Talented second year University of Derby Fine Art students will be exhibiting their work, titled Archive 32 to the public from 21st-28th May at The Boulevard, Derby Riverlights.
The collaboration between the University and Derby Riverlights allows the 32 students to make connections with the public, businesses and organisations beyond the University campus and gives them more opportunities for professional practice and new experiences in the city.
Caroline Locke, Senior Lecturer at University of Derby said: “The retail unit we are occupying at Derby Riverlights is a vast and impressive space which will allow us to be more adventurous when we create the show. By exhibiting in the heart of the city we get access to a different kind of audience – we are hoping for people passing the unit or shopping nearby to pop in and look at the BA Fine Art student’s work. For many of the students it is their first public show and so is an experience they really value – they will learn what it takes to put on a professional show. There are so many transferable skills that they will gain – fundraising, marketing, hosting, to name a few. This is a unique project and such an important part of their learning. We are pleased Derby Riverlights is supporting us and being so accommodating.”
Moorfield Group acquired Derby Riverlights on behalf of Moorfield Real Estate Fund III (MREFIII) in May 2015 and intend to ensure the area becomes a key leisure destination in Derby city centre.
Nic Lowry, Asset Manager at Moorfield Group said, “We are thrilled to be working with the second year Fine Art students and look forward to welcoming all to Derby Riverlights. We wanted to help by giving space to this event and it’s been great to make this happen in the heart of the city centre with the University.”