Arts Derbyshire



Please go to the What We Do section to find out more about our current programmes of work.

Please go to our entry on the Charity Commission website to see our Charitable Objects and Annual Reports.

Sharon Brown

…is a Trustee of Arts Derbyshire and also the Director of Arts Melbourne the not for profit company which for the past 15 years has organized the Melbourne Festival in South Derbyshire featuring artists from Derbyshire and the Midlands exhibiting in venues through Melbourne. They also deliver a number of creative projects working with the local community and other artists and creative organisations.

She is also the very committed to promoting Derbyshire’s unique Festival community as Chairman of Festivity the Derbyshire Festivals Association.

Debi Hedderwick

…is a dance artist specialising in contemporary and creative dance theatre with young people and those with additional and complex needs; she also directs small-scale dance theatre company The Secret Dance Club. Debi is Co-founder and Creative Director of Learning Through Arts which specialises in using the performing arts with young people, people with additional needs, young asylum seekers and in the community, and aims for enhanced health and well-being, learning and progression, connection, communication, self-expression and cultural celebration. In free time Debi loves reading, creative writing, playing music, swimming, sailing and walking in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.

Alice Marshall (Vale)

…is a Performer, Choreographer, and Academic of Dance known in the region for her devise work in her subject area. Alice is Programme Lead for the Dance courses at the University of Derby and Artistic Director of Adaire to Dance.. This regularly ACE funded company is based at Déda and tours work across the county.

Jayne Marshall

…is a playwright and theatre maker whose plays have been performed across the North West and Edinburgh. Jayne specialises in bringing live theatre to older people who are isolated, and telling their stories in addition to teaching introductory playwriting courses. Her most recent work includes a short film: ‘Hand to Hand Combat’, adapted from an award-winning BBC Radio Manchester monologue.

Kalila Storey

…is a Trustee of Arts Derbyshire and Programmes Manager for  People Express, a participatory arts charity based in South Derbyshire. People Express works alongside community groups to co-produce arts projects that are ambitious, in order to create artworks meaningful to the communities that make them. People Express works across all artforms, engaging the skills and experience of freelance artists, who offer a high quality arts experience. Kalila also sits on the South Derbyshire CVS board as a Trustee.

Matt Black

…is a writer and educator, was Derbyshire Poet Laureate (2011-13), and has worked extensively in schools and with a wide range of community groups for over 30 years. He has undertaken many writing commissions and projects, been Course Director of Creative Writing at the University of Sheffield, and Creative Director of Signposts (later Writing Yorkshire), an Arts Council regularly funded organisation, from 1995 to 2010. Recent poetry collections include Spoon Rebellion (Smith Doorstop), Tales from the Leaking Boot (Iron Press), and recent shows are The Storm Officer and The Snoopy Question.

Daniel Oakley

is the Community Arts Development Officer for Bolsover District Council. His role is to grow and develop opportunities for all types of creative projects for and with the people of the district of Bolsover which includes the towns of Clowne, South Normanton, Shirebrook and Bolsover. A keen Musician and Visual Artist, Daniel has been involved in various creative arts and young people’s projects across the whole of Derbyshire in many roles from participant through to project co-ordinator over the last 25 years.

“Arts and the benefits of being involved in creative activity are important to the growth, vitality and confidence of a community. Arts is a language and everyone should have the opportunity to have their say within it.”

Sanjoy Sen

…was born and raised in Chesterfield. he has lived and worked in various locations in the UK and abroad during his career in engineering, most recently in the clean energy transition. He is keen to support Arts Derbyshire in memory of his mother, a local artist and participant in Derbyshire Open Arts. He brings his experience of working in a range of organisations and is interested in seeing art and its benefits being enjoyed by as many different types of people as possible, especially those with no previous connection to art.

David Symons

…is an RIBA chartered architect originally from Devon who has studied, lived and worked in the East Midlands for the past 8 years. David has a particular interest in collaborative live-build art projects and has worked with diverse groups creating installations in Dartmoor, and the Nottingham Contemporary and Bonington Art galleries. In his free time David enjoys DIY projects, surfing, skiing and walking his red cockapoo throughout Derbyshire. 


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Please go to our entry on the Charity Commission website to see our Charitable Objects and Annual Reports.

Arts Derbyshire Charitable Incorporated Organisation,

c/o Alfreton Library,

Severn Square,


Derbyshire DE55 7BQ
Telephone: 07761 – 158228
Charity no. 1184423.


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