QUAD celebrates tenth anniversary

QUAD in Derby is celebrating its tenth anniversary this month with a programme of activities including a special series of animations projected on to the iconic Market Place building as part of Derby Festé on September 29.

Chief executive Adam Buss said: “Nothing makes us prouder than creating new experiences, memories and skills with the people that visit and support our cinema, workshops, exhibitions and café bar.

“The past ten years has flown by, but we hope we’ve stayed true to our aims and ambitions which we haven’t changed since opening.”

The animation content for the celebratory screening has been created in partnership with University of Derby students and features highlights from the first ten years.

The anniversary programme at the complex also includes The Best of Ten film season, featuring a film from each year the centre has been open including Nicolas Winding Refn’s cult classic of 2011, Drive, on from September 16-18; and from 2008 Gomorrah – a gritty gangland saga  – on September 24.

There will also be an 11th film voted for by the public as their favourite ever screened at the venue.

In 2008, prior to QUAD’s opening, 100 groups of 17 people from Derby’s community took part in The17: Slice Through Derby, led by artist and musician Bill Drummond. 

Each group had to sing one note together for five minutes, then have a group photograph and video portrait taken. The separate sound recordings were mixed together to create one huge piece of choral music and the pictures were exhibited in the gallery. 

Now the city is being given the chance to see the images again with a new exhibition The17 Slice Through Derby: 10 Years On, which will be on display in the Extra Gallery Spaces until October 21.

Anyone who was part of the original project is invited to contact QUAD to join a special reception where there will be a chance to recreate the images. Please contact Laura O’Leary at  LauraOL@DerbyQuad.co.uk

“We always wanted to provide an accessible, friendly and exciting venue that is a creative beacon for those in Derby and a pioneering landmark for those from outside the city,” added Adam.

“We hope, in short, that we’ve achieved something which has been much more than the sum of its parts. Here’s to the next ten years!” 

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