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Events at Artcore

Creative Summer
Looking for free kids activities during summer?

Introducing Creative Summer!!

Every Thursday from 27th July to 31st August from 11.00am to 1.00pm at Artcore, 3 Charnwood Street DE1 2GT. (FREE)

Age – 6yrs – 15yrs

Every Friday from 28th July to 25th August from 1.00pm to 4.00pm at Artcore Gallery, 8 Albert Street, Osnabruck Square, Derby DE1 2DS. (£5 per session)
The craft session is a magical world where young children’s imaginations take flight, and their tiny hands transform simple materials into works of art. Excitement buzzes in the air as they gather around tables, eagerly waiting to dive into a world of colours, textures, and creativity.

The sessions have been a wonderful experience to all the kids and parents. The young minds are always full of energy and ready to take up new messy art challenges and create exciting crafts.

Please call 01332 384561 to book.


Craft Factory


Summer holiday arts and crafts for young people!
Every Friday from 1pm – 4pm.
Age: 6yrs -`15yrs
Cost: £4.99 per child
Artcore Shop and Cafe, 8 Albert St, DE1 2DS

Various craft activities to keep young people engaged throughout the summer.
The craft session is not just about creating art; it’s also a form of playful learning. Children experimented with colours, patterns, and textures, developing their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and cognitive abilities while having fun.

The craft session provided an opportunity for young children to engage in social interaction and collaboration. They share ideas, help each other with tasks, and express admiration for one another’s creations, fostering a sense of camaraderie and connection.

To book please call: 01332 366623

Derby Peace Week
Derby Peace Week is taking place between 18th and 22nd of September 2023. During the week Derby will host a variety of cultural events promoting peace, antiracism and protection of the environment. Coordinated by 19 different local progressive organisations.

On Thursday 21st September, Artcore will be celebrating Peace. Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on the 21st September, this is a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace. At Artcore we will be supporting International Peace day at Artcore Gallery, starting at 10am. We will be hosting a creative arts workshop with Peace at its heart 10am-11:30am, at 11:45am we will be unveiling the ‘357 Squares For Peace’ blankets from Derby’s twinned city of Osnabruck and at 12:30 we will share food together and reflect on ideas of Peace.

We look forward to welcoming you all.


Building Bridges – Exhibition Launch
Friday 4th August, 6pm – 8pm at the Artcore Gallery, DE1 2DS

Building Bridges Exhibition Launch was a great success.

Artcore partnered with Kunstraum Hase29, gallery in Osnabruck (Derby’s Twin City), for the Building Bridges residency.

In May this year, two artists from Derby, Caroline Ainsworth and Martin Hyde, spent the week exploring the city of Osnabruck and creating artwork. The artists had the exciting opportunity for intercultural sharing of experiences and ideas whilst developing artworks that serve as a bridge between the two communities. The residency coincided with Osnabruck’s Maiwoche festival. The artists reflected on the various links or points of references between the two cities and what binds them or could potentially bind together.

We also have two artists from Osnabruck, Eva Gruter and Vivian Blum taking part in the exhibition. Eva and Vivian produced and presented an engaging and inspiring performance art at the exhibition launch.

We are excited to have them visiting Derby for two weeks.

Their works will be exhibited in the Artcore Gallery from 04/08/2023 – 26/08/2023. However, it won’t end here! We are excited to have the Building Bridges Exhibition continuing on display at the City Lab venue, hosted by Marketing Derby, from the 29/08/2023 for two weeks.


Empower for Employment Workshops

Every Monday
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Artcore Community Hub, 3, Charnwood St DE1 2GT

The workshops are running every Monday. The participants are gaining a multitude of skills whilst developing their own craft.

Our project is designed to support individuals to develop employability skills and gain confidence and life skills.

Our sessions are facilitated by a professional artist who are guiding participants to develop and learn a new craft. Through this they will learn new making skills and aim to create outcomes that they can display and sell at Artcore’s craft-fair at the end of the year.
Eligibility – Adults 16 + and currently unemployed.

If you are interested in taking part, please get in touch on: 01332366623

Pottery Classes with Kathryn Borg


Pottery Classes with Kathryn Borg – Saturdays 1pm – 3pm
£25 per session

Join us on Saturdays to a have a go at pottery. Ceramic artist Kathryn Borg will be teaching participants how to create ceramic ware at the Artcore Gallery.

The sessions are from 1 – 3 pm @ £25 per 2-hour session. All materials, tuition and glazing included.

To book please call 01332 366623 or email or visit our website.

1-TO-3 Free Art Sessions at Cultural Hub

Free Art Classes are held on week days at Artcore Cultural Hub from 1 – 3 pm.

If you haven’t been to one yet, come along and have some fun, exploring a new technique today!

Sew and Socialise

FREE on Mondays 1pm – 3pm at Artcore Gallery

Drop in sessions every Monday! Get out of your comfort zone, meet and engage with new people in a creative space. You can bring along your own sewing project or learn embroidery techniques with our artist Nicki Dennett.

Booking: Just drop-in at Artcore Gallery – 8 Albert Street, Osnabruck Square, Derby DE1 2DS

Knit and Natter

FREE on Tuesdays 1pm – 3pm at Artcore Gallery

After the huge success of BBC Radio Derby’s Make-a-Blanket appeal, we are continuing the Knit-and-Natter sessions this New Year. Join a vibrant group of people and come together to learn knitting techniques. Whatever your skill level, we provide a space where you can meet new people, share stories, knit together, share techniques and even grab some great refreshments from our Café!

Booking: Just drop-in at Artcore Gallery – 8 Albert Street, Osnabruck Square, Derby DE1 2DS

Craft Creations

FREE on Fridays 1:00pm – 3:00pm at Artcore Gallery – Starting from 8th September

Linda Foot will host Paper Craft sessions every Friday at the Artcore Gallery. Learn Paper Crafting Techniques, Embossing, Rubber-Stamping, Water colours, and much more.

Booking: Just drop-in at Artcore Gallery – 8 Albert Street, Osnabruck Square, Derby DE1 2DS

Number Narratives

It was wonderful to present our Number Narratives project and also to hear the feedback of our participants who have been regularly attending the sessions at Artcore.

The Number Narratives sessions are supporting adults to develop their functional math’s skills through creativity. Developing transferable life skills by delivering technology, engineering and mathematics sessions through the use of visual arts.

Our workshops aim to build social cohesion and create opportunities to increase confidence with numbers in daily-life and for those needing formal numeracy qualifications.

In our sessions we aim to achieve an understanding of numeracy through holistic and practical projects, whilst using creative thinking and developing confidence through the sharing of ideas.

Number Narratives is open to adults aged 19 and above who have not attained a higher maths qualification and want to gain employability skills.

Venue: 3 Charnwood Street, Derby DE1 2GT
Date & Time: Every Friday from the 18th November 2022 – 10am-1pm

To book your FREE place contact OR Call: 01332 384 561.

The Art of Healing

These sessions are aimed at bringing the community together to build strong relationships and to improve mental health through the creative process.

Art of Healing at the Artcore Community Hub

Art of Healing Community
In Art of healing community sessions, artist Kathryn Borg has been looking at ceramics with the participants.

Art of Healing Health and Well-being
Participants have been working with artist Jane Dearden, exploring themes of land and sea.

Art of Healing, Children and Young People
This workshop will return on September 14th with Artist Amy Vallance.

Art of Healing Community – Tuesdays – 10 am – 1 pm
Venue – 3 Charnwood Street, Derby

Art of Healing Health and Wellbeing – Wednesdays – 10 am – 1 pm
Venue – 3 Charnwood Street, Derby

Art of Healing Children and young people – Thursdays – 4:30 – 6:30 pm (ages 6 -15) (Term Time Only)
Venue – 3 Charnwood Street, Derby

To book a FREE place Call: 01332 384 561 or Email:

Art For Life

Art For Life – Wednesdays 1:15pm-3:15pm

In our Art for Life sessions, Linda Foot has been leading a variety of craft workshops working with paper, watercolours and other medium.

Art For Life is a creative art workshop running every Wednesday afternoon. Open to all ages, including those with health problems and learning difficulties. These sessions are engaging, exploring a variety of art mediums to spark expression whilst encouraging socialising and learning of new skills.


Our group sessions are for 2 hours @ £10 for 1 hour per participant. All materials and refreshments are included in the cost. Limited free parking on site is available. There will be a professional artist leading the session.


Please get in touch with us on or alternatively give us a call on 01332 384 561.




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