Up and Coming Artists Have Designs On Derby

An exciting new artwork exhibition has been launched by University of Derby Corporate at its Enterprise Centre in the city.

The exhibition includes a variety of artwork mounted on the walls, as well as cabinets displaying goods for sale, such as jewellery, sculptures and handmade products which make ideal presents for Christmas, birthdays and other special occasions.

On display until the end of the year, the artwork will inject new life into the building space and show off the skills and talent within Evolve’s creative industries.

The University of Derby Corporate (UDC) manages four incubation centres across Derby known collectively as Evolve: Banks Mill Studios, Network House, the iD Centre and the Innovation Zone, each specialising in different industries.

Banks Mill Studios specialise in creative businesses, offering its clients support as they start up and grow their business. The team has years of practical experience and extensive networks, giving fledgling artists the best start they possibly can.

The 17 exhibitors are all Evolve clients or associate members of Banks Mill and most of them are also University of Derby graduates. One of the artists is Llinos Hobson, who designs and makes textile accessories under the business name of Textile Deli. She makes bespoke cases for tablets and slim laptops as well as luxury scarves and accessories for the home. All her products are crafted by hand from the highest quality natural materials, such as wool, silk and bamboo with all images drawn and formed by hand for artistic effect.

She said: “I’ve had a really exciting and busy few months since setting up my studio at Banks Mill at the end of March. It’s an ideal place to work and an authentic environment to welcome people to my felt making workshops. I’m delighted to have this chance to show my textile accessories at Derby Enterprise Centre – it’s an original venue to show art work and ideal because innovative businesses and creativity go hand in hand. It’s a fantastic space both to exhibit and to let people know about Textile Deli’s services and workshops. It’s a great opportunity for artists and makers like me to show their work locally, in a corporate venue, to a broader audience and one that I really appreciate.”

The exhibition is available to view free of charge, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm at the University of Derby Corporate’s Enterprise Centre on Bridge Street, Derby, DE1 3LD.


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