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Creative Derbyshire

Creative Derbyshire is a programme of support and development for artists, arts organisations and creative businesses across Derbyshire.  Our focus is on developing the creative economy in Derbyshire and fostering a culture of innovation and artistic excellence.

This page gives a series of links for businesses to a variety of useful websites.

artists information company

a-n is the artist's information company. 
Through advocacy and information and from the perspective of artists, a-n's mission is to stimulate and support contemporary visual arts practice and affirm the value of artists in society.

Arts Council EnglandArts Council England is the national development agency and funding body for the arts in England.  It works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people's lives.  Arts Council England supports a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, and carnival to crafts.

axis

Axis is an online resource for information about contemporary art.
The website features profiles of professional artists and curators, interviews, discussions, art news, debates and showcases the artists to watch.

Business LinkBusiness Link is the government's online resource for business. Creative Greenhouse

Creative Greenhouse helps and supports artists and creative businesses based in Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire.  It offers information through the website and provides localised networking events and workshops designed to deal with topical issues relating to creative business.  

Creative Industries Federation: Arts Derbyshire is a member of the Creative Industries Federation, the national membership organisation for the public arts, cultural education and the creative industries. Creative Industries Federation

Creative and Cultural SkillsCreative & Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for Craft, Cultural Heritage, Design, Literature, Music, Performing and Visual Arts. Creative & Cultural Skills bridges the gap between industry, education and the government, to give employers a real influence over education and skills in the UK.


D2N2D2N2  is the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Local Enterprise Partnerships are locally-owned partnerships between local authorities and businesses. They play a central role in deciding local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and create local jobs. D2N2 is one of the largest LEPs in England covering an area with a population of over 2 million people and economic output of over £36 billion. One of the eight key sectors prioritised by D2N2 is the creative and digital industries. Please see below for the strategic action plan for the creative and digital industries in D2N2, published in May 2015.

Derbyshire Observatory - The Derbyshire Observatory provides lots of information about the local economy.

Design factoryDesign Factory is a not-for-profit organisation that is committed to the long-term development and growth of the region's creative talent.  Our mission is to be one of the best creative development agencies in the UK providing an international platform for the promotion and sustainable development of the regionís thriving craft and design sector. 


East Midlands Chamber deliver a wide range of services across both counties to its members and the wider business community.East Midlands Chamber

EMPAF - East Midlands Participatory Arts Forum, supports participatory arts to transform lives and generate success. EMPAF


EMVAN The East Midlands Visual Arts Network is part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network which supports Arts Council Englandís ten year strategy to strengthen the national visual arts sector, in total there are eleven regional networks, and has been functioning since 2008 with the aim of establishing and amplifying the voice of a united sector in the East Midlands. EMVAN currently operates through a steering group that has worked together to explore ways of working and priority work areas.Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust is a youth charity that helps change young lives.  The Prince's Trust gives practical and financial support and helps to develop key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation.  The Trust works with 14 to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.

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