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About us

Arts Derbyshire is the strategic arts organisation for the county; members include arts organisations, local authorities and public bodies with a remit for the arts.

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  • To provide a collective, strong and coherent voice for the arts

  • To raise the profile of the arts in Derbyshire

  • To enable effective joint working

  • To attract external funding for activities and projects

  • To enable information sharing and networking


  • Increasing Participation – to increase the number of people participating in or attending arts activities and events

  • Developing Talent and Building Capacity – to provide training and development for artists and arts organisations


To make Derbyshire an important artistic and cultural destination by 2015 and a location of choice for new creative businesses.


Arts Derbyshire has a Chair - Kalila Storey from People Express; a Vice Chair – Rachel Carter from Shed 2 Studios; and an Executive Officer – Ann Wright, Head of Arts at Derbyshire County Council. Read the new Chairperson's Statement below.

There are more than 100 member organisations, including everyone involved in the development of the professional arts in Derbyshire: the principal officers of the participatory and developmental arts organisations working within the county; umbrella arts and crafts organisations; Arts Development Officers or representatives from the county and district councils; festivals; and representatives from education, museums and social care.

Chair's Statement:

Hello. My name is Kalila Storey and I’m really thrilled to be the new Chair of Arts Derbyshire. I look forward to working alongside you all to champion the arts in Derbyshire and promote its importance around the County. 

There are so many wonderful artists and organisations in Derbyshire, that create so much exciting and innovative work, and I feel lucky to live and work in a County that is such a culturally thriving area.

Through my work with People Express, I witness on a daily basis the life-changing impact that the arts have on people in our communities. In a time when the economic climate is affecting those most vulnerable in our society, the arts provides an opportunity for people to nourish their own wellbeing, allowing them to experiment and play and explore what it is to be human. 

I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the arts and through my time as chair I look forward to working alongside each of you to make sure that together, we continue to make this a reality for Derbyshire.


Three conferences have been held to date; in July 2012, Arts Derbyshire held its first conference at the Level Centre in Rowsley; in February 2014 the second conference was held at the Assembly Rooms in Chesterfield and in November 2014 the third conference was held at The King George Gallery, Ilkeston.

To find out more about latest conference, please visit our Conference page.

Programmes of work:

Arts Derbyshire’s current programmes of work are:

  • artsderbyshire – the online information hub for everything about the arts in Derbyshire

  • Arts, Health & Wellbeing – programmes of arts activity to promote mental or physical health and wellbeing

  • Audience Development - programmes of arts activity to support arts organisations with their audience development and to test out new ways of promoting arts activity

  • Creative Derbyshire – a programme of support and development for artists and arts businesses

  • Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Arts – a series of programmes of arts activity in the DVMWHS to promote the Site and bring its history to life

  • Derbyshire Dance Development Plan – a four year plan to enable more people to take part in all types of dance, as audiences, participants and practitioners

  • Derbyshire Dance Artists’ Network – a support network for dance artists working or living in Derbyshire, including specialist newsletters and technique classes

  • Festivity – the forum for all arts festivals in Derbyshire

  • Live & Local – touring professional arts performances to village halls and community venues

  • D-Lab - an online digital artspace for Derbyshire

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Derbyshire Festivals

Take a look at all the amazing festivals that Derbyshire has to offer right throughout 2019, right on your doorstep - come along, join in the fun and see the world-class entertainment.

Courses, workshops and education

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