October 2018 at Artcore

Hello from Artcore,

October is going to be an exciting month at Artcore as our Innocence and Expression Saturday workshops for Young People take off, we launch our much anticipated In Real Life exhibition, and host a djembe drumming workshop led by Nikki from Tribal Vibes.

We also have an exciting range of workshops coming up in October including Seeing Silk with Nikki Dennett, Art Dolls with Liz Blades, Creative Expression with Emerciana Desouza, Design Magic with Bob Moulder, and Surreal Collective with Tom Robertson. We will be taking part in a market place event with Umbrella and will have a stall at the Derby Mini Maker Faire at the Eagle Market on Saturday 27th October.

We had a busy September with our Art in Health Day, our Artist Talk with Helen Starr, and our involvement in Derby Festé. Read on for details about these events and our other news and opportunities.


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Dates for your Diary

Art Enhancing Life – Community Art Workshops
Mondays –  1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th October 2018 – 10am-1pm
Our Stories – Creative Workshop for Migrant Communities
Tuesdays – 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th October 2018 – 10am-12pm
Art Enhancing Life – Health and Wellbeing Art Workshops
Wednesdays – 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st October– 10am-12pm
Ceramic Course for Beginners
Wednesdays – 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st October – 6-8pm
£20 per session

Drop in Ceramic Sessions
Thursdays – 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th October – 6-8pm
£10 an hour
Art Enhancing Life – Education and Learning Workshops
Fridays – 5th, 12th October – 4:30-6:30pm

Innocence & Expression – Creative Workshops for Young People
Saturdays– 6th, 20th October – 2-4pm

Djembe Drumming workshop with Tribal Vibes
Wednesday 10th October – 6-7pm
In Real Life Exhibition Launch
Thursday 18th October – 6-8pm
To book a place on any of our events please email coordinator@artcoreuk.com or call 01332 384561

Latest News

Derby Mini Makers Faire 2018

Saturday 27th October

On the last Saturday in October, Craftcore will have a stall at the Derby Mini Maker Faire taking place in the Eagle Market attached to the Intu Derby Shopping Centre. Craftcore will be selling some of the products that are currently on display in our Craft Shop, as well as some new products our Craft Club are in the process of designing and creating.

There will be loads of other stalls at the Faire, plus visitors from all over Derbyshire and beyond! Come along to get involved in creative activities and to find beautiful items hand-crafted by local designer-makers.

START project

This year’s Start programme has begun! In collaboration with Déda, we are introducing young people to the arts on a year long journey that will inspire them, enhance their experience and encourage them to become artists.

Artcore at Derby Festé
Saturday 29th September 2018

You couldn’t miss the bright and colourful Circus & Carnival Parade at Derby Festé!

We joined Déda to celebrate 250 Years of Circus and kick off the exciting Saturday Programme. We helped the streets come to life in a joyful parade which included young people from Becket, Bemrose, Ashgate and Port Way Junior Schools and dancers from the Bosnian Community Centre and Hindu Temple. It was great to see the local community come together to showcase and enjoy the new skills they’d learnt.


Volunteering at Artcore

Want to become more involved in Artcore?
Looking to gain some experience in a thriving arts organisation?
Have some free time to get more involved in your community?
At Artcore are currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with marketing, events, workshops, exhibitions and more!
Join us for a cup of tea and a chat about how you can get involved, to register your interest email admin@artcoreuk.com or call us on 01332 384561


Art Enhancing Life - Community
Seeing Silk with Nicki Dennett
Throughout October our Monday morning community focused Art Enhancing Life workshops will be led by Nicki Dennett and will explore the ancient art of silk painting. Having originated in China over 2000 years ago, silk painting involves applying coloured pigment to silk. It relies more on preparing boundaries for the paint and less on brushes. Modern day techniques use a simple outline and dye method making silk painting as easy as filling in a colouring book and accessible to all. In the five sessions we will be creating beautiful transparent silk window hangings and silk scarves that you can take away and wear for years. In the last couple of weeks, we will have a go at block printing onto silk squares.

Mondays - 8th 15th, 22nd, 29th October 2018, 10am-1pm

FREE, booking essential due to limited spaces
Please email coordinator@artcoreuk.com or call 01332 384561 to book a place

If you are interested to find out more about AEL community
please visit: http://www.artcoreuk.com/art-enhancing-life/art-enhancing-life-community/


Our Stories
Art dolls and soft sculptures with Liz Blades

The Our Stories workshops for refugee and migrant communities will be led by Liz Blades throughout October. In these sessions the groups will experiment with embroidery, sewing methods and fabric painting techniques to design and make art dolls and sculptures crafted from cloth.

Tuesday - 16th, 23rd, 30th October 2018, 10am-12pm

FREE, booking essential due to limited spaces
Please email coordinator@artcoreuk.com or call 01332 384561 to book a place
If you are interested to find out more about Our Stories
please visit: http://www.artcoreuk.com/ourstories/


Art Enhancing Life - Health & Well-being
Creative Expression with Emerciana Desouza

In September Emerciana Desouza will be leading the Wednesdays workshops with a focus on mixed media experimentation to promote well-being through self-regulation and integrated mindfulness.

Wednesday- 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st October 2018, 10am-1pm
FREE, booking essential due to limited spaces
Please email coordinator@artcoreuk.com or call 01332 384561 to book a place
If you are interested to find out more about AEL health and well-being
please visit: http://www.artcoreuk.com/art-enhancing-life/art-enhancing-life-health/


Art for Life

Art for life is an innovative, engaging exploration of Art forms to spark expression, promote well-being and renewed passion for life.
These sessions are money well spent. For 2 hours on a Wednesday 1-3pm at £10.00 per hour you will be encouraged to experiment with different art forms, to socialise, and to practice your creativity. Materials and refreshments are included.

Call to book on 01332384561 or email coordinator@artcoreuk.com and let Art for Life Spark your Life!

You will definitely enjoy it!  Book early to avoid disappointment!

Creative Living

Creative Living supports people aged 55 and over in Derby to live rich and fulfilling lives within their communities. Join us in a creative session, for a friendly chat over a cup of tea and meet new people.

To find out more about Creative living please visit the blog: 

Creative Movement (by Déda)
Every Monday - 10am-12pm
Venue: Cantley Close, Shelton Lock Derby - DE24 9RB

Art Sessions (by Artcore)
Every Thursday - 10am - 12pm
Venue: Cantley Close, Shelton Lock Derby - DE24 9RB
For more information or to book a place, email coordinator@artcoreuk.com or call 01332 384 561

Art Enhancing Life - Education 
Design Magic with Bob Moulder

Our after-school Friday workshops for children will be continuing in October at their usual time, 4:30-6:30pm. Bob Moulder will be leading these workshops in creating and marketing magic potions. Participants will have to decide what their magic potion is for, such as curing the common cold or combating evil monsters, and what its ingredients are.

They would then have to produce a company logo, design the packaging and create an advertising poster. If there is time they can also film an advert. They will also use digital tools like Photoshop to create graphic elements for marketing the potions.
Fridays - 5th, 12th October, 4:30-6:30pm
FREE, booking essential due to limited spaces
Please email coordinator@artcoreuk.com or call 01332 384561 to book a place
If you are interested to find out more about AEL Education and Learning
please visit: http://www.artcoreuk.com/art-enhancing-life/art-enhancing-life-education/

Innocence & Expression
A workshop aimed at ages 6-18, designed to be an interactive, social and collaborative set of sessions for those involved. Participants will gain an understanding of designing and working with others. The workshops will initially explore three different mediums, with a focus on one medium per session. The three subsequent sessions would work around building up a large scale 2D collaborative artwork demonstrating what each participant has learned through each of the previous weeks workshops.

Over the weeks of the course the group will build a surreal collective image constructed from broken fragments of drawings and collages. This will demonstrate what each participant has learnt individually as well as how they have worked together as a group. Tom will encourage the group to think creatively and to keep the drawing varied and interesting.

Saturday 22nd September, 2-4pm
Innocence and Expression will run on alternate Saturdays throughout the first school term

FREE, booking essential due to limited spaces
To book a place email coordinator@artcoreuk.com or call 01332 384561

If you are interested to find out more about the Innocence and Expression programme,
please visit: http://www.artcoreuk.com/innocence-expressions/

Ceramic Course for Beginners

Wednesdays, 6-8pm
£20 per session

Following the popularity of the five week Ceramic Course that ran through July and August, Artcore have decided to continue the course each Wednesday. The new series began on Wednesday 26th September and will cover pinch pots, slab pots, coil pots, sculptures, surface decoration, and throwing on the potter’s wheel.

Session are led by Jane Smith, a practising artist and PhD student, who has a wealth of experience working in clay and ceramics.
Booking essential
To book your place please email chiara@artcoreuk.com or call 01332 384561

Drop-in Ceramic Sessions
Thursdays, 6-8pm
£10 per hour

Ideal for art students or ceramicists without access to a studio space or potter’s wheel, our drop-in ceramic sessions on Thursdays evenings are an opportunity to make use of our equipment and space in a unstructured ceramic session. These sessions are also an opportunity for individuals who have completed our Ceramic Course for Beginners to continue their practice in our studio.

No need to book ahead, just turn up!

Collaboration of the month

Tribal Vibes
Djembe Drumming Workshop

On Wednesday 10th October from 6-7pm Nikki Fenwick from Tribal Vibes will be running a djembe drumming workshop in Artcore’s Gallery space.

This session is ideal for adults and children aged 8+ and will include basic drumming techniques, playing rhythms as a group, and freestyle jamming. No musical experience necessary and all djembe drums provided.

£5 per person, booking essential.

To book your place email nikki@tribalvibes.net or call Nikki on 01283 225741

Artcore Online Gallery

Artcore Gallery Online offers a platform for both established and emerging artist.  Showcasing an extensive selection of unique artworks by the finest emerging talent, Artcore Gallery gives the opportunity to invest in an artist early in their career.  We retain the highest standards through carefully chosen artists and a rigorous selection processes, to ensure quality artworks.

Please visit our website to find out more about Artcore gallery:

If you are an artist and you would like to display your artworks on our online gallery,
please click here to register.

Click here to register now

Designed to Addict! Artist Talk with Helen Starr
IRL Residency - Thursday 27th September, 11am-1pm

As part of our In Real Life residency, Artcore hosted an artist talk on Thursday 27th September with Helen Starr, founder of The Mechatronic Library. Titled Designed to Addict, Helen’s talk looked at inner-workings of social media algorithms, and exposed how they were created with the intention of getting us addicted to their platforms. Touching on human physiology, psychology, and ethics, Helen led a discussion of how notifications from Facebook and other applications trigger a dopamine response in the brain. This surge of dopamine provides us with a positive emotional response, similar to seeing a smile or receiving positive feedback. However, receiving such an overload of dopamine builds up our tolerance to it, and ultimately leads to addiction. 

More worrying, receiving likes and shares on social media platforms also produces a surge of another hormone, oxytocin. Dubbed ‘the cuddle hormone’, oxytocin is typically produced when touching another human, something that would normally only happen a few times a day. However, studies have shown that increased levels of oxytocin can also create insular sentiments and ultimately lead to xenophobia and hostility. Helen discussed what all this means for us, and how artists can help us interpret this ever more tangled digital world.

Claim the Sky, Meet the Artists
Health and Well-being exhibition

On the 20th September, Artcore hosted  Claim the Sky: Meet the artists, an evening designed for our audience to discover more about the artists and the researches  behind the works on display.

The whole event was structured  as an open conversation, shaped around  how arts help meet challenges in health and social care associated with ageing, loneliness, long-term conditions and mental health. The exhibition focussing on the theme of health and wellbeing features the work of eight local artists: Nicki Dennett, Victoria Brown, Theresa Hempsall, Tom Robertson, Clare Morgan, Jane Smith, Katie Petraitis, and Martin Hyde. Each of the exhibiting artists have been involved in Artcore’s health and wellbeing programme either through leading workshops or other creative activities.

Taking its name from Maya Angelou’s Caged Bird, Claim the Sky examines the uplifting and restorative qualities of visual art and draws upon themes of social inclusion, self-healing, and interactions with the natural world. Artists involved have regularly worked at Artcore with individuals with learning difficulties, physical and mental health problems, and children and adults with special needs. Through their work we have seen the therapeutic and restorative effects art can have on people’s health and wellbeing, this exhibition aims to promote and demonstrate these healing qualities of visual art.

We would like to say thank you for who came and joined us alongside the eight artists in the show!

Stories from August

Art in Health Day

On 26th of September we opened our doors to celebrate how art can be used to enhance our health and wellbeing. People joined us to explore the benefits of different artforms on our mental and physical health. We had a variety of activities from making music with Tribal Vibes to creating beautiful clay press moulds with our artist Jane Smith. In our gallery we encouraged people to try out yoga and improve their physical health surrounded by our Claim the Sky exhibition. Ami, a henna artist also joined us to decorate people that came with intricate mandalas.

We were joined by some amazing organisations doing great work throughout Derby. Charities such as Borderline Arts, Women’s Work, Healthy Housing, Public Health and Cancer Research shared their knowledge and gave out advice to improve our health awareness. Our community artist Dawn of Wheelbears shared her story with some of her cuddly friends and Think like a Tree discussed her natural workshops and practice.

We also had some great products available to buy including items from the vegan makeup brand Arbonne and souvenirs from our very own craft club here at Artcore. We’d like to thank all the individuals and organisations who helped us and make this event possible.

For everyone that joined us we’d like to thank you for coming together and celebrating art’s place in improving health and wellbeing. By discussing and sharing with these great organisations we hope you learnt as much as us and can share with others the importance of looking after ourselves.

Work Experience at Artcore
Njomza Ginaj, 15

"When my school offered work experience, I sincerely didn’t have high expectations. I mean, a chance to skip school for a week seemed amazing but there were still some pending thoughts that this could be a mediocre, slightly awkward experience. However, Artcore made sure to prove me wrong. Even though it was my first time here, the welcoming atmosphere and the interesting events that filled my day opened my eyes to a whole new side of the art industry that I was unaware of. The diverse communities that I was able to meet gave me an insight in the way Artcore made a difference in other’s lives. I am forever grateful in the new perspective I have gained.

The activities that I aided in were drastically different to the ones at school. Being given the chance to see the way my effort made people smile will always be carved in my memories. The work allowed me to develop a vast range of skills such as teamwork, communication and time management. That was due to the tasks which involved me working in a team for a deadline such as preparing for an open event. To be treated independently for the first time has motivated me in working hard towards my own future career."

Craftcore at Lush Derby

29th and 30th September 2018
Over the last weekend in September, Craftcore held a stall at the Lush store in Intu Derby to promote the work we do in supporting emerging designer-makers. Artcore volunteers and members of Craft Club were present at the stall over the weekend to engage with the public about all things Artcore, Craftcore and Craft Club.

During this busy weekend, the profits of any 'charity pot' products sold in Lush Derby went to Craftcore, in order to support the Craft Club project that aims to make talented workshop participants more economically and socially active through creating, marketing, and selling high-quality craft items. Thank you to everyone who came and saw us at Lush and thanks to Lush Derby for their generous support of our aims and values.

To find out more about Craft Club see:

Venue Hire

We have high quality, affordable spaces available to hire in our building in Derby city centre - which is easily accessible by public transport and also close to car parking facilities. All of our meeting rooms are fully-serviced and include Wi-Fi, some also feature projectors and screens for presentations. Prices start from as low as £10 per hour. We welcome bookings from all businesses, communities and voluntary sector organisations.

For more information about our meeting rooms, contact us on 01332 384 561 or admin@artcoreuk.com

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