Over a decade; Artcore has been a contemporary arts centre celebrating the cultural richness and diversity of Derby and has brought a showcase programme of art exhibitions, creative activities, artist residencies, talks, and festivals; bringing communities together to celebrate togetherness and renewing and revitalising common threads of cultural heritage, building connections and strengthening trust.

Both our centres are currently closed keeping in mind the safety of our audiences and participants.

During COVID19 isolation we are taking our activities online to not feel isolated and continue to connect with our community and support your well-being through creativity.

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John Newling will be exhibiting in Artcore Gallery later this year, but in this period between then and now we have started working with him on a blog called ‘The Sharing Of Uncertainty.’ The blog explores the idea of reconstruction and also gives you an insight into his latest project, Dear Nature which is on display at IKON Gallery, Birmingham. The design process has been very rewarding and we are excited to share this new collaboration with you.

You can view the exhibition at https://sharingofuncertainity.artcoregallery.org.uk


Hatchery Exhibition is an online exhibition that began as a self-directed residency. From the collaborative efforts of 7 multi-disciplined artists!

It aims to capitalise on the recent changed circumstances to experiment with new creative approaches using the time to think deeply and differently about my creative practices. It is now a group of artists from the UK, Italy and Canada who have linked together for mutual support, creative input and discussion.

You can view the exhibition at https://hatchery.artcoregallery.org.uk


“The question that looms above us all is how do we isolate but not feel isolate?”

Art has always reflected the voice of people, both in times of celebration and in dire circumstances. Now is no different. We know there are many people, creatives and non-creatives alike that are home either in self-isolation or quarantine. As a result of this, we think this is an opportune moment to have a series of themed online exhibitions. We will be releasing a new exhibition every Friday for the next 5 weeks. We have artists from over 20 countries participating. In Isolation Together is a testament to the spirit of humanity and bridges that creativity has always extended towards society in times of hardships.

You can view the exhibition at https://inisolationtogether.artcoreuk.com


Error & Power Residency commenced this May, with AiR (Artists in Residence) Talks happening every Thursday on our Artcore Gallery FB page. The theme deals with the artistic strategy of creating space for chance, unintentional mistakes and errors to occur and to shape the artist’s work has a long history, and this residency is an opportunity for two artists to explore the relationship between their practice and error – deliberate or accidental. We particularly want to look at technological error – the glitch, the hack, the syntax error – in media arts practice and political activism, as a response to the pervasive power of technology, and its acts of control, regulation, prevention, its power to both liberate and enslave its users, though we are open to proposals in any visual art medium. Our two Artists In Residence are : Neale Willis and Naho Matsuda.

Neale Willis is particularly interested in creating conflict between what enters the machine and what leaves it. He manipulates data to create ambiguities within the certainties of the digital realm, breeding uncertainty from the usually reassuring definite of binary data and letting repetition and replication take form as a rhythm from the space in-between the known and unknown.

Website: www.nealewillis.com
Instagram: @nealewillis

Naho Matsuda is a German-Japanese artist based in London. Her work brings together the ordinary and the absurd to explore notions of labour, internet culture, emerging technology and the commons. Her work includes; print, publications, writing, installation and performance. Naho holds a part-time post as a research assistant and tutor in the design department at Goldsmiths University.

Website: www.nahomatsuda.com
Instagram: @naho.matsuda

Click here to view Error and Power – Artist Residency and Online Exhibition


Every Wednesday and Friday at 4.00pm on our Artcore Gallery FB page we have artists going on FB Live, talking about their journey and practice. They explore some of their processes and techniques as well as the conceptual and thematic ideas that constitute of their artistic practice. Artists share their origins, where they’re at and where they are heading, discussing current and future projects. This is a great chance to expand your sense of the national and international artist community and find out more about art, the process and what it means to be an artist in 2020!



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Regular and creative ‘how tos’ every Monday and Thursday morning at 11.00am to keep healthy, creative and motivated over the coming weeks. Morning Motivations starts your day off with creativity and positivity to encourage doing something and learning something new everyday. A lot of the workshops are aimed at things you can do at home with limited materials and resources. It is important to pay attention to our mental health and wellbeing and we hope to start your mornings with a good dose of fun!



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