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What’s on at Artcore this June

We have an exciting programme lined up for this month including our immersive event Interplay, amplifying Youth Voices and launching our latest exhibition, On The Move with Felix Nussbaum. Make sure to pop into Artcore Gallery, Shop and Café to sample our freshly roasted coffee and tasty treats, interact with a truth illuminating machine and pick up a handmade craft kit.

Important Dates

16th June: ‘Reimagine’ Float-Making Sessions (every Thursday)
17th June: Il.luminar exhibition closing event
18th June: Il.luminar final day
24th June: Youth Voice with EMBAA at The Maypole
24th June: ‘On the Move with Felix Nussbaum’ Exhibition Launch
25th June: Refugee Week Event – DJ Suki


Children and young people


We have just over a month until our Reimagine Festival showcasing the work of young people from Normanton and Arboretum through performance, parades and painting. There are lots of opportunities to to have your voice, ideas and creativity included so please visit to get involved!


Keep Walking!
Our energising Keep Walking class have been adding up the miles throughout Derby Walking Festival! An easy and exciting class led by lovely Shailesh & Sunita who are encouraging us all to get more steps in! No booking is required, come along to Charnwood St and get walking!

Creative Minds
Our wonderful adult group have been very creatively expressive this month with book-binding, movement and jewellery-making. We are now taking bookings for our next block focusing on Colour in Derby which is starting on the 13th July so fill in the form to get signed up: 2022 Programme Sign Up

Ongoing projects:

Future Endeavours – Young People STEM Project
Creative Minds – Artistic Project for Adults
Art For Life – Paid Artistic Project for Adults
Reimagine – Young People’s Art & Performance Project


Events & News

Huge thank you to all who came along last Friday to celebrate the reopening of our beautifully refurbished Gallery, Shop and Cafe on Albert Street!
The new space included three brand new hot desking studios, a fully refurbished shop and cafe as well as an updated menu. Importantly we are proud to say that our entire building is now fully accessible following the installation of a brand new lift. The opening was hosted Pam Sidhu and we had wonderful speeches from our CEO Ruchita Shaikh as well as special guest speakers.


Il.luminar – Exhibition by Matthew Woodham & Benjamin Shirley-Quirk

Artcore Gallery reopened with Il.luminar – A collaborative research project and multimedia installation by Matthew Woodham & Benjamin Shirley-Quirk. This new work is an experiment in participation and linguistics. It highlights the obstacles of constructed realities and calls into question the production and dissemination of information. In a post-truth age when we are constantly expected to wade through a perpetual and fast moving stream of facts and fabrications. Il.Luminar challenges us to consider the unquantifiable nature of meaning and to differentiate reality and representation.


Shifting terrain open call

Shifting Terrain – Open Call

We will announce the two successful applicants from our open call, to take part in our next collaborative artist residency. The two artists in residence will be supported by Artcore curators and who will work alongside artist Melitta Nemeth to co-curate and feature in the exhibition.

Follow the LINK to find out more


A New Artcore Film is Launching 

To coincide with the re-opening of Artcore Gallery we have commissioned a brand new film by the talented East Midlands based filmmaker Lewis Nightingale. Lew has created a heartwarming short for us featuring interviews from our: participants, the team, artists in residence and directors. watch the film here


Castleward Fun-day Celebration – Sunday 12th 1-6pm

Join the Artcore team for: fun games, great food, quizzes, crafts, face painting and much more on Liversage Square, Castleward Boulevard.


Interplay 17th June at Artcore Gallery

A night of creative performance in response to our current exhibition – Il.luminar, by Nottingham based creatives Matthew Woodham and Benjamin Shirley Quirk. The audience are invited to interact with and explore the themes of the exhibition through this immersive and playful evening.


Environmental Workshops Artcore Gallery 14th & 21st June

Co-creation workshops led by University of Derby Researcher Jamie Bird, exploring the impacts of our response to climate change on our personal feelings and communities.

On The Move With Felix Nussbaum
A touring exhibition from Felix Nussbaum Gesellschaft, Osnabrück, Germany at Artcore Gallery
24th June

This exhibition at Artcore Gallery is one iteration of the wider project; the international touring exhibition ‘On the move with Felix Nussbaum’ Through this project the Felix-Nussbaum-Haus has sent 20 reproductions of Nussbaum’s most important works on a journey and presented them in other European countries – The exhibition will strengthen connections between Derby and Osnabrück as Twin Cities, and offer an opportunity to reflect on the importance and impact of art during war and crisis.


On Youth Voice 24th June at the Maypole 

Young people up to the age of 25 are invited to come and take part in an
lyric writing and music-making workshop at the Maypole led in collaboration between Artcore and EMBAA. This is FREE workshop and refreshments will be provided.


Refugee Week 25th June at Artcore Gallery 

The music group from Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity Forum will come and showcase their talents and will be followed by an evening of world music by DJ Suki.

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