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Artcore July 2021 Newsletter

Artcore July 2021 Newsletter

As always at Artcore, we are passionate about bringing new exciting programmes and events to Derbyshire and connecting with our community through creativity. It is what brings us together.

We started off the Summer Dream with pop up events at Derby Market Square, with different activities each day of the week from 1st June. It was such a brilliant and vibrant place and a great opportunity to showcase our work and get together.

With the progress of our programmes, the new block of Express Yourself workshops with artist Ryan Heath who has a particular interest in digital graphics and art, creating virtual reality and film. It will be exciting to see the participants engaging into this theme surrounding Derby architecture and fantasy creatures to inspire and create a ‘Derby Guardian’.

Likewise with our adult courses Ray Gumbley, a fine art photography artist, has joined us to deliver Un-Aware classes, introducing photography as a powerful and expressive art medium form.

Artcore has been able to provide and host new evening courses! Starting from July we have a Pottery Throwing and Making Course led by Kathryn Borg as well as a Teddy-Bear Making Course with Dawn Campion beginning later on in summer.

Over at the Gallery we are currently exhibiting a photography exhibition 52 Cameras in 52 Weeks by artist Tony Kemplen, showcasing a range of vintage film cameras and a series of photographs produced with them. Here at Artcore we celebrate all aspects of art so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming exciting exhibitions that are planned.

Creative Summer is coming up with lots of fun activities and programmes for both children and adults which we are very excited about. Especially the 17th July is a family fun day at Artcore with AMAZE. Don’t forget that all of our sessions need to be booked in advance, so please do sign up to join our artists, staff and team in our free activities as we support and create together.

We can’t wait to have you here.


Summer Exhibitions

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All exhibition launches can be booked through Eventbrite. The links will be available on our website in the coming weeks.

  • Tony Kemplen | 52 Cameras in 52 Weeks
    Saturday 26 June 11am – Satuday 17 July 5pm

This exhibition comprises a selection of 52 photographs and the corresponding cameras used to make them. The cameras and the photographs represent a wide range ofvintage cameras, techniques and subjects.

Launch: Friday 25th June 5-8pm

  • Kelly O’Brien & Thomas Wynne | Present Tense Future Perfect?
    Saturday 24 July 11am – Satuday 7 August 5pm

This exhibition is the outcome of Kelly and Tom’sresidency with us beginning in October 2020. Through this residency the artists have had the opportunity to make new work dealing with the tensions caused bycurrent uncertainties and looking forward to a brighter future.

Launch: Friday 23rd July 5-8pm

  • Naho Matsuda & Neale Willis | Error & Power
    Saturday 14 August 11am – Satuday 4 September 5pm

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

Launch: Friday 13th August 5-8pm


July Programme Overview

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Summer has arrived, hurray! Join us at Artcore in July and August as we celebrate Creative Summer 2021 which will be jam-packed with opportunities to get your creativity flowing. Over the next two months, we 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 us as we explore, support, make & create together. All sessions are free but must be booked in advance to secure your place as we have reduced numbers due to social distancing.

Sign up at:


Artcore Gallery Updates

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  • Cabin Fever
    Cabin Fever is continuing over at Osnabruck Square with new Artists in Residence Ray Gumbley and Claire Pearce!

During his residency in the Cabin, Ray will take portraits of the community who either live or work in and around Osnabruck Square. The work will be archived and placed in a time capsule along with cuttings and photographs added by the public.

Ray Gumbley is a photographer based in Nottinghamshire. His practice is inspired by people, dance, haiku poetry, fashion, tattoos, classical and contemporary art and burlesque culture. Ray believes that everyone is looking for that one image that captures, inspires and defines them.

If you or anyone you know is local to the area and would like to get involved either by having your portrait taken by Ray or sharing some of your memories of living or working in Derby and the Osnabruck Square area, then please send a message to

Ray will be on residence in the Cabin from 18 June – 17 July.

From the 19th June we have another artist in residence with us at the cabin: Claire Pearce!

Claire Pearce is a contemporary visual artist based in Derbyshire. Her practice explores how female identity is shaped by the socio-political landscape, such as the influence of technology, popular culture, fashion and storytelling. Pearce works across a range of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, object-making, video, performance and installation.

During her residency in the Cabin, Claire will be utilising the window space to curate a diorama using the public’s contributions to build a new narrative scene. The scene will be outward facing so passers-by can engage with the work in a COVID-safe way. She will also be running a series of workshops such as block printing and 3D model making. There will also be an ongoing collage station both in the cabin and within the Artcore Shop!

Claire Pearce will be in residence at the cabin from 19 July – 14 August 2021.

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  • Tony Kemplen – 52 Cameras In 52 Weeks
    Exhibition Dates: 25th June – 17th July | Venue: Artcore Gallery, 7 Albert St, Derby

Photographs taken by Ray Gumbley: Arboricide | Self-Portrait with Round Spectacles | Quintuple Arts Tower

Thank you to everybody who came along to the launch of Tony Kemplen’s Exhibition Launch on Friday. We had a fantastic time and it was really great to see everybody getting involved and having emerging themselves in the art. If you missed the opening, the exhibition is open until 17th July, Mon – Sat 11-5pm. Everybody welcome!

About the Exhibition and Artist:

Tony Kemplen has been collecting cameras for over 50 years and in 2010 he decided to use them. For a decade, he has used a different film camera each week of the year – 522 cameras in 10 years. 52 Cameras in 52 Weeks comprises a selection of these photographs and the corresponding cameras used to make them. The collection represents a wide range of cameras, techniques and subjects, and Kemplen’s approach to image-making is every bit as important as the technical aspects of the project.

Gallery open Monday – Friday 11am-5pm

For more information visit: Exhibition: 52 Cameras in 52 Weeks by Tony Kemplen

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  • Artcore Cafe Coming Soon!
    Artcore Cafe is arriving at Albert St, keep your eyes peeled for the opening this month!

Artcore Cafe will be unique, creative and community-focussed with a variety of food and drink options for you to enjoy. There will also be the opportunity to get involved in creative activities whilst sipping a warm cup of coffee or chilled summer smoothie!

More information coming very soon!

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  • Evening Sessions
    Exciting new courses have started at Artcore Gallery, with more coming up in August!

Try your hand at Ceramic Throwing or Teddy-Bear Making where you will be able to make unique handmade gifts for yourself or a loved one, whilst broadening your skillset!

Ceramic artist Kathryn Borg is currently teaching a pottery throwing course for a duration of five weeks every Thursday 6-8pm starting the 1st July. If you’ve dabbled in ceramic throwing before and would love another go, or if you are yet to try it out, this introductory course is perfect for beginners and intermediate throwers alike. You will learn techniques and tips to create some beautiful ceramics, while meeting some new people. The cost is £150 for 5 sessions. If you are interested in this then we will be running more courses in the future too!

Also beginning on Wednesday 4th August 6-8pm for four weeks is a teddy-bear making workshop hosted by artist and upcycler Dawn Campion. Dawn will be teaching adults of all abilities the techniques to create their own bespoke teddy bear from recycled materials. This bear could then become a fantastic, unique gift for a loved one, friend or perhaps a new baby! The cost is £120 for 4 sessions.

Sign up using the link: or send any enquiries to

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  • Reimagine
    July will see the culmination of all our work on the Reimagine project this year come together for a very special Amaze Day on the 17th at Artcore.

We have been working with students from Pear Tree Junior School, Zaytouna Primary School and St. James’ CoE Junior School over the last six months exploring the themes of home, identity and kindness and creating our own worlds. At the Amaze Day, these will be exhibited for everyone in the community and you can also create your own world to be added to our maze for people to weave their way around and experience our magical pods.

Keep an eye on our social media platforms for more details of the Amaze Day and you can check out our Spotlight to read about the Reimagine Project and our commitment to young people in Derby:

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  • Future Endeavours
    We have a brand new block of Future Endeavours starting this month too with artist Kathryn Borg who will be continuing working with clay.

The sessions will be fun and hands on focusing on exploring earth and geology. Our places are currently fully booked for the younger group of 10-13 yrs old, but our second group of 14-18 yrs old has still some places left!

You can book through this link: Keep up to date with how we get on in the sessions each week at:

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  • Express Yourself
    We are excited to start a new block of Express Yourself workshops with artist Ryan Heath!

Ryan is an artist and designer working with different mediums such as virtual reality and film. It will be exciting to see the participants engaging with themes surrounding Derby architecture looking at shapes, emblems and building structures to draw from and fantasy creatures from the history to inspire and create a ‘Derby Guardian’.

You can view all the progress over on the blog through: Our sessions are currently fully booked but you can sign up to our waiting list for the next blog through this link:

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  • Shape Your Future
    The ‘Shape Your Future’ Project has come to an end with a fantastic exhibition showcasing all the hard work the students have produced over the 30 weeks of sessions!

It was a pleasure having them on and working together with artist Fiona Adamson who led through the sessions as well as Catriona Kelly, our project co-ordinator and Aisling Ward, assistant curator. Together they have planned, curated and put up all their work for display, having invited guests from Horizons Sixthform as well as project leaders who all enjoyed the show.

We are looking forward to hopefully having more projects such as this and working with pupils towards their creative achievement.

You can visit the Shape Your Future Exhibition at our building on Charnwood Street until 8th July from Monday-Friday.

For more information about the project and involvement, take a look over on our website through this link: Shape Your Future – ARTCORE

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  • Un-Aware
    Our current Block of Un-Aware is presented and led by a fine art and portraiture photographer Ray Gumbley.

Ray has been working with participants on the theme of Awareness and each week new photos are being created for their portfolio. This block is all about using film and photography to express different moods and emotions with the aid of colour, light and symbols.

Next week, Kathryn Borg will begin a new block using ceramics and origami to address the theme of Safety at Home.

There are still a few spaces left on our new block so make sure you sign up to join us at: and can view all their progress through the weekly sessions at:

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  • Creative In Common
    Check out some of the work created last month on Creative in Common!

This month, we will be working with artist Julia Webster on encaustic art which will start on 12th July and run for four weeks on Mondays from 10am-12pm. We are very excited to be working with Julia for her first sessions at Artcore.

These sessions are very popular and are currently fully booked but you join our waiting list at:

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  • In Our Thoughts
    In Our Thoughts Memorial Tree has come a long way and it’s great to see the progress.

This is a project to which anyone can participate and contribute their responses to the pandemic. Carrying on with our tree sculpture that we had made a good start in May, our first session was over at the Derby Market Square in the beginning of June, which was a really good start to this month. We had lots of responses from the public drawing and writing on our leaves of thoughts and putting them up on the tree. We are very thankful to all of the dedicated and hardworking volunteers who contributed greatly towards producing this memorial. We are hoping to display it in July and showcase the meaning and thought behind this artwork.

Follow us on social media to keep an eye out for upcoming events. You can also take a look over on our website: www.artcoreuk/in-our-thoughts to see all the progress.

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  • Artcore at Derby Market Place
    Beginning of June we had a great opportunity to set up a hut in the wonderful Derby Market Square, with the lovely weather suiting us well.

During the week, each day we had a different activity to showcase what we do at Artcore and get the public involved.

– 1st June we had a display of our lovely Craftcore packs with our shop manager and artist Linda Foot painting and using the materials from the packs to show how you can enjoy and create unique designs.

– 2nd June our lovely participants from Beginning to Becoming course showing their success and telling their story of their achievement.

– 3rd June we had our ‘In Our Thoughts’ session over at the hut. Participants and volunteers came to help put the tree together, paint it and add elements such as paper flowers and butterflies. The public, especially younger children, really enjoyed watching and contributing a leaf with their thoughts on it to be put up on the branches.

– 4th June was a busy day with Teddy Bear Demonstration from artist Dawn Campion as well as Pottery Demonstration from artist Kathryn Borg.

We really enjoyed having this sunny week over at our little hut, sharing a piece of Artcore with the world.

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  • Artcore Creative Maze
    Have you spotted the huge events tent that has popped up at Derby Market Place?

Well, from 27th to 30th July, you can explore our Creative Maze there where you will uncover the Earth through different interactive experiences dotted between the weaving walls. Open for all the family and full of wonderful creative surprises and appearances from Artcore Artists, the Creative Maze will be free to access from 12pm-4pm on these days. Join us to navigate your way through space, jungle, sea and all the activities hidden within.


Paid Opportunity for Midlands based Artists

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We run an exciting programme of workshops at Artcore Gallery in Derby and we are looking for Midlands-based visual artists to deliver some new sessions!

Are you creative, enthusiastic and have a background in delivering art workshops to young people, people with mental and physical health conditions or the elderly? If so, then we’d love to hear from you!

This opportunity is open to Midlands-based Artists who are interested in carrying out physical artist-led workshops with the Derby community. We are particularly interested in artists with a sustainable, socially-engaged and environmental-based practice.

Workshop artists will be paid to cover prep time and workshop delivery. We will also provide the materials you will require.

Please send an expression of interest and a link to your website, social media or portfolio through this link: Open Call for Art Workshop Leaders

Deadline: Monday 12 July 2021


New Starter – Jen

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Hi, I’m Jen and I’m the new general assistant here at Artcore. I’m mostly based at the shop, and am also involved in the creation of the upcoming new Artcore café. I have a passion for drawing and painting, and have been a freelance illustrator since 2017 when I completed an MA in illustration at Nottingham Trent University. I’m so happy to now be a part of the Artcore team, and look forward to whatever challenges it may bring!


Volunteer Of The Month

Rhian Astley

A huge thank you to Rhian who has been working hard to support our artists on Mondays and Wednesdays as part of her job placement from Derby College! It has been fantastic having Rhian to lend a hand at our adult sessions in which she has been helping with prep and clean up, taking photos, surveying participants and just generally being wonderful.

Thanks Rhian – you are our Volunteer of the Month!

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