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The latest news from producers, makers, venues and events organisers from around Derby and Derbyshire. If you have news to add to this page, then email us to let us know about it:

Fringe supports dementia training

An informative, open-to-all Dementia Friends training session took place recently at the Fire Station Community Room, organised by Buxton Festival Fringe. Keen to make its summer arts event more inclusive, the Fringe arranged for dementia awareness campaigner Keith Horncastle to offer practical ideas and training at the session which was attended by representatives from The Green Man Gallery, Buxton Art Trail and Buxton Film as well members of the Fringe committee. The Fringe hopes to repeat the training later in the year.

Life Drawing May's Session

Places left for Sunday 19 May 2019

This month, our life model is Rachel and, as usual, the untutored session starts at 10am and will finish at around 12.30pm, including a 30 minute break part-way through.

Refreshments are available and included within the price but you are welcome to bring your own along if you wish. The session costs £12.50 and you will need to bring your own drawing materials and equipment along for use during the session.


Ashford Art Group Annual Show

Ashford Art Group will hold the Annual Show throughout Welldressing Week, from Saturday, 15th June, to Sunday, 23rd June.  This year, for the first time, the Show will be in the Ashford War Memorial Institute. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is free.  


A wide selection of artwork is displayed for sale at affordable prices.  Artist members are present to greet visitors and  to talk about the work shown.  We hope you will enjoy your visit.

High peak trail set to reopen for bank holiday fun

Fans of the great outdoors will soon be able to explore a popular route for walking, riding and cycling once more now that Derbyshire County Council has confirmed plans to install a temporary bridge on the High Peak Trail.

A section of the trail was forced to close on 17 April after an HGV ran into a bridge which carried the trail over the B5056 near Brassington, causing extensive damage.

Now a steel bridge will be lifted into place on Sunday 19 May as a temporary measure so the route can be re-opened while plans to re-build a permanent bridge are drawn-up. 


Thank you to everyone who has visited FORMAT19 so far. This year has been hugely successful and there is still time to catch the remaining exhibitions below, all open until Sunday 9th June

QUAD Gallery One 

ARTISTS : Max Pinckers, Edgar Martins, Stefanie Moshammer, Amani Willett, Anne Golaz and Virginie Rebetez.

Curated by Tim Clark and Louise Fedotov-Clements

QUAD Gallery Two

Curated by Louise Fedotov-Clements

and Peter Bonnell

Assembly Rooms - have your say

Members of the public and stakeholders are being invited to have their say on the proposed plans to transform the Assembly Rooms into a vibrant new cultural venue in the city centre.

Bondholder Derby City Council is holding a period of stakeholder/ public engagement between Monday 13 May and Friday 24 May on the emerging designs for the Assembly Rooms.