QUAD in Derby will be holding events as part of ‘A Year of Wellbeing’ which will be celebrated with exhibitions and special events throughout 2018, culminating in March 2019.

Transforming lives through participation in arts and film is one of QUAD’s founding principles. Offering exhibitions, screenings and wide-ranging education and participation activities, the organisation is proud of its contribution to arts and health practice in Derby.

QUAD’s Year of Wellbeing programme begins with events supporting national initiatives including: Derby Peace Week (23rd – 29th April), Mental Health Awareness Week (14th – 20th May), Dying Matters Week (14th – 20th May) and Dementia Action Week (21st – 27th May).

The programme of events launches in April with a Wellbeing Symposium in QUAD, which will explore the potential of arts and culture to improve wellbeing. Open to organisations and individuals, and particularly arts and health professionals, it offers a chance to find out more about wellbeing and possibilities for collaboration and future developments. QUAD Wellbeing Symposium takes place in QUAD on Thursday 12th April from 1.00pm to 4.00pm, it is free to attend and tickets are available through QUAD Box Office.

As part of Derby Peace Week, artist Mark Neville will lead a Tour of his exhibition Battle Against Stigma in QUAD Gallery followed by a talk in QUAD Gallery. Mark will be explaining his work in Afghanistan as an official British War Artist, his battle with PTSD on returning home and his campaign to highlight the stories of veterans also suffering from PTSD, and how this led him to make new work on the estimated 1.8 million internally displaced Ukrainians resulting from the war in the Donbas. Mark Neville’s Derby Peace Week Exhibition Tour and Talk takes place in QUAD Gallery on Saturday 28th April, from 1:00pm, it is free to attend and tickets are available through QUAD Box Office

The Battle Against Stigma exhibition in QUAD Gallery features photographs, films, emails from former service personnel that recounts Neville’s own personal experience when he was sent out to Helmand in 2011 as an official war artist. The exhibition is intended to give some insight into the issue of adjustment disorder and PTSD which he suffered from on his return to the UK. Paired with the films, photographs and e-mails relating to Neville’s Helmand experience, are photographs and video interviews he made in Ukraine in 2017. The exhibition will connect with veterans, artists, academics, charities and policy makers, uniting the different sectors of society necessary to address improved mental healthcare for service personnel. Battle Against Stigma can be seen in QUAD Gallery until 10th June.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, QUAD will be hosting a Book Launch and Discovery Event with Derbyshire Mind. Karen Clegg will launch her inspiring book of poetry and art, created as she moved through diagnoses, treatment and recovery from cancer, there will also be a chance to find out about Derbyshire Mind’s activities and services. Book Launch and Discovery Event with Derbyshire Mind takes place in QUAD on Thursday 17th May from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, the event is free to attend.

As part of Dying Matters Week, QUAD will host a Dying Matters Information Event to offer information and advice about end-of-life planning and bereavement. Organised by G. Wathall & Son Ltd, the event offers a chance to engage with multiple organisations to ask questions and talk openly about end-of-life issues. Dying Matters Information Event takes place in QUAD on Friday 18th May from 10:00am to 2:00pm, the event is free to attend.

For more information on QUADs Year Of Wellbeing or on any of the events, please contact creativewellbeing@derbyquad.co.uk

To book places on any of the events go to: https://www.derbyquad.co.uk or contact or call QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606.