The Start of Something: Derby Visual Arts Summit




Derby Visual Arts Summit

Déda, 19 Chapel St, Derby DE1 3GU

Monday 22nd January 2018, 9.30am – 1.30pm

This event is FREE but booking is essential. Book a place.

Refreshments will be served

Derby Visual Arts Summit will comprise a morning of debate and discussion about the visual arts in Derby.

In recent months, summit conveners Artcore and Derby City Council Arts Development have both had a number of separate conversations with artists and creatives about gaps in provision and development opportunities for the sector have taken place in the city. Artcore have also been successfully running their Art Attachments project; this has highlighted significant interest in studio, residency and exhibition opportunities for early career artists.

This event aims to bring these conversations together, to explore what is currently working well and what gaps may exist and to generate consensus on priorities and ambition for the visual arts sector in Derby. It will also form part of the consultation for the new Derby Culture Strategy. This will provide opportunity and context for priorities highlighted by the sector to be taken forward.

Artist Anna Francis will be guest speaker. Her arts practice examines private histories, public space and civic languages; using forms of intervention, mapping, performance, consultation and photography to investigate the impact of art and culture on the regeneration of post-industrial cities. She has expertise in participatory consultation and production methods, site related and responsive art, art in regeneration contexts and the public realm and enterprise and commercial activities. Alongside her own practice Anna is a Director at AirSpace Gallery – a collaborative, artist led project in Stoke-on-Trent, providing professional development opportunities, studio and exhibiting space and support for artists. Anna is also Associate Professor in Fine Art and Social Practice and course leader on the BA Fine Art course at Staffordshire University.


Derby Visual Arts Summit is supported through CVAN EM’s project 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.