3 Charnwood Street, Derby, DE1

Artcore is a contemporary arts space that celebrates the creativity, diversity, and cultural richness of Derby, the East Midlands, and beyond. The venue presents an ever-changing programme of exhibitions, film screenings, artist residencies, art talks, and cultural festivals alongside daily creative activities for adults and young people. With our statement “together we stand” we aim to engage and connect with a diverse range of communities in Derby. Our key objective is to use art as a tool to encourage learning, strengthen community cohesion, and engage with a wide range of audiences. Artcore provides an atmosphere where self-confidence, mutual trust, and respect are built and developed through learning and creating together.

We strive to engage with society’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people by offering inclusive and inspiring programmes in areas where the current provision of creative arts activities is minimal. Our mission is to become a place where talent and creativity is nurtured, and where art and culture are accessible to all. We provide a platform to encourage dialogue between people of all backgrounds, cultures, ages, and abilities where skills can be shared and friendships developed.

Artcore is a contemporary art gallery, a creative workshop, an events venue, and an artist’s studio. Through its expansive programme of vibrant events, exhibitions, residences, art talks, and film screenings, Artcore promotes a diverse array of artforms from a wide range of cultures. By supporting emerging, mid-career, and established artists through our residencies, exhibitions, and workshops, Artcore also provides a platform to highlight significant art locally, nationally and internationally.

At Artcore, learning is fundamental to the work we do. We promote a sense of creativity and curiosity outside of the classroom through a less formal approach to education. Our main objective is to engage children and young people in experiences that enhance their interest in art and develop their creative skills. Through our workshops, as well as the volunteering and work experience programmes that we offer, young people are able to demonstrate their individuality and advance their unique skills and talents.

Art can act as a learning tool, breaking down barriers between different individuals, groups, and cultures and encouraging the exchange of ideas and experiences. Art allows talents to improve, skills to be shared, and self-confidence to grow. Through our imaginative and meaningful activities we offer individuals the opportunity to experiment with creativity, enhance learning, and broaden their career prospects.


Forthcoming Events

Mon 16th July, 2018

Art Enhancing Life – Paper cut workshop

Art Enhancing Life – Paper cut workshop


If you fancy learning to paper cut why not come along to one of our papercutting workshops with artist Katie Petritias. The session will begin with a cup of calmness and an introduction to the mindf.. Read More »

Tue 17th July, 2018

Our stories – ‘Windchimes of Time’ with Jane Smith

Our stories – ‘Windchimes of Time’ with Jane Smith


Join us on Tuesday for Our Stories and create uniquely amazing, musical wind-chimes and mobiles using clay and re-cycled materials. These sessions are designed for refugee and migrant communities, b.. Read More »

Past Events

Thu 5th July, 2018

In the city and in-between, Artist Talk by Joanne Lee at Artcore

In the city and in-between, Artist Talk by Joanne Lee at Artcore


Joanne Lee is an artist, writer and publisher of the Pam Flett Press, a serial publication essaying aspects of everyday life. Her work frequently investigates specific sites through writing and phot.. Read More »


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