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Artcore August 2021 Newsletter

Artcore August 2021 Newsletter

Artcore has been keeping busy with loads of exciting events happening throughout the season so we can all keep creative over the summer break.

The team is looking forward to August and all the summer endeavours they are about to take. Join the gallery this August and get creating!


August Programme Overview

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Summer has arrived, hurray! Join Artcore in July and August as they celebrate Creative Summer 2021 which will be jam-packed with opportunities to get your creativity flowing.

Over the next two months, the team have an abundance of activities for adult, children and young people to get their hands covered in paint, clay, wax, watercolours and everything else in between. Make sure you sign up to join as you explore, support, make & create together. All sessions are free but must be booked in advance to secure your place as they have had to reduced numbers due to social distancing.

Sign up at:

Take a look on their website for all the current programmes: Artcore Stay Connected


Summer Workshops

Artcore August 2021 Newsletter

Unsure how to spend a rainy Saturday? Well throughout August at Artcore Gallery, there are some fantastic workshops for both adults and children to enjoy!

  • Drop In Collage Station | Thursday 5th & 12th August, 11am-4pm

Join Cabin Artist in Residence Claire Pearce for some creative collaging to add to the Cabin!

No need to book – Just drop in and do some making. It’s Free!


  • Creative Summer Family Drop Ins | £5 per session

Join Linda Foot in the Artcore Gallery shop for some fun creative activities for families every Friday & Saturday during the summer!

6th – 7th August: Watercolour Safari
13th – 14th August: Mosaic Making
20th – 21st August: Learn Weaving
27th – 28th August: Recycled Sculpture

No Booking Required! Just pop in and start making some fantastic artwork!

Link with the sessions are on the Artcore website: Artcore – Visual Art Charity in Derby, Derbyshire


Artcore Gallery Updates

  • Present Tense, Future Perfect? | Open until 7th July

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In October 2020, Kelly O’Brien and Thomas Wynne undertook an artist residency with Artcore for a duration of two months titled Present Tense Future Perfect?

Through this residency, Artcore wanted to give the artists an opportunity to make new work dealing with the tensions caused by current uncertainties, whilst looking forward to a brighter future.

To read about the artists and see their personal work take a look on: Present Tense Future Perfect?


  • Error & Power Exhibition Launch | Launches Friday 13th August, 5-7pm

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You are invited to the launch of Error & Power, an exhibition featuring the work of two of Artcore’s artists in residence: Naho Matsuda and Neale Willis.

Book Here: Exhibition Launch – Error & Power

About the Exhibition

Naho and Neale began their residency with Artcore in May 2020. For Error & Power, both artists explore the strategy of creating space for chance, and the potential for mistakes and errors to shape their work, whether by design or accident.

Naho takes the infamous Milgram Obedience Experiment as her source, developing an imagined narrative from the word-pairs that the ‘learner’ in the experiment was required to memorise correctly. The punishment for failure to do so was electrocution, administered by the volunteer ‘teacher’, testing the extent of their obedience to the voice of authority.

Neale’s work for Error & Power is a test of a different kind; questioning the logic and limitations of both human and artificial intelligence, Neale shows us the somewhat bizarre and idiotic (though strangely beautiful) outcomes of their combined efforts to reconstruct online images of domestic bathrooms.

About the Artists

To read about artist’s personal work and how they undertook their residency head over to the website: Error and Power

Below are artists website links and social media:

Website: |
IG: @naho.matsuda | @nealewillis


  • Artist Talk with Claire Pearce | Thursday 5th August, 6-7pm

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Artcore will be hosting an Artist Talk with Cabin Fever artist Claire Pearce! Join them for an interesting conversation with some refreshments.

Book Here: Artist in Conversation: Claire Pearce

News from Nowhere

News From Nowhere is a new installation work sited in a former news kiosk, as part of Artcore’s Cabin Fever artist residency programme. The work is a diorama of the Derbyshire landscape, referencing the area’s past ties to manufacturing and the industrial revolution, but also looking forward to ways of reimagining our area given the current socio-political climate and future possibilities for transformation.

The work takes its name from William Morris’s book of the same name: a Victorian science-fiction tale about the possibilities of a utopian future; ‘nowhere’ can be anything, it is ours to dictate. The installation references Morris’s work as a designer, conservationist and figure in the industrial revolution through the creation of three repeating patterns: one filled with native British flora, one representing the cotton and silk industries and one highlighting folk culture such as well-dressing and the maypole.

Silhouettes of local landmarks can be seen such as Belper, Cromford and Derby Silk Mill, Alport Castle, Chrome Hill and the Roaches in the Peak District, and Derby Arboretum. Public contributions based on the notion of an ideal future will expand the landscape over the course of the residency.

About the Artist

Head over to Claire’s website to view her portfolio and her journey: Claire Pearce
IG: @claire__pearce


  • Faces & Places Of The Square by Ray Gumbley

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The team at Artcore are amazed by the wonderful work of photographer Ray Gumbley who has been in Artcore’s Cabin residency on Osnabruck Square for the past month.

During his time there, he has taken portraits of the local workers and residents surrounding the square. This is an ongoing project which attempts to engage with the local community past and present. This unique collection of work will be archived and placed in a time capsule along with cuttings and photographs added by the public.

Towards the end of the residency, Artcore had an excellent exhibition all around the Osnabruck Square, in the windows of the Cabin & Artcore Gallery. It was great to see all the response and such a great community captured in these photographs.


  • Supporting the Wireworks Project | Saturday 14th August, 2-5pm

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On behalf of artist Ivan Smith, Artcore would like to invite you to the launch of The Wireworks project.

The Wireworks Project is delighted to announce the launch of its new project space with an exhibition called ‘Place’ which features the work of artists Ivan Smith and Anthony Shepherd. The opening will also feature two works by renowned Indian artist Chintan Upadhyay.

On Saturday 14th August 2021, the Wireworks Project will open its doors for the first time to the public to showcase its facilities, exhibition and new programme of residencies, projects and future exhibitions.

Please come and join over a glass of wine to celebrate the launch of this new venture, see the work and meet the artists.

‘Place’ explores the location of the new studio, which divides, like a fault line two opposing environments. On one side you have the historical Johnson & Nephew wireworks established in 1870 and on the other, you have one of Britain’s most beautiful ancients woods.

New sculptures and installations have been developed specifically for the exhibition, which respond to the place they find themselves, maybe brokering a new conversation between these two opposing environments.

Image: ‘I’ve got the power’ Anthony Shepherd 2021


Artcore Cafe & Shop | Coming Soon

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Operation Artcore Café is well underway as the team are developing their new menu and the staff have been treated to some tasting sessions with chef Sohaila!

The grand opening is fast approaching so make sure stay up to date with the developments through our dedicated social media channels:
Facebook: @artcoreshopandcafe | Twitter: @ArtcoreCafe | Instagram: @artcore_shop_and_cafe

In the meantime, Artcore have drop in sessions on Friday’s and Saturday’s at Artcore Shop on Albert Street, which will be running all through the summer holidays. Join Linda Foot and a mixture of different weekly activities for just £5.00 per person!

Link to the sessions on the website: Artcore – Visual Art Charity in Derby, Derbyshire


Evening Sessions

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Artcore participants had a fantastic time on our 5-week ceramic throwing course with Katheryn Borg!

Within this course, artist Kathryn Borg taught the participants various ceramics techniques such as hand building, coiling, throwing and glazing!

One of the participants said: ‘I really liked meeting people and trying new techniques!’

Look out for more evening classes at the gallery from September!


Artcore Creative Maze

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A huge thank you to all who popped into Derby Market Place during the last week in July for our Creative Maze which took over the events venue. The team had an incredible four days of creative family activities which involved sensory bags, solar systems, storytelling and everything in between!

Artcore are very grateful to the fantastic team at Derby Live who brought the maze to life and for the support of Derby City Council and Derby Market Place.

Have a look at the amazing photos!

For more fun events happening at Derby Market Place, take a look on their website: Derby Market Place


Artcore Reimagine Maze

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The team at Artcore had lots of fun on our A-Maze Day which took place on Saturday 17th July!

A very special family fun day as part of Reimagine Derby! Lots of family and friends came around to experience our magical maze co-created in collaboration with local primary school students, reimagined the world around and got involved in some crafty making. Artcore also had snacks, drinks and a relaxing spot for adults. The tea, are really looking forward to having more fun days like this!


Adult Sessions

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  • Creative In Common

Artcore’s very popular adult sessions are still busy each week as they have been working with artist Julia Webster who introduced Encaustic Art. It was a unique and a fun experience for everyone. Starting in August, Artcore will have a new artist joining and presenting new sessions that will run through the summer holidays so keep posted for more details. Check out the amazing encaustic art the participants have made!

To sign up for the next block follow the link here: Creative Summer at Artcore
Take a look at all the progress of the programme on our website: Creative In Common


  • Un-Aware

Artcore have been continuing their exploration of crime awareness and support through art on this project funded by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Artist Kathryn Borg has brought in her expertise on clay making and sculpting as participants make their work related to the topic of feeling safe at home by focusing on and recreating people, places and things in clay.

Places are limited so make sure to sign up through here: Un-Aware Adult Community Project
You can also view all the progress of participants on the Artcore website blog: Un-Aware


Children & Young People

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Last month, Artcore had a lot of fun experimenting with digital media on Express Yourself sessions creating a Derby Guardian with artist Ryan Heath. As well as looking at the earth elements and getting creative with clay on Future Endeavours sessions with artist Kathryn Borg.

The team at Artcore are now taking a summer break for the programmes and starting new exciting blocks in September! There will be loads of enjoyable and educational sessions planned so keep your eyes peeled!

To sign up for the September block follow the link here: September Sessions at Artcore
You can also view all the progress of participants on the Artcore website: Artcore Stay Connected


Power to Empower | Starting August 2021

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A new employability skills strengthening course will be available FREE for unemployed people over 16 living in Derbyshire. Register your place at or by calling 01332 384561

Through this course, you will learn new skills in craft-making, branding, marketing and selling the items you have created as well as practical guidance on starting your own business.

Power to Empower will provide resources to develop functional employability and digital skills as well as increased understanding in online communications and finance through workshops, training sessions and support from artists and industry professionals. It is a great opportunity to explore self employment and connect with others through art, craft and mentorship.


Community Sessions

At Artcore, they are big on connecting with our communities and working together in areas of Derby that might need that extra creativity boost.

  • Allenton Big Local Family Art

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Starting this month, the Artcore team will be running free art classes in Allenton as part of Allenton Big Local!

Over four weeks, we are exploring different themes through fun family crafts at St. Martin’s Methodist Church and Community Hall from 10am-12pm on Mondays and Fridays. There are very limited places available so you’ll need to be quick to join. Sign up at Creative Summer at Artcore.


  • Keep Walking at Artcore

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From Thursday the 5th of August, Artcore will be hosting some free Keep Walking classes at Charnwood Street. All ages and abilities are welcome to join from 2pm-3pm every Thursday for some supported, fun and accessible walking exercises. Email to sign up or register on the day to get your body moving and get walking!


Outreach Workshops

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This month, Artcore will be working with young people in Normanton and Pear Tree on some very special graffiti and street art workshops run by artist Lucie Maycock.

The team have partnered with Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing to connect young people in these areas to some funky creativity during the summer holidays and are very excited to get colourful with these ones!


Volunteers | Volunteer of the Month X6

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July was a very busy month at Artcore as they had two major community events which would not have been so successful without the time, effort and smiling faces of their volunteers.

From constructing a maze, creating almost 100 badges in one day, keeping messy clay workshops under control and just overall providing the participants with welcoming and exciting experiences, these volunteers have done an amazing job!

Thank you to Adi, Amy, Ewelina, Kesha, Mariam and Njomza!


New Starters – Melanie Wheeler

Artcore August 2021 Newsletter

I have started at Artcore as a Project Coordinator focusing on building and strengthening our relationships with the local and regional community. I am an interdisciplinary artist, researcher and project leader based in Nottingham and my practice moves across the mediums of installation, sound, film, participation and social practice. I am interested in creative methods of skills exchange, encouraging collaboration across disciplines and communities, and testing the functions of creative practices to see how different methods affect the way subject and audience interact.

My previous experience includes: leading community engagement projects for Arts Melbourne in Derbyshire, working as part of the public programming team at CRATE Studios in Kent, as well as independent projects for Notts FOSAC, INDEX Festival and Margate NOW. I am an alumni of Open School East and currently an associate of the New Midland Group based at PRIMARY and a studio member at Near Now in Nottingham.

I am really looking forward to working with a wide range of creative and community groups across Derby and the wider region.

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