As Antoinette Burchill, Arts Coordinator for the Derby City Council Art & Empty shops programme, I led on the arts aspects of following projects. For phase 2 Derby: City of Invention, I built new, cross sector partnerships with artists, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, and Royal Crown Derby and Smith of Derby and co-curated the resulting exhibition.
Phase 1 – Art in the City
Art in the City project objectives
- Support and develop the Derby arts practitioners and infrastructure.
- Provide new opportunities for artists.
- Develop new audiences for the visual arts.
- Provide alternative, additional and unusual venues for the festival programme – development and delivery.
- Support the temporary use of empty retail premises for art exhibitions, installations, workshops and other creative uses.
- To increase the footfall for a neighbourhood, supporting local traders.
- To encourage use of empty and vacant retail premises by artists and the art community to improve the look of the townscape.
- Increase length of stay in areas which might otherwise deter people from visiting.
- Promote and increase the awareness of the Cathedral Quarter/The Lanes in keeping with its brand values which are individual, diverse and inspiring.
- Juneau Projects engaged and worked with 33 Derby artists to create a democratic exhibition titled ‘I am the Warrior’.
- Provision of mentors for young/emerging artists so they can maximise the impact of the opportunity, and development of their professional practices.
- The Theatre Store: a consortium of Independent Professional Theatre companies and Amateur Theatre companies turned an empty shop into a dynamic rehearsal, workshop and performance space during September 2010. The programme is online at www.theatrestore.org.uk This project led into Derby Festé 2010 – fitting the Festé USP of performance in unusual and unexpected places.
- An empty shop became a pinhole camera for the Format International Photography Festival 2011.
Evaluation of phase 1: March 2010 – March 2011
- Art in the City delivered a programme of arts exhibitions, events and workshops in empty shops in Derby city centre.
- The statistics were garnered from evaluation reports submitted by artists
- All grant funded activities were free at the point of entry for participants and audience members.
- Many projects received 100% project grants; others chose to gain additional funding.
|People taking part||2645|
|Direct audience members (inside the shop, not passers by)||10,444|
|Professional artists involved in projects||560|
|Sessions for people to take part (workshops, professional development, seminars)||300|
|New products of commissions||66|
|Employment for artists in days||409|