- Date: 12 August 2009
- Artform: Visual arts
- Region: East Midlands
QUAD, a purpose-built arts building in Derby's Market Place, opened in September 2008 following £3 million investment from the Arts Council.
It is a focal point for the arts in the region, providing a large, state-of-the-art gallery, two independent cinemas, education spaces, artists’ studios, multimedia facilities and a café/bar.
QUAD’s programme builds on the work of Q Arts and Metro Cinema, two Derby organisations with national reputations for their progressive programmes and groundbreaking participatory work.
The merger of Q Arts and Metro allowed the visual arts element of Q Arts to expand in quality, scope and accessibility, and Metro to build on their already-successful annual programme of 240 films from 25 different countries.
The building has been designed by architects Fielden Clegg Bradley and is arranged over four floors. An unusual part of the design is a ‘media box’, which can easily be transformed into a production studio, seminar room, performance space or small cinema.
Visit the QUAD website at www.derbyquad.co.uk.