UK Young Artists National Festival Heading To Derby

UK Young Artists National Festival Heading To Derby

UK Young Artists National Festival will present work by over 70 young artists, performers and writers across the city of Derby from 3 – 6 November.

At UK Young Artists’ 4th arts festival, the UK’s young talent, aged 18-30, working in theatre, dance, literature, visual arts and music present work in fifteen venues and in the streets of Derby city centre over four days. All events are free to attend, and include a range of performances, exhibitions, educational workshops and masterclasses.

The UK Young Artists National Festival provides a platform for young artists on the verge of gaining national and international prominence to show their work to new audiences, meet fellow artists and inspire future collaborations. Previous participants in the festival have continued on to successful careers, including Rachel Maclean, the video artist recently selected for the British Art Show 8, Hetain Patel, the international acclaimed performance and sculptural artist who has had shows at major institutions such as Tate Modern, the Southbank Centre and Sadlers Wells, and Liz West, who creates large scale light installations who was commissioned to create new works for Britain’s 2016 Olympic House in Rio, and has
exhibited nationally at the Natural History Museum, London; Leeds Art Gallery and the Cornerhouse, Manchester.

This year it will highlight Derby’s cultural venues and creates a crucible of creativity where the publiccan see the stars of tomorrow in intimate and unusual settings. Venues include University of Derby, Markeaton Street campus building; Derby Theatre; Market Hall – a historic market building; Derby Cathedral; Derby Museum and Art Gallery; Pickford’s House – a museum of Georgian life; Baby People – music venue & studio complex; and The Maypole Theatre, bar & café, among others.

The work on offer ranges from the playful and witty to challenging and provocative, as UKYA’s selected artists explore themes such as cultural heritage, consumer culture, social media and the internet, gender issues, and fictional and autobiographical storytelling across all art forms.

Michelle Bowen, UK Young Artists Director says: “I am delighted that UKYA gets to bring some of the country’s brightest young stars to share their work with the wonderful peopl  and historic city of Derby. I love the idea of audiences discovering new work in unexpected places and spaces; seeing the familiar in a new way. UKYA are excited to return to Derby following the inaugural National festival held back in 2012, and this year’s festival is promising to be our best yet.”

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