Online Exhibition Launch: WORK


27 April 2020

Online Exhibition Launch: WORK

Dryden Goodwin, Alongside Exhibition at QUAD featuring a new film work made in Derby and launch of the WORK project

With QUAD closed due to Covid-19 we would like to share information about one of our current exhibitions: Alongside by Dryden Goodwin featuring a new film commissioned by QUAD and Animate Projects as part of the WORK project. We are also delighted to announce that the WORK Project in which QUAD is a partner will launch online on the 1st of May, featuring a screening of Alongside plus 3 other films commissioned as part of WORK. More information about that below.

Alongside “is an inquiry into proximity and empathy, explored through the working life of a social care worker, supporting three vulnerable disabled adult clients, as they access the world beyond the day-care centre”, and was filmed in Derby featuring Derby residents. The exhibition showcases the film, along with a series of Dryden Goodwin’s signature drawings of the participants made during filming.

To find out more about Alongside and to view a range of images from the film and the QUAD installation visit:

Dryden Goodwin | Jenny Holt | Esther Johnson | Adam Lewis-Jacob
Four films by artists about work.
Made with workers.

Launching online on International Workers’ Day
1 May 2020
Q&A with the artists at 7pm BST on Zoom
Watch the films from 9am on 1 May here: Please register for the Q&A here:

WORK is four films by artists that offer portraits of contemporary working lives in the middle of England. Made in Derby, Thrapston, Birmingham and Bolsover, they explore: the rhythms of a care worker’s day; rural working lives and the intrusion of distribution hubs; the Trade Union Resource Centre archive and collective activism; stories of the impact on individual lives of post-industrial economic change.

Developed and produced over two years, WORK is a collaboration between: Animate Projects; QUAD, Derby; Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Thrapston, Northamptonshire; Vivid Projects, Birmingham; and Junction Arts, Chesterfield.

WORK is supported by Jerwood Arts and using public funding by Arts Council England.

WORK films
The Great Bear (Jenny Holt, 2019, 22’29, UK)

Alongside (Dryden Goodwin, 2019, 24’, UK)

People Meeting in a Room (Adam Lewis-Jacob, 2019, 18’, UK) 

a ROLE to PLAY (Esther Johnson, 2019, 17’, UK)

QUAD is a registered charity.