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Links round-up: autumn work and play

As illustrated by the ancient game of Conkers, the best kind of fun is backed up with plenty of hard work and preparation behind the scenes. (Well, you have to do the varnishing and baking to win the game).

Combining fun and hard work in many forms, Creative October continues across all kinds of sites across the city. From indoors venues to out and about you’ll find something unusual and er, creative going on.  Leave it up to serendipity to see what’s about or plan your route through this week’s treats here.

The people behind Gleam, Derby’s Festival of Light, want to showcase the hard work behind the achievements of Derby and Derbyshire-based artists and makers. If you’re one and you work with materials like wood, stone, stained glass and ceramics, you could be pictured in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter! More details and how to apply here.

The places we work in make a difference to the work we do, as our guest blogger Scott Sherrard recently explained. He’s part of the team behind the transformation of Ministry of Defence buildings into the Welbeck Project, a dedicated work-space/community for creative industries. Next Wednesday (20 Oct) you can see the latest stage of their labours, with an open afternoon to showcase the newly redeveloped Carriage Court. Doors open at 12pm. Apparently there will be a “running buffet of hot and cold delights from the Welbeck Farm Shop, the Welbeck Bakehouse and Stichelton Dairy”! Email Scott to book your place: Scott.Sherrard [at]

Close by the Welbeck Project is the Harley Gallery. If you haven’t been, I recommend making the trip. If you like to have fun and work a little (but not too hard), take part in their competition to win a day baking pie with Britain’s top food historian! Sounds both delicious and hearty. Just as every autumn offering should be.

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