Final events in Illuminated exhibition


A performance, curator-led talk and workshops will be taking place in QUAD at Derby during the last few weeks of the Illuminated exhibition which runs until February 3.

This weekend there will be a performance by artist David Ward, one of Illuminated exhibiting artists, entitled Camera Lucida Variations.

Inspired by Illuminated, drawing upon light, photography, painting, poetry and performance itself, Ward will use projected images, readings, recordings, choreographed movement and also aspects of the architecture of the space, The Box in QUAD, where the 40 minute performance will take place.

The performance will use variations of a poem, a piece of music and a painting to create a ‘camera lucida’, literally meaning ‘a room of light’. 

Camera Lucida Variations Performance by David Ward will take place on Saturday January 19 at 2pm.Tickets are free, but booking is essential is essential through QUAD Box Office.

There is also a chance to join Peter Bonnell, QUAD and Illuminated Curator, for a tour of the exhibition to discover how the project developed, with in-depth explanations of key works. The Curator-led tour of the exhibitiontakes place on Friday January 25 at 12 noon. The tour is free, but booking is essential is essential through QUAD Box Office.

 Derby Sketching Club, now in their 125th year, have been hosting life drawing (of a clothed model) in the Gallery throughout the season.

The next session of Life Drawing in the Gallery with the Derby Sketching Club takes place on Thursday January 24, from 11am-1pm. Participants are asked to bring their own drawing equipment, though a small number of easels can be provided The event is free but participants are asked to make a small donation to cover the costs of the model.

 I See, I See: Optical Illusion Workshop is a free family-friendly workshop by Katie Petraitis exploring optical illusions and their history. Her work is included in QUAD’s ‘Elements’ exhibition. Suitable for all ages, take part in a workshop on Saturday 26th January at 1:30pm, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Finally, there is an exciting chance to Make Your Own Light Sculptures: Neon Workshops at QUAD in February. A two and a half hour taster about what neon is; what it can be and how to make it, with master neon-maker Julia Bickerstaff and artist Richard William Wheater. The workshop will be showing examples of neon art, and demonstrations of cutting, blowing, stretching, bending and fusing glass with flame, filling with gas and illuminating with electricity. Suitable for ages 14 years and above, Friday February 1, at 5:30pm until 8pm; Saturday February 2, 10am until 12:30pm; or Saturday February2 , 2pm until 4:30pm. The cost is £65.00 per person, all materials and equipment will be provided.

Image credit: People Like Neon: Peter Saville/Wheater & Bickerstaff

Illuminated looks at ‘light’ both as an influence and incorporated through artists work, and the inspiration is one of Derby’s most famous sons: Joseph Wright, and one of his key works, The Alchymist of 1771 displays what many scholars consider the triumph of rational science over that of superstition.

The exhibition sees art and science in unison, celebrating the power of knowledge through the works of artists, films, education and participation events. The exhibition is free to visit.

For more information or to book places on the above events, please go to: or call QUAD box officeon 01332 290606.