August was a fun filled month with Creativity and Noise at Artcore

In August we had our first event back at Charnwood Street since reopening as we launched our new project 'In Our Thoughts.' This was a wonderful opportunity to meet new volunteers as well as introduce the project through Zoom to local coordinators. Staff and volunteers have also been back in the office, it's been lovely to actually see people in person, although it has been enjoyable to see everyones houses and their pets through zoom.

Even though we are back in the office, our workshops are currently still online. Over the last few months it has been great to see how Facebook Live Crafternoon sessions have developed into zoom sessions allowing participants to interact and create together. Our Saturday Innocence and Expression animation sessions, has been brilliant to see the children's imaginations come to life. During  September, all our online sessions will be focused around self-reflection with the theme of Me, Myself and I. We continue to Stay Connected online with Mindful activities, access support and tech support.

This month has been filled with exciting online community-based activities as well as focussing on returning back to our physical spaces in Charnwood Street and Derby City Centre.  We are very pleased to announce the launch of our first show post lockdown with John Newling's, 'The Sharing Of Uncertainty', launching on the 25th September. Due to COVID-19 and making sure all our spaces follow the safety guidelines we have devised a slot system with limited capacity so that you may be able to come to see the art in our gallery space in real life.

We have some great opportunities that we have released, specifically, the Artcore Associate Call Out. We want to diversify our pool of associates and help support creatives in developing their work whether it may be specific skills, their creative practice or a project idea. Co-production models are a way to move forward and allow us as an organisation to work with individuals on a ground level. If you are an artist, curator, art technician who has an idea or would like to build on certain skills, please contact us!

We received an immense response with over 80 applications for our artist in residency program which will commence mid-September. The theme of Present Tense, Future Perfect? is more relevant now than ever before. In this point of ecological and social worldwide crisis, art is one of the pillars of reflection and the vision behind what is possible in the future. We are also excited to have artists coming to our space and creating work in Derby. While a lot has changed in the last 6 months it is both comforting and exciting to know that we are still moving forward embracing both the old and new.


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