Derby QUAD To Open With Art By The Wilsons And Bill Drummond

By 24 Hour Museum Staff | 29 July 2008
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Image: 17 punks. © John Hirst

Derby’s QUAD is set to open on September 26 2008 with a new commission from Turner Prize shortlisted duo, Jane and Louise Wilson; a new work by artist and musician Bill Drummond and access to an innovative digital jukebox - The British Film Institute’s (BFI) Mediatheque.

Costing £11.2 million, the building was designed by award-winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley and marks the merger of Q Arts and Metro Cinema.

The 2,600-metre space will have one large contemporary art gallery and two cinema screens. Intended as one of five Arts Council funded focal points for contemporary art in the East Midlands, QUAD will also house workshop space and artists’ studios.

Laura Dyer, Executive Director of ACE in the East Midlands, said: “This venue will house the best art but in an exciting and fun space – so we hope people will go inside and see what QUAD has to offer. We think everyone will be stunned and surprised.”

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A sneak preview of what the Wilson sisters will make of URB's space. Courtesy Jane and Louise Wilson

The choice of the Wilsons to make a first mark in the space is apt. Known for their use of moving image to create sculptural installations this fits with QUAD's intention to become an arts venue for multi-media and diverse contemporary work.

While the Wilsons' piece is being hailed as their most impressive yet, Drummond’s has ambitiously involved contributions from 1,700 Derby citizens. Called The 17, this work has been created during June and July this year. Its one-and-only public performance will be on August 22 at the Market Place.

Recruited from all over the city, 100 groups of 17 people recorded vocal contributions that have been mixed and digitally manipulated to create a choral work for the 21st century. The project is intended to symbolise QUAD’s aim to enable access to contemporary art experiences for a wide range of people. Along with the sound piece, group photographs and video portraits taken during the making of The 17 will be on show at QUAD.

BFI’s Mediatheque is a digital juke box that gives users access to over 1000 films and television programmes. It will be the first time Mediatheque has been available outside of London.

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No barriers. Come September 26, the people of Derby will see the QUAD in all its glory. © FCB Studios

The aim of QUAD is to become a venue not only for the people of Derby but also one that can provide a national and international destination with a dynamic programme of events.

The Derby Festé, which will take place over the opening weekend, is an example of this intention. Included in the programme is street art from Sarruga from Spain, film remixes and sampling from Addictive TV and a duet between a dancer and an industrial digger from Transport Exceptionnels.

QUAD director, Keith Jeffrey, summed up the idea behind QUAD and its opening programme and future plans: “We really look forward to housing the most important names in the worlds of art and film and to presenting the East Midlands with a programme of creative opportunities for all. We encourage everyone to come and see what’s on offer.”

FInd out more on the QUAD website.

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