QUAD in Derby has received a total of over £180,000.00 in funding to deliver creative education projects over the next two years. QUAD have received funding for four projects to;

  • Explore digital skills with Da Vinci Academy in Derby
  • Explore photography skills with Horizons 6th Form and St Martins school
  • Develop photography, art and digital media skills as part of QUAD’s ‘School in Residence’ programme with Da Vinci Academy, Derby Moor Academy, Horizons 6th Form, St Clare’s School and The William Allitt School
  • Coordinate creative opportunities and lead the digital platform #This Is Digital with young people as part of the Derby Essential Life Skills Consortium ‘#This Is Derby’ programme across the city

QUAD has partnered with Da Vinci Academy for a Digital Capabilities project giving Year 9 students the opportunity to experiment with different digital equipment and techniques as part of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) agenda funded by the Derby Opportunity Area fund via the Department for Education. Students will engage in workshops with professional artists whilst exploring the creative application and real-life professional contexts of digital media and technology. The aim of the programme is for participants to build a range of key skills, develop knowledge of digital design, coding and gaming technologies, and to understand the broader context and transferability of these skills.

QUAD has partnered with Horizon’s 6th Form and St Martins School for a photography programme as part of the STEAM agenda, funded by the Derby Opportunity Area fund via the Department for Education. The programme will focus on experimenting with different photographic equipment and processes and exploring the creative application and professional photography. Students will produce photographic work that will be exhibited as part of FORMAT International Photography Festival, taking place across the city in March.

QUAD received funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for its ‘School in Residence’ programme over the next two years, working with Da Vinci Academy, Derby Moor Academy, Horizons 6th Form, St Clare’s School and The William Allitt School. The programme will test the impact of creative learning at QUAD on student achievement and progression. QUAD and the participating schools will explore how working together in a long-term programme can support longevity of skills development across the curriculum and beyond, as well as giving insights into creative career pathways, including exhibiting the resulting artwork in QUAD.

QUAD is also part of the Consortium delivering the #This Is Derby programme, an exciting new project for young people in Derby, led by Derby County Community Trust in collaboration with Derby Cultural Education Partnership and Derby Sport Forum, funded by the Derby Opportunity Area fund via the Department for Education. #This Is Derby is offering a range of opportunities to young people, aged five to eighteen, a chance to take part in arts, sport and creative activities around the city. The activities are taking place in schools, community centres, youth clubs, cultural and sporting venues in Derby, giving young people from all backgrounds a greater opportunity to develop skills such as confidence, motivation, resilience and communication which will support social mobility. QUAD are leading on #This Is Digital strand, coordinating a range of opportunities for young people to learn digital, photographic, film and web building skills, including designing the #This Is Derby website.

Will Turner from Derby County Community Trust added

“#This Is Derby is an innovative and exciting new project which sees the sports and arts sectors of the city come together to better the futures of Derby’s youngsters.”

“The challenge we face is huge as the stats speak for themselves, we sit at 303rd out 324th for social mobility in the country. We need to change, work together and grow to make sure our young people are progressing, achieving and believing in themselves. ‘This Is Derby’ is new, exciting and collaborative, and we are thrilled to be working on ‘closing the gap’ for those young people whose lives are essentially determined by the postcode they were born in.”

#This Is Derby is project is being delivered by Derby County Community Trust in partnership with Derby Sport Forum and Derby’s Cultural Education Partnership, encompassing Derby Theatre, Derby Museums, Derby QUAD, Déda, Sinfonia Viva, Artcore, Music Partnership, EMCCAN and Baby People.

QUAD has also recruited a new Creative Education Co-ordinator, Daisy Lloyd, to help run the creative education funded programmes QUAD.

“We are really excited to be working on the additional funded projects as part of QUAD’s enhanced educational offer. Since September 2018 the projects have brought in over 620 additional visits by young people from all over the city into QUAD to enjoy creative and digital learning opportunities.”

As part of the funded STEAM programmes, QUAD is hosting a ‘Season of Inspiration’ for school, college, university and home educated students and teachers. The next event in QUAD, part of the Inspirational Speaker programme, is a talk by Wildlife Photographer Jack Perks. Jack’s work has featured on Springwatch, Countryfile, The One Show and The Great British Year, he specialises in wildlife and underwater photography and also lectures at Nottingham and Nottingham Trent Universities. Jack will be talking about his work and his passion for photographing less popular animals including reptiles, insects and fish.

Jack Perks: Wildlife Photographer Inspirational Speaker Event is free and takes place in QUAD on Thursday 7th February, from 10.15am to 11.30am. The event is ideal for students of Year 7 and above. There are limited places, to book seats and for further information please email Daisy Lloyd.