The Chesterfield Postcard Show 2023, Wish You Were Here

Chesterfield Postcard Show 2023

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Chesterfield Postcard Show 2023

Get involved in the 2023 Chesterfield Postcard Show! This exhibition of mini masterpieces is now welcoming submissions to the show.

This year’s show is entitled ‘Wish You Were Here’ and will take place between the 9th and 19th of May at West Studios. 

The exhibition celebrates the importance of getting creative and its impact on people’s self-esteem and well-being. 

Organisers, Junction Arts, and local artist Dave Elsom are inviting people locally, from across the UK, and Internationally to create their own postcard piece of art and submit it by the 20th of April 2023. 

Last year the Postcard Show hosted over 130 individual postcard artworks, seeing first exhibits and sales for several new artists and creative people in the community. We raised £430 and this year we’d love to do more.


Artist, Dave Elsom, had previously taken part in two gallery postcard shows. Not finding anything like it in the area, he saw it’s potential to support Junction Arts. “I saw it as a great way of getting people involved, where both professional artists and people who do it for fun can join in with an exhibition and help their community!”

Pieces will be available to buy during the exhibition to raise money to support local arts charity Junction Arts and their work within the community. Local businesses are also being invited to support the event by sponsoring local schools to take part, businesses requiring more information can contact 

Submissions should be created on A6 card, not paper, and sent to The Postcard Show, Junction Arts, West Studios Sheffield Road, Chesterfield S41 7ET by the 20th of April 2023.

If participants need a card, they can send a message to to request a blank card to be sent to them. 


Derbyshire Heritage Conference 2023

Derbyshire Creative Heritage Conference 2023

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Derbyshire Creative Heritage Conference 2023: Dive Into Digital

Join Junction Arts on Thursday 16th March for our fourth Derbyshire Creative Heritage Conference, an event for professionals, volunteers and anyone with a passion for creative heritage.

Hosted at the stunning Museum of Making in Derby, the theme for the day is “Dive into Digital – hacking heritage with digital technologies’’. We will celebrate and showcase some exceptional creative heritage projects including This Girl Codes. Speakers include Josie Fraser, Head of Digital Policy at National Lottery Heritage Fund, Stephanie Walsh, lead coordinator for the spectacular Derbyshire focussed Shine a Light project and Eilish Clohessy-Dennis, Curator of Making at the Museum of Making.

Part of the day will be dedicated to showcasing Junction Arts’ hugely successful National Lottery Heritage Funded STEAM project, This Girl Codes, focussing on how we have brought new creative interpretation, communities and learning to nationally significant heritage sites across Derbyshire.

The programme will begin at 10am and you’re invited to arrive from 9:30am for hot drinks. The event will finish at approximately 4pm, allowing time for you to experience the Museum of Making and explore its fascinating heritage stories and artefacts.  Lunch and unlimited teas and coffees will be provided as part of your ticket; please do let us know about any dietary requirements when completing the registration form.

We endeavour to make this event as accessible as possible. For venue accessibility information, please visit:

For all Conference delegates, we will provide a full programme of itinerary and speaker biographies prior to the event.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Conference.

Register Here

Please note that places are limited.

Made possible with Heritage Fund

Next Gen

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Next Gen

Join an innovative new group for artistic 16-24 year olds who are interested in pursuing a creative career, who want to meet with like-minded people and explore opportunities in the arts.

Next Gen. is all about you taking ownership of your future and making the decisions to lead a fulfilling creative career. We will meet one evening a month at West Studios – a beautiful space for the creative community,  and as a group you will decide what creative workshops you do with professional practitioners, who the guest speakers will be and what cultural trips you’d like to go on. You will get first hand experience of managing a community project and professional mentoring from the Junction Arts team.

Sessions are free to attend, we can also cover travel expenses and we provide snacks and drinks!

Here are upcoming dates of meet ups, anyone 16-24 is welcome to join. If you can, please email or call Jemma before to let us know you’re coming or 01245 209219.

Thursday 19th January 5:30-7:30pm

Acrylic Pouring


Thursday 16th February 5:30-7:30pm

Pitching Yourself and S40 magazine live brief

Simon from S40 and S41 will lead a session on pitching yourself. He will also set a live brief to design a cover for the magazine and write and article to be published inside.


Thursday 23rd March 5:30-7:30pm

Meet up and workshop.


Thursday 20th April 5pm-8pm

Stop-motion workshop with Abbie Canning


Thursday 18th May 5:30-7:30pm

Photography with Def Eye

Learn to photograph your work, objects and people

Our Place Broadcast

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Our Place

Junction Arts are proud to present Our Place. 

The live broadcast is now online!
You can view the broadcast on our website.
The broadcast can be watched with subtitles,  British Sign Language captions and Audio description is preferred.

Visit for more information and project details.

Our Place Background

Travelling across four counties; Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire, Our Place showcases and connects diverse communities, cultures and creative talents. Our Place brings together the hills of the High Peak to the streets of inner-city Leicester, Ukrainian and Indian dance fusion inspired by Derby’s rich engineering history, embellished memories upon aprons made in rural Lincolnshire, and the creative voices of Nottingham, Swadlincote and Chesterfield’s young people, as we learn what ‘Our Place’ means to them. Junction Arts has led the project, in association with six arts organisations: City Arts (Nottingham), High Peak Community Arts (High Peak), People Express (Swadlincote), Soft Touch (Leicester), Surtal Arts (Derby) and The Hub (Sleaford). The project has seen over 50 participants working with 27 artists throughout the summer in a series of diverse residencies involving textiles, VR, filmmaking, dance, creative writing and music video production.

The Our Place feature length film broadcast has been produced and directed by Chris Bevan, from YSP Media.

Our Places, Our Poetry map.

Our Poems, Our Places

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Our Poems, Our Places

Join Junction Arts online to explore and connect virtually with local places and people through reading, writing and sharing poems.

How do you capture a place through poetry? Explore the art of capturing place through poetry in this new online project. Embark on a journey of imagination and visit our virtual map of North East Derbyshire, where you can read a wonderful collection of place-based poems written by poets Junction Arts has worked with both past and present. The map features poems by Matt Black, Babs Barson, Jo Bell, Liz Cashdan, Cathy Grindrod and Bolsover Poetry Group.


Visit our project page to find out more!

Our Poems, Our Places

Letter from the archives at Debyshire Record Office. Image courtesy of Derbyshire Record Office.

The Art of Letter Writing Online

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The Art of Letter Writing Online

Now available online
A free online project for you to enjoy from home.

The Art of Letter Writing online is a project created to celebrate the unique relationships we make with each other by writing and receiving letters. This project has been specially created to go online and anyone can take part. Whilst we’re physically distancing, what better time than now to connect with family and friends? It also means that you can work at your own pace and complete the steps in your own time.

During this project, you will look at the art of letter writing, the importance of historical letters and illuminated lettering. Throughout the project you will be guided through 3 activities that will encourage you to think, write and create.
This online project also showcases unique archive letters from Derbyshire Record Office.

This project is available for all to enjoy.

To get started visit our project page

Boy holding his Arts award work, at Tapton Lock Festival

Voyage of Discovery


Voyage of Discovery

Now available online
Our current Stay at Home life lends itself to the Discover Arts Award. Children and young people everywhere can learn and have fun exploring their own creativity, researching an artist and sharing with others. The workbook is now available from our website and we will support and moderate the work remotely before sending out certificates to the participants from Trinity College London.

To get started visit:

Boy holding his Arts award work, at Tapton Lock Festival