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Derby QUAD has begun work on an exciting documentary project for Derby City Council. QUAD will be working with community members from Chellaston, Allenton and Mackworth to create documentaries about their recently opened Libraries. The documentaries will celebrate personal stories behind each Library, the range of activities on offer and the impact they’ve had on the community.

Darius Powell, project co-ordinator for QUAD, and local film maker Owen Tooth have begun meetings with the library panels and community members to plan the project. Training is also being provided on creating a documentary, to involve as many community members in the process as possible.

“The project is progressing very well. Everyone we’ve met has been very passionate about their Library and being involved in the documentary. We’ve been made very welcome and look forward to supporting each Library to tell their stories through film.” – Darius Powell, QUAD

The project is funded by Big Lottery and the final documentaries will be screened in September 2011, more information will be available in the upcoming months.


Derby Local Studies Library and Living Derby commissioned QUAD to support young people in creating short documentaries about sports in Derby. Using the Local Studies Library archives as inspiration – the young people worked with Living Derby and Derby QUAD to realise their ideas through research, media training and production. The resulting videos will become part of the Local Studies Library’s archive for future generations to access.

The project introduced a new generation to the Library’s wealth of archival material and developed their skills in media production.

Spaces are still available for courses starting in May at QUAD. For more information on the courses and for booking options please visit

Creative Writing: First Steps As An Author

23rd May – 18th July 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Adobe Photoshop for Photographers (Mac or PC)

3rd – 24th May 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Digital Photography Basics (Beginners)

2nd – 23rd May 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Video Editing Basics: Final Cut Pro (Mac)

4th – 25th May 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Introduction to Documentary Film Making

5th May – 9th June  6:00pm – 8:30pm

::CHECKTHISPECKER:: & The Snug Recording Co. presented a two day creative workshop as part of the Cultural Landscapes training programme at QUAD. For information on future training courses please visit

Day One: Audio Production Workshop

This entry level workshop was aimed as an introduction to music creation. Taught on Apple’s GarageBand software, participants learned the basics of musical structure, song deconstruction, working with loops, programming and recording their own songs.

Day Two: VJ Workshop

This entry level workshop was ideal for those interested in the art of live visual performance, a skill set which can be applied to many live performances including festivals, club nights, exhibitions and installations and also music videos and other promotional material.

We helped in the creation of graphic, illustrated, animated, photographic and video content; which participants then mixed live against their own track [that they created during the first day’s session], using Modul8 VJ software and then finally uploading the VJ style music video at the end of the day.

[For the following video, Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics]

QUAD Artist Darius Powell worked with a group of young people to help improve their animation skills. The group worked to create stop-motion animations and the work can be viewed below. If you would like learn more about animation then please do get in contact via for a quote.

I really learnt a lot of things.  I especially enjoyed the whiteboard animation because I think there are so many possibilities.  I am interested in doing much more and this has given me lots of ideas and confidence. The way in which you talked to us and gave us ideas was great.”

Bethany Varndell-Dawes visited the Digital Studio to observe tutor Glenn Millington as part of her PGCE research at University of Plymouth. We were happy to support Beth in her research and wish her all the best in her studies.
“I just wanted to say thanks to you and the team for letting me observe the lesson last week, I found it really insightful and very useful.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day and it has given me an opportunity to see what other kind of teaching jobs are available within the lifelong learning sector.
From what I observed and from the conversations I had with the learners, the lesson was engaging and enjoyable. Glenn is a great tutor and
what he was teaching was relevant and clearly explained, also fun!
I loved QUAD when I was living in Derby and hope it continues, I think it is a great asset to the city and the arts.”

Artist Paul Davies, with Darius Powell, have been working with DigiSQUAD attendees to create Stop-Motion animations on the theme of Time Travel. Well done to everyone who took part, the animations are displayed below.

“Brilliant! Loved it. It’s workshops like this that make you realise why we do what we do. All 4 boys were a joy to work with. It re-lights your creative spark!” (Paul, Artist)

“I love creating animation, this was brilliant and I want to do more!”

“I’ve never done this before but it’s so easy and fun. I want “I Can Animate” at home.”

“I’ve done animation before but not 2D stop motion. It really needs a lot of patience. It was hard work but I enjoyed it.”

“I’ve really enjoyed it, thank you!”

Future DigiSQUAD activities for 12-16 year olds can be found here….

As part of QUAD’s free creative and media training programme (visit here details of future courses), the Digital Studio ran sessions in Audio Production. The 2-day courses offer hands-on training and advice from media professionals, encouraging students to develop their individuals skills and work to a professional brief.

Run by Angus McLeod for 83AudioVisual, the  course entailed creating a Podcast about the upcoming FORMAT Photography Festival and can be heard here:

  <span><a href=””>CL-Format Podcast</a> by <a href=””>derbyQUAD</a></span&gt;

Feedback by the students involved:

“Very informative course with lots of hands-on using software and relevant equipment. Tutor, Angus, engaged the group and individuals to be involved in all aspects from start to finish. It was great that we produced an actual podcast. Ps. Would recommend this course. Many thanks QUAD and Angus!”

Magazine cover created during course

As part of QUAD’s free creative and media training programme (visit here details of future courses), the Digital Studio ran sessions in Graphic Design. The 2-day courses offer hands-on training and advice from media professionals, encouraging students to develop their individuals skills and work to a professional brief.

Run by designer Glenn Millington, the  course continued to be very popular and received excellent feedback by the students involved:

“Glenn was an excellent tutor. He was approachable, informative, supportive and made learning extremely enjoyable…..I thought the course was fantastic, it superseded any expectations I had.”

“I would strongly recommend this course. Nice one Glenn!! And many thanks QUAD!!”

“As a fledging business, the workshops have beeb great for designing/editing my own marketing material with more confidence….. The informal atmosphere of the class and peer feedback is also really good as it comes from ‘real’ people.”

QUAD is offering FREE practical Creative and Media Training Courses throughout January as part of QUAD’s Cultural Landscape Programme supported by EMDA.

Each course will be delivered over two days at QUADs digital studio, with participants working to an event based brief, and are suitable for unemployed adults, graduates, people disadvantaged in training, education and the labour market or those working in the creative industries / freelancers.

These courses are for:
• Local people in Derby seeking employment
• Graduates taking their first steps into employment
• Those working in the creative industries / freelancers.

Please note that only individuals who either live and or work in Derby City will be eligible for FREE courses. You must be able to attend the full 2 day programme.

Video Production – Document events through filming and editing

How to:
• Film interviews and record sound
• Use video production hardware and software (High Definition, broadcast quality, professional independent film production kit and editing software)
• Film and edit footage

Course Dates:
3 – 4th February – 9.30am – 4.30pm
17-18th February – 9.30am – 4.30pm

Graphic Design – Design your own promotional material

How to:
• Follow guidelines for a brand
• Create accessible and clear layouts
• Use professional graphic design software inc. Adobe InDesign to design a document / promotional material

Course Dates:
10-11th February – 9.30am – 4.30pm

Video Editing – Edit video to showcase an event including using motion graphics (animated titles)

How to:
• Edit video sequences using Final Cut Pro (practical)
• Use motion graphics software to add additional information (practical)

Course Dates:
14/15th February – 9.30am – 4.30pm

How do I book?

Please click here to download and complete the online booking form for the February courses and return it to