Quad opened to the public on 26th September 2008, and this year the venue celebrates its 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 70 exhibitions. In 2004 QUAD established FORMAT International Photography Festival, which is now one of the UK’s leading international contemporary festivals of photography and related media.
QUAD also established an outdoor film festival, Summer Nights which has now expanded to 13 heritage locations across the UK, and is planned to expand even further in 2019. Over 30,000 tickets were sold for Summer Nights in 2018 alone, and the festival – produced by QUAD’s in-house digital production agency TECH:SQUAD – involved over 40 screenings in heritage locations across the country.
This autumn TECH:SQUAD is partnering with Derby Cathedral on an innovative programme of cinema in the unique surroundings of the Cathedral nave, including Sister Act and The Life of Brian on November 21st and festive films including Elf and A Muppet Christmas Carol on December 22nd. Adam Buss, QUAD CEO said: “QUAD is a charity and cultural hub in the heart of Derby, and nothing makes us prouder than creating new experiences, memories and skills with the people that visit and support our cinema, workshops, exhibitions and café bar. The past ten years has flown by, but we hope we’ve stayed true to our aims and ambitions which we haven’t changed since opening.” “We always wanted to provide an accessible, friendly and exciting venue that is a creative beacon for those in Derby and a pioneering landmark from those outside the city. We hope, in short, that we’ve achieved something which has been much more than the sum of its parts. Here’s to the next ten years!”
This year QUAD will revisit one of its opening exhibitions, Bill Drummond’s The17: Slice Through Derby, which offers a chance to see friends, family and colleagues among the 1,700 people who took part in a unique performance event. In 2008, prior to QUAD’s opening, 100 groups of seventeen people from Derby’s community took part in The17: Slice Through Derby, led by artist and musician Bill Drummond. One hundred groups from all areas of the city were recruited to take part in the project, which involved singing one note together for five minutes, then having a group photograph and video portrait taken. These 100 separate sound recordings were mixed together to create one huge piece of choral music. The 100 group photographs were on show on QUAD walls and digital screens for the venue’s opening 3 months.
The17 Slice Through Derby: 10 Years On is a chance to see these images once again, on display in QUAD Extra Gallery Spaces from Saturday 25th August to Sunday 21st October. In QUAD cinema, The Best of 10 film season includes titles chosen from each year that the venue has been open, including Drive, The Artist, Sicario and The Handmaiden. The season takes place between August and December. Alongside the ten films, QUAD has asked the public to nominate their favourite films ever shown at the venue, one of which will be shown as the final, eleventh choice. Derby Festé will celebrate 10 years of QUAD with a spectacular projection mapping event on 29th September. For more information of the full programme, please see: derbyfeste.com
For more information on QUAD please see derbyquad.co.uk or call QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606.