Developer, investor, and operator Grainger Plc will see its landmark Derby Build to Rent development The Condor play host to an exciting new contemporary arts project in collaboration with students from the University of Derby.
From Tuesday 13 to Friday 17 November, a group of 25 first-year fine art students will curate and showcase an eclectic display of art ranging from live performance, sculpture, drawing, paintings, soundscapes and video projections.
“As part of our commitment to develop a thriving new community here, we are very pleased to host this Derby University arts project at The Condor. We hope this is a fulfilling opportunity for the students involved and look forward to welcoming the city’s next generation of talent in the fine arts.”Sean Bromley, Resident Services Manager, The Condor
The project, titled ‘Extended Contexts’, explores responses to a brief which encourages the use of technical media to create site specific artworks.
The Condor is Derby’s first Build to Rent development. It offers 259 studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments in the city and has helped revitalise the surrounding area.
“By bringing the students directly into the city centre and working at The Condor, we hope to offer our students a unique experience. The project will provide the students with transferable skills which they will really value as they learn what it takes to make ambitious artworks in an unusual setting. The Condor is an impressive building. The commercial space we will be using for the project serves as an ambitious challenge for our students in terms of staging their first site specific works. With an industrial feel, high ceilings and exposed walls, it is an impressive space. It’s the perfect opportunity to introduce our young artists to new processes, exploring the set-up of a pop-up gallery, away from the University campus.”Caroline Locke, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Art, University of Derby