Busy summer in store at QUAD

Derby arts centre Quad.'Photo by Graham Lucas Commons
Derby arts centre Quad.'Photo by Graham Lucas Commons

There are lots activities for families, children and young people of all ages at Derby arts centre and cinema QUAD over the summer holidays.

Free and paid for workshops and activities will taking place on most Saturdays and Thursdays during the holidays, along with daily screenings of Cine Kids films.

Many of the artworks produced in the workshops will be used as part of an exhibition in QUAD called The Grand Space Tour Participation Exhibition to create the sights, sounds and feel of what it could be like to be a space tourist, themed to tie in with QUAD’s new Radical Enlightenment season.

For those that have ever wanted to travel to their own solar system Digital Space Journeys: Building a Solar System is a chance to imagine what this could look like, designing and animating your own sun, planets and more. Learn skills in 3D animation, motion simulation and particle effects using industry standard software including Autodesk Maya and After Effects.

The artworks produced will also be displayed in QUAD as part of the Grand Space Tour Participation Exhibition. Suitable for all ages, Digital Space Journeys: Building a Solar System takes place on Saturday, July 25, and Saturday, August 8, 1pm until 3.30pm, the cost is £5 per person, booking is recommended.

An activity organised in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and inspired by the story The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Designing Your World: Home Planets workshop is a chance to work with chartered architects from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to develop drawing and designing skills and create a planet to live in. Designing Your World with RIBA takes place on Saturday 1st August from 11am to 4pm. This free drop in event is suitable for all ages.

There is a chance to bring your ideas to life in a 3D Modelling: Digital Space Journeys workshop. 3D modelling is used in computer games and films to create realistic and cartoon vehicles, environments and characters. Learn the basics of 3D modelling to create a space transport to journey through the cosmos. The 3D models will be printed and then displayed in QUAD as part of the Grand Space Tour Participation Exhibition. The session takes place on Saturday, August 15, 1pm until 3:30pm, the cost is £5, and booking is recommended.

Also every Saturday throughout holidays and term-time, QUAD’s Lego Saturday is a chance for children aged three and above (and grown-ups) to come and have a play with some Lego in the Family Friendly Resource area just outside QUAD Gallery. Lego Saturday takes place from 11am until 4pm, its free and all children should be accompanied.

Taking place every Thursday throughout August, and the first week in September, SummersQUAD is a chance to take part in free fun activities with QUAD artists. SummersQUAD is QUAD’s annual programme of summer activities for all the family on the theme of space tourism through a range of digital and traditional creative skills, including digital animation, mixed-reality game hacks, crafts and design skills. SummersQUAD Family Friendly Activities take place on August 6, 13, 20, and 27, plus September 3, from 10.30am to 1pm and also from 1.30pm until 4pm, the activities are suitable for families with children of all ages. The drop-in sessions are free but advance booking is recommended.

KidsQUAD, for children aged 7-11 years, has two consecutive workshops between July 27-31.

KidsQUAD Build your own Space and Time Museum is a chance to create a 3D digital Space and Time Museum, then make your own objects from space to put into it. Build your own Space and Time Museum! takes place on July 27-29, from 10:30am until 12:30pm. The cost is £33 for all three sessions.

KidsQUAD Comic Adventures will teach you to create your own adventure-themed digital comic using Comic Life software. Imagine your ideal adventure or journey, filled with magical creatures, mystical lands and galaxies! KidsQUAD Comic Adventures takes place on July 30-31, from 10.30am until 12.30pm. The cost is £22 for both sessions. All five morning sessions can be booked for the discounted price of £50.

For more information or to book for film screenings or family events, please call QUAD box office on 01332 290606 or see www.derbyquad.co.uk