The Start of Something: Network: artists peer support in Derby

Network: artists peer support in Derby

The Meeting Room, First Floor, QUAD, Market Square, Derby, DE1 3AS

Saturday 16th June, 2 – 5pm

It’s free to attend, but places are extremely limited, so please book online or via QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606.

For further information please visit the website or contact Peter Bonnell:


Network is a peer to peer support and critique group for visual artists based in and around Derby. It is an opportunity to connect with other artists in a relaxed and friendly environment, to show and talk about your work and that of your peers, and to discuss the issues that affect us, including funding, exhibitions, and what it’s like being a visual artist in Derby and the East Midlands.

Our first event features an illustrated talk by Olivia Punnett, an artist and curator based at Haarlem Studios in Wirksworth. Olivia will talk about her practice and experience.

Each Network event is led by Tim Shore (CVAN EM Document artist) and Peter Bonnell (Senior Curator, QUAD) with meetings planned for every two months at QUAD throughout the year and for the foreseeable future.

We’re planning an afternoon full of conversation, information, talks and pecha kucha style portfolio presentations from artists attending Network.

Network is open to artists working in any media, at any stage in their career. Subsequent meetings will feature guest artists/curators who will talk about their practice, with the remainder of the time for artist presentations.


Olivia Punnett is an artist, curator & lecturer. She holds an MA with Distinction in Fine Art. Punnett’s practice is diverse, encompassing a range of media including printmaking, installation, film, and projection. In 2013 she was the recipient of the AHRC award for her Masters, and in 2015 was awarded the SIA commission from Sheffield Institute of Arts. Olivia is a member of The Editions publishing group, and her work is held in the British Library, The Tetley, Leeds, The Ruskin Archive and the Tate Library and Archive, Tate Britain.

For a further selection of images of Olivia’s work, visit:


Network: artists peer support in Derby is supported by CVAN East Midlands and The Start of Something.

The Start of Something is a project which, through conversation, seeks to bring people in the East Midlands together to explore a common goal, share experience and work collaboratively, ultimately to make things happen. Proposals for new conversations are invited at any time and CVAN EM will consider how it might support a conversation to take place to benefit the widest community and make the greatest difference within the region. Let us know if you would like to propose a topic.

Find out more about The Start of Something and the conversations that we have supported to date.