Friday, 30 September 2016

Luminate Lantern & Light Festival 2016

On Saturday 5 November 2016 5pm - 8pm, Friends of Derby Arboretum, Spiral Arts, Rotary Club of Derby and Derby City Council Parks are hosting a Lantern Festival on the historic Derby Arboretum as part of its community celebrations.
We are celebrating the park in its anniversary year of being open to the public for 175 years.  We are inviting the local communities and people of Derby to come along and join us for this wonderful evening Lantern event.
The event will start around 5pm with people gathering at the Orangery in the Arboretum. There will be a simple lantern activity for people to take part in while everyone gathers for the procession. We have a Morris Dance performance from ‘Chip off the Old’ starting off the celebrations at the Orangery.
The procession will begin at 5.40pm leaving the Orangery and processing around the park accompanied by magical music from violinist, Helen Hitchcock and a Morris dance performance at the fountain. Weather permitting, there will be illuminations displayed in the trees around the park and the fountain. We will return to the Orangery to warm up with hot soup and rolls and more magical music and dancing. Grove Lodge and the Orangery building will be decorated with lights and lanterns.

The lanterns will be on display in the Orangery until Friday 11th November.
If you would like to make a lantern see our workshop page for details of our free lantern making workshops in half term.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Friends of Derby Arboretum talk to Andy Potter at Radio Derby

The Friends of Derby Arboretum chatted to Andy Potter of Radio Derby in the Orangery at the park.
They told Andy their plans for the group and how local people could get involved.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

'Lark in the Park' @ Derby Arboretum

Come along and enjoy the summer celebration
'Lark in the Park' at the Derby Arboretum
Sunday 21 August 12 noon til 4pm

Stalls, activities, music performances, games, refreshments, cakes, owls, paper rockets, RSPB, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, storytelling, sports, Derbyshire Fire Service, Photography competition, WW1 Green Spaces Exhibition and more...

Hope to see you there

Monday, 11 July 2016

Florence @ The Royal Hospital

In July we worked at The Derby Royal Hospital to create a well dressing of 'The Lady with the Lamp'. We worked in the Kings Treatment Centre and engaged with visitors and patients to complete the design. The well dressing was displayed in one of the many courtyards for a week.
We enjoyed working in this new environment and we are hoping to work there again.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Derby Well Dressing 2016

This year's trail was part of our 'Derby Green Spaces during World War One' project and all the well dressings were based on the research we had found. 
We exhibited the 10 well dressings around the city centre venues and also in the Derby Arboretum Park. 
We worked with 5 schools, community groups as well as many visitors some from as far away as Australia.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

A Space for Summer - London Road Community Hospital

We have started a 3 month project working at London Road Community Hospital with patients on the 3 older people's wards supported by Airarts and 2 MA students from Derby University.
We are decorating the windows in the wards to make a space for summer, with beach huts, fishes, buckets and spades and sea-shells. We are using three different artforms, collage, printing and sewing. 
We have had some lovely summery music to accompany the sessions from violinist Kathy Lucas.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Birdhouses @ Harold Court

We have been working with a lovely group of ladies at Harold Court sheltered scheme.
We are making artwork towards the Lark in the Park event in August.
Here are some of our birdhouses.