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Arts venues celebrate five years on…

  • Date: 3 October 2013
  • Area: Midlands
Celebratory 5th Birthday Open Day

Celebratory 5th Birthday Open Day. Credit: Curve

In the East Midlands, 2013 celebrates the 5th birthday of four arts venues, which all opened their doors to the public during 2008, thanks to capital investment from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Curve is one of Britain’s leading producing theatres based in the heart of Leicester’s diverse and vibrant Cultural Quarter. Over the past five years Curve has welcomed more than 750,000 people to enjoy critically acclaimed productions in its three theatre spaces. Designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Vinoly, Curve offers a completely unique and theatrical experience with no traditional backstage area separating the magical world of theatre-making from the public.

Derby’s centre for art and film, QUAD, is based on the Market Place in the city centre. It is a gallery, cinema, café bar and workshop that anyone can use. Over the past five years approximately 1.4 million people have visited QUAD and the venue has hosted 30 exhibitions. QUAD has enlisted patrons including John Hurt CBE, John Tams, Paddy Considine and Jack O’Connell.

First Movement based in Matlock, Derbyshire, First Movement's Level Centre is the National Centre for Digital Arts Installation with Learning Disabled People, creating projects that develop and promote their unique creativity.
First Movement is committed to changing the way learning disabled people see and value their creativity, by placing them in a situation where their work takes place alongside that of other creative people.
Its work in the Level Centre and Level Mobile Studio accentuates the creation and presentation of new work and the development of new creative product.

New Art Exchange (NAE) is a contemporary visual arts space in Nottingham that celebrates the region's cultural richness and diversity. It is the largest gallery in the UK dedicated to culturally diverse contemporary visual arts. The venue presents an ever-changing programme of art exhibitions, creative activities for families and young people, film screenings, symposiums, lectures, festivals and a live performance programme of music, dance and theatre.  NAE hosted Hetain Patel’s TED Global in 2013.

Peter Knott, Area Director of Arts Council England said: “Together these venues have programmed and produced some amazing and bold work. They’ve built essential partnerships with local authorities and other key stakeholders, as well as engaging millions of people in the arts through their productions, exhibitions and performances.

“They have done all this despite the tough economic climate and I look forward to seeing them build upon this success.”