News: Friar Gate Studios Teams up with Derby University in the Name of Art

Friar Gate Studios, home of the creative industries in the city, have teamed up with the University of Derby Evolve incubators to provide local artists with an exciting new platform to showcase their work.

The Studios on Ford Street will be the venue for a series of quarterly art exhibitions to be staged in collaboration with Banks Mill, one of the University’s four business incubation centres.

Artists housed at Banks Mill on Bridge Street in the city are currently presenting their work to curator Filomena Rodriguez, who will select the pieces for the first exhibition.

The work is likely to include a diverse range of contemporary art from fine art, illustration and portraiture to abstract expressionist and figurative work, along with industrial and urban landscapes.

The exhibition will open to the public on Monday 3rd September and will remain open until the end of November, with the next exhibition due to open on Monday 3rd December.

The exhibition will be open from 8.30am – 4.00pm – Monday – Friday. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a selection of food and refreshments at The Bean Café, situated on the ground floor of the Studios, where the exhibition is taking place.

Four exhibitions are planned per year and all exhibits are available for sale.

Banks Mill is owned and run by the University of Derby and is home to creative businesses working across a variety of media, including ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, film and media, photography, print making, stained glass and much more.

Commenting on the collaboration, Ann Bhatti, centre manager at Friar Gate Studios said:

“I am delighted that Friar Gate Studios and Derby University will be working together to showcase the very best of Derby’s creative talent.

“Some of the pieces that have arrived here at the Studios so far are exceptional and I would recommend that anyone with an interest in the art world should come along to the exhibition when it opens on 1 September,” added Ann.

Laura Williams, Incubation Manager for Banks Mill Studios, The iD Centre, Innovation Zone and Network House, added:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our tenants to showcase their work to what we hope will be a new audience.

“There is a massive amount of talent housed within Banks Mill and the exhibition will provide the platform for our artists to raise their profiles and hopefully, to sell some of their work."

For further information about the exhibition, contact Laura Williams on (01332) 597848 or email