Derby Theatre and partners set to celebrate the breadth of work being created with young people in Reimagine project

Over the next few months, Derby Theatre and cultural partners in the city will celebrate and showcase the rich variety of artistic creations, community collaborations, engagements and cultural activity being created through Reimagine with young people from ‘hubs’ within the city.

Reimagine, made possible through £1.1 million of investment from Arts Council England through the Young People’s Performance Fund with additional support from Derby’s Opportunity Area, Derby County in the Community Trust and Derby City Council, is an ambitious, strategically connected, performance programme generated by young people in areas of lowest cultural engagement.

Reimagine is part of This is Derby, an award-winning consortium made up of arts and sports organisations in and around Derby to support those young people who really need it.

Image: Firs Primary School working with Derby Theatre's Community & Learning Associate, Tom Craig

As part of Reimagine, Derby’s cultural organisations have been collaboratively supporting young people in five ‘hubs’ through progressive encounters with inspirational work, artists and settings.

As new skills are nurtured, families have, and will, become engaged, teachers will gain new knowledge and young people will uncover routes to creative careers. Young people have, and will, produce their own work, reimagining everyday spaces and authoring the story of their lives through innovative and extraordinary performances.

Where is each hub?

The five Reimagine ‘hubs’ are: Abbey, Chaddesden and Derwent, Normanton and Arboretum, Sinfin plus a Virtual Hub working with SEND schools.

When and how will each hub be profiled?

From February to June, each Reimagine partner will share details of all the great work that has been happening in each hub through Spotlight On

This monthly series of profiles will shine a light on the type of work that has been created and explored in each hub and through each project, the relationships which have been forged, the collaborations with regional artists and all that has been achieved, through interviews, images, film, comments from the young people we have engaged with and the impact that each project has had on all those involved.

On Thursday 25 February, Derby Theatre will share the first profile through Spotlight On… Abbey, the hub they have been working with directly.

Following that, the profiles will be shared as follows:

- Baby People and working within Sinfin.

- Sinfonia ViVA and their work with young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

- Déda and working with young people from Chaddesden and Derwent.

- Artcore for their work within the Normanton and Arboretum hub.

Bemrose Knights split screen

Image: Students from the Apple Tree Unit at Bemrose Secondary School creating their Bemrose Knights response piece to Crongton Knights. Filmed by Omar Khan.

Caroline Barth (Creative Learning Director, Derby Theatre) said: “Derby is a brilliant city, but not one without its challenges. We have a strong sense of our rich culture - a city in the heart of the UK, operating globally but still small enough that people feel connected. However, some families and young people are being left behind. They tend to be families from areas of our city that are higher in deprivation, where people may not get the chance to benefit from all we have to offer.

It is well proven, that culture and the arts can be the spark that ignites a young person’s confidence and excitement for life. In Derby, our arts and sports organisations have joined forces to create an award-winning consortium that supports those young people that really need it. The University of Derby, supporting the This is Derby consortium, won the Guardian University Award 2020 for Social and Community Impact. Originally funded as part of the city’s Opportunity Area programme, This is Derby continues now as a thriving collaboration of organisations, who work together to create amazing work with young people in our city”.

Derby Theatre and the Reimagine project partners look forward to proudly sharing and celebrating the great work within all of the hubs, with the people of our great city and the wider public.

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