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Spin A Tale 8th May 2021

Darley Abbey Day 2021

Join us for this fabulous online premiere of “Spin A Tale”! Constella OperaBallet will take you on a virtual journey of enchanting performances, spinning tales through music, dance, song, theatre and design to explore and celebrate Darley Abbey’s place in history and the wider Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. There’s an opportunity to get […]

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The London Mothers

Performance & Film

Local artist Heidi Luker has been commissioned by the Derwent Valley Mills Heritage Site and Beam as part of the Great Place Scheme creative programme, to produce a performance and video documentation to explore the heritage of Willersley Castle in Cromford, Derbyshire and in particular its role as a maternity hospital during the Second World […]

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Tales of Derby Women Past

Poetry

Spoken word pieces by She Speaks UK poets On Friday 9th October 2020 17:30 – 18:15 the live launch of of ‘Tales of Derby Women Past’, spoken word pieces by She Speaks UK poets, took place. The event was created exclusively for the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site online Discovery Days Festival 2020 . […]

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Poetry

Thread by Seiko Kinoshita

Art Commission

A contemporary textiles installation and atmospheric lantern lit walk was created for the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site during October 2019. This major commission, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England for the World Heritage Site’s Great Place Scheme was the second of 3 programmed arts commissions. Entitled “Thread” and the […]

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Mr Arkwright by Jo Fairfax

Art Commission

Cromford Mills, where innovation changed the world, hosted an art installation which took those innovations in a whole new direction! The interactive art installation, designed by artist Jo Fairfax, was a water and cycle-powered drawing machine which took inspiration from Sir Richard Arkwright’s early career as he started out his journey as entrepreneur, inventor and […]

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Platelayer’s Walk

Sound Collage

On Sunday August 4th 2019, recording artist Jay Dean, (lead singer of Wirksworth based Goddesses and founder of Dubrek Studios in Derby), played for the first time a new sound composition in the historic railway workshops at High Peak Junction. This was the result of months of creative activity and collaboration, working with the team […]

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Tracey Meek

3D Installation & Soundscape

In 2019 local artist Tracey Meek was commissioned to take up an artist’s residency with Birdswood, a heritage narrowboat which runs trips along the Cromford Canal. Taking boat trips along the Canal and recording her journey she created a series of 3D collages, to make a bespoke pop up  installation and experience aboard Birdswood. Tracey […]

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Arts at Strutt House

Music & Poetry

Strutt’s North Mill Museum, Belper,  hosted an exciting event showcasing arts and music inspired by the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site on 19th May 2019.  This event offered a unique opportunity to see inside the Grade II* listed Strutt House and enjoy a range of specially crafted pieces of music, poetry, performances and activities […]

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Arts at Strutt House

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