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Divine Locale presents the City’s only graduate-led Art festival – funded by Derby News

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)

Amy Scott-Pillow: ‘THE HOPE’ is created from the signage of a 70’s working class pub, a pub full of history and community, with alcoholic regulars and quirky landlords. The pub is long gone, yet it is remembered through archives and anecdotal stories of the local people. It is not the image of a cosy country pub with a hand painted sign of a single beautiful rose to distinguish it from it’s neighbouring properties; it is a sign that typifies it’s era and local community

Jennifer explains:

‘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.’

Amanda Lwin : LORDSHIP is a project celebrating a real house on Lordship Road in London. Beyond the ordinary-looking facade, the building has an almost mythic quality – of being out-of-place, of living a life apart from the rest of the city. It tells many stories: the cult of transgressive youth; set alongside post-war heritage and large-scale regeneration. These glass sculptures are an attempt to crystalise and capture some of these stories

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.

Georgia Preece: The Brexit Plan responds to a recurring state of job uncertainty within the UK motor industry; which in the lead up to Brexit mirrors the early downfall of the Birmingham based car manufacturer British Leyland in the late 1970s. Working with a combination of photographic, art and design techniques I reflect upon parallels between the political state of the UK within the two time periods, responding to the wider role of the British motor industry and the work force that drives it.

Victor Buehring: [25] Pockets of [Manchester] was generated through unplanned encounters in Manchester. Participants gave away to the project an object possession and wrote on the picture frame, directions for the next location and person, or ‘pocket’ in Manchester to be visited. The trail of referrals from person to person continued until there was no space left on the frame. The objects received from participants are now incorporated into this framed bricolage.

Shannon Warren: The work references the architecture of an allotment shed and Derby university, as architecture is simplified down into these colourful and geometric compositions. The two pieces explores the fundamentals of line, shape and colour and how architecture has become abstracted.

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.

Mairead McVeigh : My response to locality is expressed within two fantasy cities. Ghostly shapes mark the familiarity of large cities, yet not enough to be definitive of a particular place. Is this a direct result of the homogenisation and gentrification of our individual towns? My virtual reality and computer generated spaces contemplate the universal and recursive nature of modern day living.

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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