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Virtual Tours of Derby Attractions

25th March 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many of us have been unable to visit our favourite attractions, restaurants, bars and other destinations. In response to this, we want to showcase some of the fantastic exhibitions and cultural venues in Derby for you to enjoy at home.

V21 Artscape have worked with leading cultural institutions in the East Midlands and beyond to produce interactive 3D virtual tours of the best museums, galleries and other venues. Check out our comprehensive list of their virtual tours of Derby destinations that are available to view online.

You may not be able to visit our stunning attractions, but with the help of V21 Artscape, we can help bring them to you in the comfort and safety of your own home.

Derby Museums

Derby Museums Trust looks after three sites in Derby city centre, the Museum and Art Gallery, Pickford's House Museum and the Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill which is currently undergoing renovation works.

Their collection consists of some extraordinary objects from the city's past, including the largest collection of Joseph Wright paintings in the world, an extensive militaria and industry collection as well as many indigenous objects from around the globe. 


Derby Museum and Art Gallery


With longstanding and temporary exhibits, the Museum and Art Gallery boasts paintings and artefacts that are of both local and international significance. Visit their exquisite collection of Joseph Wright paintings. March through their Soldier’s Story exhibition to see the range of weaponry and objects, both military and personal. Pop on your adventure hat and explore historic artefacts from thousands of years ago, within the Archaeology Gallery.

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World Cultures


Welcome to Objects of Love, Hope and Fear: A World Collection, a friendly new gallery full to bursting with ordinary and extraordinary objects from around the world. The exhibition is built on a foundation of shared experiences that are common to people across the world and these values, emotions and actions have shaped and informed every step of the project.

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Pickford's House Museum


Hidden amongst the gorgeous old buildings and cobbled pavement of Friar Gate sits Pickford’s House; the professional showcase and family home of Georgian architect Joseph Pickford. Now a museum illustrating aspects of domestic life from the 18th to the 20th centuries, Pickford’s House shows the contrast between the master and the servant, the grandeur of Georgian architecture and the changes that occurred in the house over its 250 year life.

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Leonardo Da Vinci: A Life in Drawing


The Royal Collection contains one of the world’s greatest collections of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. In spring 2019, a selection of these exquisite drawings travelled to Derby for a special exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance Master’s death.

Never-before seen in the city, the works were gathered together to reflect the full range of Leonardo’s interests, from painting, sculpture, architecture, and music, to anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany. As so much of his life’s work was unrealised or destroyed, it is only in these drawings, and a handful of related manuscripts, that Leonardo’s greatest achievements survive.

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Marion Adnams: A Singular Woman


Marion Elizabeth Adnams was born in Derby in 1898 where she remained, for the most part, until her death, aged ninety-six. During the course of her long life, she forged a reputation as a painter of deeply distinctive and dream-like visions inspired by the Surrealist movement. Adnams exhibited almost continuously in London and regional art galleries from the late 1930s and examples of her work can be found in many public collections, alongside that of her friends and contemporaries Evelyn Gibbs and Eileen Agar. Despite this, her work is largely forgotten today.

This important exhibition brings together the full and diverse range of her art for the first time in almost fifty years in a bid to recapture the legacy of this most remarkable artist.

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The Art of Industry: From Joseph Wright to the 21st Century


Exploring the interwoven histories of art and industry, this exhibition examines both the way that artists view industry and conversely the way that industry portrays itself. The exhibition charts the change in the artists’ viewpoint from depicting industrial buildings set in sublime landscapes to representing the ‘dark satanic mills’ and technological power houses reaping havoc on the natural world.

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Finding Lines


This exhibition features a fascinating variety of drawings, from Henry Moore to David Shrigley, Maggi Hambling and Frank Auerbach. Look out for commissioned works by Stephen Carley, Tim Shore, Susan Kester, Liz Atkin, Steve Chapman and Nick Parker in the gallery and adjacent spaces.

This co-produced exhibition of drawings began with a sequence of creative acts by 100s of participants, and builds on the notion of drawing as a tool to improve wellbeing.

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A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes


This ultimate indulgence shows how a private collector has built this collection over the last 15 years, choosing them for their innovative attitude towards design and most importantly their passion.

Vivienne Westwood is best known as the creator of punk and new wave fashions as well as for opening the Sex boutique with Malcolm McLaren in the 1970s. This collection of shoes spans the decades from that time. A Touring Exhibition from The Civic, Barnsley.

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A Curious Turn


A Curious Turn presents automata by leading makers of the last 40 years that range from the humorous to the macabre and from the playful to the satirical. Works on show take a look at key automata makers such as Rowland Emett, famous for creating the elaborate inventions of Caractacus Potts in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968).

Automata are moving mechanical sculptures that are brought magically to life by sequences of cogs, cams, and levers. They have delighted and bewitched people for centuries. Visitors will be able to turn, push and crank to see many of the pieces in action, while newly commissioned films will show other pieces in motion.

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Derby Cathedral


You can climb the Cathedral Tower in V21 Artspace's interactive tour of the second-oldest bell tower in the UK. Can you reach the top and discover the amazing views over the city?

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QUAD is an international centre for engagement in contemporary art and film, focussing on major exhibitions, professional practice for artists, independent film and the creative use of emergent digital technologies.


Mark Neville: Battle Against Stigma


The Battle Against Stigma exhibition in QUAD Gallery features photographs, films, emails from former service personnel and copies of a book, also titled Battle Against Stigma, that recounts Neville’s own personal experience when he was sent out to Helmand in 2011 as an official war artist.

The exhibition is intended to give some insight into the issue of adjustment disorder and PTSD which he suffered from on his return to the UK.

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Adcredo: The Deep Belief Network


'Adcredo' investigates the construction of belief in online networks, examining the rise of unjust ideologies and fantasies, and how these are capable of affecting our worldview. The advent of digital media has shown that the world is made up of a mass of circulating, disjointed and contradictory information. This multi-dimensional communications network can be easily manipulated by online groups and individuals, which can give rise to new narratives and ideologies.

Using research from investigative journalism and social psychology the work takes the form of a speculative association, a corporation where ideologies are disseminated to manipulate people. Conspiracy theory, sci-fact and sci-fi, corporate and religious belief systems are woven together in this multi-dimensional work.

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Middle Bound: 'Exploring the Social Fabric at the Heart of England'


Middle Bound: ‘Exploring the Social Fabric at the Heart of England' is a new site-specific installation by the artist Patrick Waterhouse and the graphic designer Tim Wan with the support of curator Mauro Bedoni, involving local artists and stories from the public into a narrative display.

The result shows interlinking narratives that display the passage of time by the overlaying of images and weaves together the people, places and things that bind the Midlands together. The exhibition takes on all aspects of life: cultural diversity of life today, the industry and leisure of the Midlands, rural and urban life, dwells into family, personal history of people and their archives.

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Kimchi and Chips: Line Segments Space


QUAD presents the first UK showing of the mesmerising and immersive installation Line Segments Space by acclaimed Seoul-based artist and technology duo Kimchi and Chips.

An architectural web of threads spans a gallery space. It hangs abstract and undefined, a set of thin positive elements segmenting the dark negative space between. Dynamic imaginary forms are articulated into physical volume by the material of this thread, and the semi-material of the light, the visual gravity of the filaments occupying the space between.

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Our Friends Electric


Our Friends Electric features artists who explore a range of themes and ideas relating to robotics, Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and synthetic biology, highlighting our hopes and fears for a future that is continually shaped by technological advance.

To what extent do we - will we - control this technology, these machines... and will they control us? How far can we allow A.I. to advance, and what is the scope of our duty of care?

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Hetain Patel


This new exhibition by artist Hetain Patel consists of two film works: a major new commission, Don’t Look At The Finger (2017), commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella with Manchester Art Gallery and QUAD, and The Jump (2015).

These works continue the artist’s recent fascination with staging archetypal Hollywood action scenes within domestic settings. Employing the characteristic humour in all Patel’s work, the films, crafted into a single multi-screen installation, create an immersive cinematic experience that is in turns playful, suspenseful and occasionally ominous. Shot with production values that emulate Hollywood feature films, both works feature an original orchestral soundtrack by composer Amy May that Patel employs to push the installation into epic realms.

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Imran Qureshi


One of QUAD Gallery's latest exhibitions features an artwork made from over 25,000 pieces of paper forming an immense and astonishing ‘paper mountain’* – a work by contemporary miniature painting pioneer, Imran Qureshi, an internationally renowned artist from Pakistan.

The centrepiece of the show references those ‘..who have been buried without their lives honoured or the circumstances of their deaths investigated’. Qureshi’s new exhibition in QUAD will include a site-specific installation, recent works on canvas, the UK premier of new video works and offer an insight into the world of contemporary miniature painting – the medium he is most celebrated for.

Imran Qureshi is one of the most celebrated artists to emerge from Pakistan in the last twenty years. This exhibition highlights a wide-ranging practice that includes miniature painting, installation and video work.

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Déda is a leading creative centre for Dance, Contemporary Circus and Outdoor Work – connecting locally, nationally and internationally.

Derby Dancing Exhibition


Join Dèda’s 20 year anniversary celebrations and look back at the history of dance in city since the 1950s. From Northern Soul to Hip Hop, explore the dance scenes that have taken hold of Derby through the decades. Discover memories and stories of where Derby people have danced across the city, and artistic responses to the 200 Days of Dancing Call Out.

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Derby QUAD


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