Hold some of the objects will be revealed for the first time in decades. Hear about a new coproduced gallery that is emerging at the Museum and Art Gallery. Get involved in some activity to help shape the early stages of the project or just enjoy being part of something special.

New Temporary Venue
Second year University of Derby Fine Art students will be exhibiting their work, titled Archive 32 to the public from 21st-28th May at The Boulevard, Derby Riverlights. For the 99% of you who will be baffled by the location, it’s the path up the back of the bus station to the river!

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.

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.  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. From 1 May Chris Barker from The Smallprint Company will be showcasing his work in this new solo exhibition and has collated a selection of his printed works created over the last 20 years. To guarantee entry it is recommended to ring ahead of your visit by calling 01332 597866

Derby Quad will have their part of the Habitat exhibition until 11 June.

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. From 11 May until 29 July the gallery features work by Kate Smith, the award-winning children’s illustrator and Andrew Macara, a Derbyshire painter with an international reputation.

Also showing is Del Coombs’s 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 runs from January to December 2017. There will be thirteen different 4 week presentations based on his work from 2014 to 2016. 

Derby Cathedral has a gallery space below the Cathedral Centre, opposite the Cathedral itself where there’s usually an exhibition. Not sure what’s on after Format – but if you’re around at 1300-1345 on Wednesdays 12 May to 14 July you can catch the lunchtime concerts.

Derby Museum and Art Gallery – 

Music of Courtly India is the headline exhibition in Gallery 1 from 6 May until 15 June 2017. It says here: “in the courts of 17th century India painting, poetry and music were entwined. The exhibition comprises Ragamala paintings and a musical instrument called a sarinda from the collections of the British Museum. Alongside the exhibition will be the chance for you to make music, tell stories and explore objects from our own collections.”

In Gallery 2 is People Place Things drawn from the work of local commercial photographer WW Winter & Co until 11 June. 

The current interventions in partnership with Artcore’s Art Attachments residency programme is work by Tracey Meek and Sonia Barrett. Tracey has crafted a striking display of over 50 porcelain Penguins that can be seen placed interventionally across the museum. Her art is a reflection of the significance of climate change on Adélie penguins. Sonia has created a provocative installation of sculpture, food and painted text which draws on her reflections on Derby, its communities and its Enlightenment heritage. Her work is a response to contemporary stereotypes which have their origins in Linnaeus’s 17th-century classifications. Until 14 May 2017.

Plenty more to see including the Joseph Wright collection.

Gallery 5 – upstairs in the Guildhall Market. Shows work by local artists – currently there’s an exhibition but at the time of our visit (20 April 2017) it was locked up.

London Road Community Hospital is participating in the exhibition TEN, celebrating ten years of Air Arts, art in the Derby hospital environment.

Pickford’s House is a Georgian townhouse built by Derby architect Joseph Pickford to show off his skills. Two exhibitions being installed – Derbyshire in Revolt: The Pentrich Rising 200 Years On commemorates am attempt at revolution that quickly came to a stickly end. In contrast There is nothing you can see that is not a flower, there is nothing you can think that is not the moon is a display of Japanese art from the collection featuring works by Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige. The traditional symbolic imagery in kachoga (bird and flower painting) reflects the Shinto belief in the importance of the seasons and the Buddhist belief of harmony with nature. While in ukiyo-e (Pictures of the Floating World) stories are told through images of the landscape, history, folk tales and everyday life of the people of Japan.

Both run from 6 May to 9 September 2017. 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 of prints by Sarah Roach from until 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 Big Show, the degree show including photography work from 30 May until 11 June.


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

Further afield:

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