10 Years of QUAD

26 September 2018

QUAD opened to the public on 26th September 2008, and this year we celebrate our 10th birthday, with special films, exhibitions and events planned.

Since opening a decade ago, QUAD has welcomed over 3.5 million visitors through its doors. As well as a diverse cinema programme packed with independent, Hollywood and foreign language titles, QUAD has shown over 200 exhibitions, 4,000 films and established FORMAT International Photography Festival as one of the UK's leading international contemporary festivals of photography and related media 

We’re independent. QUAD receives just 25% of its income through funding from The Arts Council, Derby City Council and The BFI (British Film Institute). The rest of its income is made up from earned income from cinema ticket sales, Café bar sales, TECHS:QUAD, corporate hires and fundraising. QUAD’s activities are also supported by funding institutions including Esmée Fairbairn, The British Film Institute, Natwest, Nominet Trust, Children In Need and BT, as well as by local organisations University Of Derby, Geldards, Franklands, Air-IT, Jurys Inn, Smith Partnership, Mercia Image Print and Marston’s. Over the ten years, QUAD has contributed an estimated £70m to the local economy.

QUAD is a registered Charity and a Not for Profit organisation. All the profits from Cinema tickets sales and Café bar sales go back into delivering the same awesome programme year on year. The money is used to create and support our exhibition, outreach, education and community work which provides creative opportunities for thousands of people every year. QUAD does not have shareholders, profit share schemes or regular annual wage increases like many public and private sector organisations, the venue exists to make art and film accessible to all, to improve the cultural life of the city.

QUAD is committed to offering the widest possible access for all audiences, offering regular subtitled screenings for the Deaf/ hard of hearing, monthly Supportive Environment screenings and Matinée - Dementia friendly relaxed film screenings for people living with memory challenges, their friends, families or carers. The venue is fully wheelchair accessible.

QUAD’s Bistro-style Café is open daily, from 10am to 10pm offering vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and children’s menu options. Open to all, the Café hosts free and fun evening events. 

QUAD’s first Patron was Sir John Hurt. Our current Patrons are: Paddy Considine, John Tams, Jack O’Connell, Hetain Patel and Dr. Jo Twist. 

QUAD recognises its impact, directly and indirectly, on the environment. Alongside the sustainable features included in the building design (for example the distinctive photovoltaic cells for capturing solar energy and our year on year reduction of waste to landfill); we also continuously monitor our systems to support sustainable maintenance. QUAD’s Environmental Policy aims to protect and improve the environment, integrate environmental considerations and adopt greener alternatives wherever possible. 

FORMAT International Photography Festival 
Established by QUAD’s founding organisations in 2004, it is the UK’s leading festival of photography and related media. FORMAT organises a year-round programme of international commissions, open calls, residencies, conferences and collaborations in the UK and Internationally.  Previous festivals have welcomed over 100,000 visitors from all over the world. FORMAT is the place to engage with an incredible range of new work alongside some of the best archives and established practitioners in the world. With comprehensive professional practice programmes and a yearly International Photography Portfolio Review, FORMAT is focused on developing opportunities for audiences to see, debate, develop, contribute and participate in the best of what photography is and can be.

Derby Film Festival 
With amazing guests & fantastic film previews DFF has been running in QUAD since 2010, and the festival’s patrons are actor David Morrissey and Anwen Hurt. Festival guests have included: Actor Michael Jayston, writer David McGillivray, directors Alan J.W. Bell and Norman J. Warren, actor Simon Callow, actress Julie Peasgood, Sir Ben Kingsley, actor Jenny Agutter, directors Peter Sasdy and Jake West, director Mark Herman and historical consultant Dr. Jacqueline Riding, Puppeteer Marcus Clarke, directors John Hough, Waris Hussein and Michael Armstrong, actor Sir John Hurt, actor Phil Davis, Dame Janet Suzman, Monty Python’s Terry Jones, Actor Brian Blessed, Director Mike Hodges, Actor/ Director Paddy Considine, Sir Christopher Frayling and Eve Stewart. https://derbyfilmfestival.co.uk/festival-history/ 

Ground-breaking Exhibitions
In 2010 QUAD curated and premiered The Elusive State of Happiness, an exhibition of the work of Derby-born artist Ian Breakwell (1943 - 2005).
In 2014 QUAD commissioned artists to make new work that included Egyptian ‘Ultras’ football fans; as well as archival images and artefacts relating to Derby County Football Club for The Pride and the Passion: Contemporary Art, Football & The Derby County Collection 
Benedict Drew’s exhibition KAPUT (2015) commissioned by QUAD, was later bought by the Arts Council England for their collection.
Japanese ‘ultra-technologists' teamLab brought their stunning and immersive digital artwork What a Loving, and Beautiful World to QUAD in the Winter of 2016/2017, almost 20,000 people attended the making it QUAD’s most popular Exhibition to date.

Over the decade, QUAD’s ambitious exhibitions, films and events programme have garnered over £10m worth of international media coverage including articles in The New York Times, Washington Post, Paris Vogue, and Die Welt.

But what else do we do here?
Every year QUAD welcomes over 3,000 school children to our Education programme, across Primary secondary and further education, to special events, film screenings, talks and tours. In total QUAD has over 7,000 attendances per year by children and young people at workshops across our education and participation programmes.

Creative Wellbeing from Dementia friendly film screenings to computer skills for the over 50’s, QUAD has offered a vital link with creativity and health benefits and, since its inception, and transforming lives through participation in arts and film is one of QUAD’s founding principles. Offering exhibitions, screenings and wide-ranging education and participation activities, the organisation is proud of its contribution to arts and health practice in Derby. The programme includes: Listen Love Learn - a creative programme for families with children under 5 years; and GoldsQUAD - creative sessions for those aged 50 and above which offer support and promote positive well-being.

Q Club
is an after-school club run by QUAD for children and young people aged 5 to 18 years, targeted at children on the autistic spectrum, children with additional support needs or communication difficulties, who are socially excluded, have disabilities, are young carers or bereaved children. Funded by BBC Children in Need, Q Club provides structured and developmental participatory arts workshops with a focus on the collaboration of digital and traditional creative exploration. In addition to this we also host monthly family sessions that invite parents/ carers and siblings to participate and create art together and Q Club also host half termly family film screenings.
Based at QUAD and funded via the European Regional Development Fund and Art’s Council England.

Mainframe is a community of those people, sharing their talent, knowledge and inspiration. Derby and Derbyshire is home to some of the UK’s most talented digital & creative businesses; Mainframe host free monthly meetups covering topics from the inspirational, to business growth and forward thinking. Mainframe is part of the Big House, a collaboration providing sector specific support; making it easier for digital & creative businesses to understand and access the free help available in the region. 

Digital media QUAD have prided themselves on always been at the cutting edge and showcasing new digital technologies such as projection mapping, 3D printing and VR (Virtual reality). Many artists are experimenting with the dynamic, creative uses of use of new technologies as part of their artwork, including QUAD’s own in-house digital artists. QUAD exhibitions are the first place to see these exciting new digital technologies in a creative setting. TECH:SQUAD are QUAD’s in-house digital team, who also offer services from presentations to outdoor spectaculars, facilitating exhibitions and installations, creating immersive and multi-sensory events.

Summer Nights QUAD’s Outdoor Film Festival, has just completed its 8th year.  Produced by TECH:SQUAD, in 2018 the festival toured 13 heritage locations across the UK with more than 40 screenings, selling over 30,000 tickets. Summer Nights is planned to expand to more venues in 2019. To hear about next year's programme once announced, sign up to our e-newsletter.

Derby Festé 2018 comes to a close with a celebration of 10 years of QUAD, through animations projected onto the building. Animation content will be created in partnership with University of Derby students and features highlights from the first 10 years of Cinema, Exhibitions, Participation and Digital at QUAD. 

QUAD Festé projection mapping, Derby Market Place Saturday 29th September 9.15pm – 9.30pm https://www.derbyfeste.com/saturday-events/