Starting this Friday, 18th August, is Derby’s only grassroots, graduate-led Art festival directed by young artists. It is being promoted by Divine Locale, which was co-founded by Jennifer Birch and Jade Foster (both graduates from University of Derby), and the event is being funded by Derby News ( through the 1st Community Grant)
‘The aim of Divine locale is to exhibit the work of emerging and graduate artists in Derby; a city with a growing art community. We are showcasing 25 artists in total from all round the UK, making space and opportunities for creatives and bringing that diverse skill set to the city. This project has been a great opportunity for many; to work on our professional practice and develop our skills post graduating. Having graduated just a month ago, we have turned this festival round in a short space of time, to create an interesting and sustainable festival suitable for all, we hope to make it part of Derby’s annual art calendar.’
The festival is located at 2 venues. No. 2 , The Spot (opposite Poundland, DE1 2NZ), and St Werburgh’s Church on Friar Gate ( adjacent to junction with Curzon Street). The Church location is for special screening events, The Spot will be open from 11am – 6pm until 1 September 2017, with the opening night being 18th August from 6pm-9pm.
The curating and positioning of all of the pieces of Art is a meticulous and precise process.
The festival includes a range of Art including photography, paintings, silk screen prints, sculptures, performance art, and film pieces.
The theme of the festival is “Locality” and, in this spirit, with the support of East Street Arts it is making use of dis-used city centre spaces to present the exhibition. This large area has allowed the artists to present approximately 40 different pieces for viewing. Technical support, and equipment has been provided by the University of Derby which has allowed the festival to be more multi-disciplinary.
The concept is that future graduates from the University can pick up the “platform” from Divine Locale, and for it to become an established way in which young artists can exhibit their work to the public in Derby.
Derby News Community Grant
The Grant initiative is an on-going programme and is open to all. The focus is on small organisations, ( and individuals), in Derby, and surrounding areas, who are struggling to get funding for important projects. You can apply for a few tens/hundreds or thousand of pounds. More information on the Community Grant page,
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