During our final Art Cafe Exchange members of the arts community listened to informative talks and had the opportunity to network with each other and the day’s speakers. The topic for this artist dialogue focussed on the complex relationship between India and Britain. Stephen Munn engaged us with information on this year’s Derby Festé as a development from the visit to the state of Gujurat in 2015 for Re:imagine India. Derby Festé arrives on 29 and 30 September, transforming Derby into a playground and offering opportunities for artists, performers and volunteers.
Ivan Smith shared his inspiring experience of the art residency Sandarbh in India. He discussed the customs he saw which gave context to his works. He detailed the challenges he faced during that time and how these have framed his practice since.
Artcore’s current artists in residence, Victoria Brown and Nicki Dennett, also gave an up-date of their experience of their art Attachment residency at Artcore so far. They each thought about their personal connections to India and it’s associations to Yoga, flowers and patterns. They are working towards their exhibition at Deda launching on 27th September. Thank you to everyone who has attended our four Art Café Exchange talks, they have been hugely successful with many positive outcomes. We see a need for it to continue in order to create a space to share opportunities and facilitate creative discussions in Derby to the wider artistic community.
Over 20 members of the arts community attended Artcore’s third Art Café Exchange on 26th May. Visitors listened to informative talks, shared a healthy lunch, and had the opportunity to network and talk to the speakers.
The topic for this artist dialogue focussed on the important connection between the arts and wellbeing. Enlightening talks were delivered by Mike Brown, Arts Development Manager at Derby City Council, who discussed his role as liaison between the arts and health sector; Fi Burke, Visual Arts curator at Air Arts, Derby Hospital’s Arts Programme shared the ethos of the Air Arts programme, explaining their activities and defining what they look for in potential artists.
Artcore’s current artists in residence, Martin Hyde and Theresa Hempsall, whose work will be displayed at London Road Community Hospital also gave an up-date of their experience of the residency so far, working towards their exhibition launch at Artcore on 23rd June, and LRCH on 7th July.
Amazing turnout for the second Art Cafe Exchange! Thanks to everyone who joined us, especially Andrea Hadley-Johnson for an inspiring perspective on how artists and museums can work together. Also a big thank you to our current Art Attachments artists Tracey Meek & Sonia Elizabeth Barrett for sharing their practice and future ideas with us