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SYNAPSE Festival 2010

  • Date: 23 March 2010
  • Area: Midlands
Stamen & Anther

Stamen & Anther. Credit: Frankie Buckle

Taking place in some of the most prominent exhibition spaces in the region, SYNAPSE Festival 2010 is a celebration of the talent and vibrancy of the visual arts across the East Midlands. The festival will run from April – June 2010.

Just as a synapse acts as an interface between a nerve and a cell to create activity, SYNAPSE Festival is stimulating new, distinctive cultural activity across Derby, Nottingham and Leicester, bringing together around twenty of the three cities’ most exciting artists.

Demonstrating the social diversity within the East Midlands and the richness of its artistic scene, SYNAPSE Festival is a cross-cultural event, with regionally-based young artists from Japan, Canada, Cyprus and Italy exhibiting alongside those originating from the British Isles.

With a vast array of work, ranging from painting, photography and print, to video and sculptural pieces, SYNAPSE Festival is an exploration of the many approaches artists have in producing their work, and an endorsement for the exchange of ideas. As well as many traditionally presented exhibitions, there will be one-off projects and special collaborations.

As well as exhibiting in many established venues such as the University of Derby, Déda and the New Art Exchange, SYNAPSE Festival events will also inhabit unusual, unfamiliar spaces during the course of the three months. From unused shop spaces and cafes, to Derby’s BBC Big Screen and the Royal Derby Hospital, over April, May and June, the East Midlands will play host to all manner of exhibitions, performances, screenings, talks, tours and workshops, including a Post Graduate Symposium, designed to motivate the region’s young artists to make ambitious leaps forward in their own careers.

SYNAPSE Festival is proud to be receiving the support of the region’s academic institutions: the University of Derby, De Montfort University Leicester, Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham, as well Derby City Council and Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

SYNAPSE Festival is being supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

For more information on SYNAPSE Festival, please visit the SYNAPSE website which will be going live on the 25 March 2010