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Derby Creative Arts Network (CAN)

Derby CAN & what they are doing

Derby Creative Arts Network is an artistic area development programme, sponsored by the Arts Council, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Derby University.

The Derby CAN consists of the following partners:

  • Derby based National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs): Derby Theatre, Déda, Baby People and QUAD
  • Strategic National Partners: China Plate, Crying Out Loud and In Good Company
  • Independent theatre and production companies: Purple Theatre, Not Too Tame, Maison Foo and Wild Rumpus
  • Other local partners: University of Derby, Derby County Community Trust, Derby City Council and EMBAA.

They are currently in the process of creating a Volunteering Programme that aims to bring together people from various backgrounds, upskill them, and offer them opportunities that they might have never had before.

As part of this Volunteering Programme, Derby CAN aims to create three new artistic spaces in the city of Derby, called Production Hubs. These hubs will be run by the members of the community, with support from the Derby CAN team. These hubs will programme artistic activities such as film, theatre shows, poetry, workshops and anything else that the community want to see showcased in their area.

They are looking for people who are interested in learning a large range of skills that will aid in the administration of the hubs, such as events management, programming, finance and budget management, front of house, marketing, etc.

They are also looking for people that have a specific interest in the technical aspect of performance, such as lighting, sound, audio/video, stage management.

If this is something you would like to get involved in contact Stephanie Andrews, Derby CAN Training & Projects Coordinator, at