Launch of New Artsderbyshire Website: Get into the Arts in Derbyshire

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A new website is being launched this week that helps publicise and highlight all the arts events, venues, artists and arts clubs and societies throughout Derbyshire and Derby City.

A new website is being launched this week that helps publicise and highlight all the arts events, venues, artists and arts clubs and societies throughout Derbyshire and Derby City. The artsderbyshire website is a free resource for the public to use to find out more about the arts in the county, and will also act as a place for information and support to people working, or wanting to work in the arts and creative sector.

The website can be visited at http://www.artsderbyshire.org.uk and has been designed to be accessible to the entire community of web users.

The new artsderbyshire website features individual artists, arts organisations, arts events and arts venues.

Artists in the county can use the site to find more information about opportunities for training, access to funding, venues, and to sign up for a newsletter tailored to the needs of arts practioners.

Artsderbyshire is already proving useful to match up artists with events organisers. Helen Amoako organises the Eco Schools conference, and she has used artsderbyshire to identify potential artists to participate in her event.

Helen comments, "I was trying to find artists to lead recycled art workshops at our Eco Schools conference. I had a look at the artsderbyshire website, it's a really useful resource. I found a number of possible artists on there and emailed them directly."

The website also provides schedules of forthcoming events which can be searched by location, date or type of event.

"This is an exciting way to get into the arts in Derbyshire," says Councillor Bob Jaynes, Derbyshire County Council. "Instead of producing a print brochure of what's on, we've created a living website. It features individual artists, guides to what's on, and free e-newsletters."

"By including information about a range of arts activities, the site will give equal profile to both smaller and larger organisations. We will help to raise the awareness of many community and non-professional events and organisations which have traditionally struggled for visibility."

Access to the artsderbyshire website is free, and is fully searchable on the Internet. It has been designed to develop the creative economy in Derbyshire, and to provide guidance in areas such as:

  • How to find out about performances, festivals and other arts events
  • How to develop an artistic business
  • Sources of funding in the arts
  • How to get involved in volunteering in the arts

There will be series of artsderbyshire launch events across the county, taking place at :

The Beetroot Tree, Draycott - 20 March 2007

St John Street Gallery, Ashbourne - 26 March 2007

Sharpe's Pottery, Swadlincote - 27 March 2007

Gallerytop, Matlock - 28 March 2007

The Voicebox, Derby - 2 April 2007

Further launch events will be scheduled for Buxton, Kilburn, Bolsover, and Chesterfield.

Contact:

Frances Watt

Derbyshire Arts Partnership Manager

01773 831394 or frances.watt@derbyshire.gov.uk

Susan Hallam

ArtsDerbyshire Marketing Manager

07980 212750 susan@shcl.co.uk

http://www.shcl.co.uk

Notes for editors:

If you require more information you can view the website at http://www.artsderbyshire.org.uk

The launch events will take place from 6-7pm at the venues mentioned in this release. Members of the Derbyshire Arts Partnership as well as individual artists will be present. If you wish to attend, please contact Frances Watts on 01773 831394 or frances.watt@derbyshire.gov.uk

artsderbyshire is funded and managed by Derbyshire Arts Partnership. The partnership has been working together since 2004 "to achieve a more integrated approach towards support for, and the development of, the arts in the County of Derbyshire and City of Derby."

The Partnership aims to ensure the best use of resources and access additional funding. After an initial period of work to support both the Creative Economy and Engaging Young People priorities, the Partnership is focusing on the Creative Economy. The members of the Derbyshire Arts Partnership are:

Amber Valley Borough Council

Arts Council England, East Midlands

Bolsover District Council

Chesterfield Borough Council

Derby City Council

Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire Dales District Council

Erewash Borough Council

High Peak Borough Council

North East Derbyshire District Council

South Derbyshire District Council

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