Derby City Council
QUAD brings together two of Derby’s former arts organisations, Q-Arts and Metro Cinema, within a unique landmark building that is now the new home for both art and film in the heart of Derby. The project will provide a range of facilities including the Q-Arts Gallery with exhibition space, workshops, offices and public spaces including a shop, café and the two-screen Metro Cinema.
QUAD demonstrates a new approach to revitalising our town centres by recognising the energising impact of the arts. Most regeneration is retail-led but this is a national arts centre which is acting as a real catalyst for change within Derby.
It received enthusiastic support from the Arts Council with £2.5 million funding.
The building incorporates our preoccupations with materiality and context, with references to the translucency and delicacy of silk and ceramics – materials which were once at the heart of Derby’s manufacturing and trades industries.
The project was remarkable for its close collaboration with artists on developing the design - the main facades of the glass box incorporate Alex Beleschenko's work and the foyer is lined by Angela Verdun's ceramic frieze.
2009: Derby Civic Society: Brighter City of Derby Award: Winner of New Build Category