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Forums and networks

Artists and arts organisations can get support, and opportunities to meet up with other artists, through Derbyshire's arts networks and forums:

  • Arts Derbyshire: The Derbyshire Arts Partnership and the Derbyshire Arts Development Group came together to form Arts Derbyshire for strategic arts development between local government, local authorities and arts organisations in the County.

  • Arts in the Peak
    an artist-led organisation to promote professional contemporary art and artists in the Peak District

  • CAFÉ - Culture and Arts Forum, Erewash: 
    a forum for artists in Erewash.  Contact Laura Guthrie/Jo Stockdale, Arts Development Officer, Erewash Borough Council

  • Creative Boom
    a regional online magazine for the creative industries in Derby and surrounding areas.

  • Creative Derbyshire
    a programme of support and development for artists, arts organisations and creative businesses across Derbyshire, with a focus on developing the creative economy in Derbyshire.

  • Creative Greenhouse
    a support network for creative businesses in North Derbyshire (Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire) and Nottinghamshire.

  • Creative Industries Network
    a membership organisation run by creatives for creatives in Derby and the surrounding areas.

  • Derby Arts Forum
    a forum for all individuals and organisations involved in the origination, development and promotion of arts activity in Derby

  • Derbyshire Dance Artists’ Network
    a support network for dance artists in Derbyshire, providing information, technique classes and training sessions.
  • Derbyshire Open Arts
    a network of artists and craftspeople across the whole county, which runs an open studios event at the end of May each year.

  • Design Factory
    a creative development agency for the craft and design sector in the East Midlands, with a membership scheme.

  • EMARAN - East Midlands Arts in Rural Areas Network: 
    a voluntary network supporting arts in rural areas and rural regeneration through the arts and celebrating the brilliance of regional rural artists.

  • EMVAN - East Midlands Visual Arts Network

  • Festivity: A sub-group of Arts Derbyshire, Festivity is the Arts Festival Forum for Derbyshire

  • Music Leader - East Midlands

  • NEDCAF (North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield Arts Forum): 
    a forum for artists in North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield. Contact Helena Davenport, Arts Development Officer, North East Derbyshire District Council or Pamela Butler, Arts Development Officer, Chesterfield Borough Council

  • Peak District Artisans:  
    an association of professional fine artists, designer makers and artisans based in and around the Peak District.

  • Workshop Network
    workshop network for artists

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