Arts Derbyshire


Summer at LEVEL

Summer is in full swing and we’re getting lots of new visitors for the final few weeks of Nature Machine. The exhibition closes on Friday 1 September, so if you want to take a peek inside Brew Projects’ sensory experience there’s still time to book those free tickets before they all go!

Our Level Makes Performance group finished off the term with a wonderful showing to family and friends. The few months have been all things pirate, starting with a few interesting pirate names (say hello to Rum Swigging Roberta!), swashbuckling adventures and the odd rousing sea shanty. The visual art group have been working on a printing project around Being Happy With Who You Are. The work will culminate in a joint exhibition with Wirksworth-based CIC Little Canyon Collective over the autumn.

We had a great response to our joint residency call out with Old Diorama Arts Centre. Parallel Perspectives will offer two performance artists a residency both in Derbyshire and London to see how different environments might influence their work. We’ll be sharing more about the successful artists over the next few weeks.

Our very first GLISTEN Fest, a sensory festival for people with Profound Multiple Learning Disabilities is open from 19-23 September, and it’s going to be so much fun! As well as two digital light and sound pieces there’ll be a sensory space and a separate room for parents and carers to relax – there might even be a treat or two!

We’d love GLISTEN Fest to become an annual event, and of course, that involves a spot of fundraising. We’re hoping to apply for match funding again this year through The Big Give Christmas Challenge. To start the process we need to secure £1000 in pledges of support to go through to the match funding stage. If you know of anyone, business or individual, who could pledge a minimum of £100, please share this link with them before 1 September.

Children in Need core funding

In June we received the amazing news that we were successful in applying for core funds from BBC Children in Need. The grant will enable our Engagement & Project Coordinator to focus on strengthening and developing our network to reach more Children and Young People.


We’re Fantastic for Families!

We’ve signed up to the Family Arts Standards, which means that our events are designed so that all family members can enjoy a trip to Level together. We want your visit to be as stress-free and enjoyable as possible so we’ve created some information will help plan your trip.

Read more about how we’re Fantastic for Families

Look at our lovely new signage!

Thanks to a local supporter we’ve been able to install new signage around the site including some internal graphics and additional Braille. Improving signage was a recommendation from the 2022 Visit Peak District & Derbyshire Accessible & Inclusive Tourism Awards, so it’s great to be able to tick this one off before this year’s application is submitted!

Coming Soon at LEVEL Centre

Water Portals

Water Portals by Henry Driver is an interactive digital journey exploring the microscopic world of water. Discover the beautiful microbes that live in our rivers, lakes and seas, and understand the crucial roles they play in creating a healthy world. Explore how these important microbes are at risk from climate change, and what simple things we can do to make a difference.

The installation opens on Friday 8 September. Tickets are free, but please book in advance.


Book tickets for Water Portals

Tues 19 – Sat 23 September 2023

Five days of sparkly, sensory fun for people with profound multiple learning disabilities. Our first GLISTEN Fest has been designed to spark creativity and create memories that can be shared with family, friends and carers.

There will be different digital experiences depending when you visit, the perfect excuse to come more than once! Plus there’s a quiet sensory room if anyone needs a break from the action and space for parents and carers to unwind.

GLISTEN Fest has been made possible with support from Big Give Christmas Challenge supporters, the People’s Postcode Lottery and Derbyshire Freemasons.

Celestial Sound Cloud at GLISTEN Fest
Tues 19 and Wed 20 Sept

A beautiful digital sound and light installation hung above the audience, to create a space to discover a galaxy of voice and  Illumination. The piece invites visitors to interact with the sculpture and each another by singing, moving and dancing underneath to create their own visual experience and soundscape.


Book the Celestial Soundcloud
The Soundplay Dome at GLISTEN Fest
Fri 22 and Sat 23 Sept

The Soundplay Dome is an interactive sensory space, a unique environment that is accessible to all. It’s a space that allows everyone to play with music and light in a collaborative environment. Using touch, sound and light, the Dome encourages creative expression while having fun!

Book the Soundplay Dome


A Necklace of Stars

During the pandemic, older people in Derbyshire joined together to make A Necklace of Stars. The wonderful embroideries, poems and lullabies are now touring the county and are coming to Level in September. The project celebrates childhood and the night sky in words, song and stitches and is a testimony to the power of human connection and creativity in the face of lockdowns and isolation. The exhibition features a quilt of embroidered stars alongside a catalogue of poems and lullabies.

Read more about A Necklace of Stars

Still time to vote in our Public Open Exhibition

Our Corridor Gallery is an absolute joy to visit at the moment, packed full of wonderful work by disabled artists from across the country. There’s still time to vote for your favourite artwork in the People’s Choice Award, you can pop in to Level before 31 August or view online. A big thank you to our friends at Peak Village who sponsored the first and second place prizes in this year’s exhibition and Turner’s Art Supplies in Matlock who sponsor the People’s Choice Award.

View the Public Open Exhibition online 

Hire the LEVEL building

Designed to be accessible, light floods through the building’s 60 (yes 60!) windows, making this a stunning creative space for visual, digital and performing arts. There’s a Gallery Space, Event Space and Digital space as well as a meeting room, kitchen and art block.
Read more about hiring a space at LEVEL

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