A partnership between Artcore and Déda, has been chosen by leading arts education charity, Children & the Arts, to join its UK-wide Start arts programme.

Start, created by Children & the Arts, is a three-year engagement programme of arts activity between selected cultural organisations and local schools.  The programme is proven to raise the aspirations of young people, building confidence and helping with learning and development in school.

During the first year, children will make at least two visits to Artcore and two visits to Déda to see a visual arts exhibitions and a performance by a professional dance company. Some of the children will see their own work exhibited in Artcore’s gallery and to see the work of professional artists.  They will then work with the learning teams from Artcore and Déda in workshops to develop their critical eye and have fun creating their own artistic work, with plenty of opportunity to celebrate their achievements throughout the year.

Past Events


This month Kathryn Borg completed the START sessions, creating moons and craters with the children out of paper mache. The children also had a go at sketching moons, they focused on shading and highlighting the craters. Kathryn delivered the sessions at three different schools and showed the children her own pottery work. They all really

Start 2020

Artcore working in partnership with Deda to deliver the project at Bemrose Primary, Ashgate Primary and Becket Primary School. To keep in the theme of the Museum of the Moon, Kathryn Borg gave a one off workshop making moons and craters with the children out of paper mache. The children also worked through their Arts

Start Project Report 2018-2019

We continued the second year of working in partnership with Deda delivering Discover level Arts Awards to take 180 young people on an art journey. Students from 3 local Schools were invited to take part in Derby Festé 2018 focusing on the Circus. All the children taking part in the project visited Déda to see

Start Project Report

Artcore initially began working with 5 Schools and 240 children on a yearlong art journey incorporating Arts Award Discover. Each school had practice workshops and then were invited to take part in the Childrens Garba in Derby Market Place as part of Derby Festé 2017. Each School visited Déda to see the Bridge the Gap