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Déda Clinches Funding For Expansion

  • Date: 11/02/2013
  • Category: General

Déda has been successful in its bid for funding from Arts Council England and is now forging ahead with plans to expand theatre and dance studio facilities at its venue in Chapel Street, Derby.

The organisation, which is one of the UK’s leading dance centres, has been awarded a £282,000 Arts Council grant towards the £412,000 redevelopment of part of the neighbouring Queen’s Leisure Centre.

The rest of the project will be funded by Déda cash reserves, charitable trusts and foundations and with support from the University of Derby.

Work on the new dance and production studio, conference facility and glass atrium linking both buildings is now due to start in April 2014 when the leisure centre will be de-commissioned to make way for new state of the art sports facilities elsewhere in the city. Completion is planned for September 2014.

Michaela Butter MBE, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Déda, said today: “We are delighted that Arts Council England have recognised the value and ambition of our proposals and have taken the strategic decision to support our expansion plans with the grant awarded through a competitive bidding process.

“This support demonstrates the Arts Council’s confidence in the organisation moving forward and we will now be forging ahead with plans for this exciting development.”

Déda Director Stephen Munn continued that the scheme would also allow for the existing theatre at the dance centre to be improved dramatically by expanding the stage area – increasing the organisation’s scope for staging larger-scale productions – both by visiting artists and the organisation’s own youth dance academies.

And he explained that the facilities would also be the base for a new degree in Dance which was being developed by Déda and the University of Derby.

“This expansion is therefore an important part of the organisation’s future development as part of our overall strategy to reduce our reliance on funding from the public purse.”

Peter Knott, Regional Director, Arts Council England, said: “The Arts Council is delighted to be awarding this funding to Déda allowing them to expand their current offer. This is a clear example of how arts organisations in Derby are really doing all they can to diversify their income, strengthen their business models and work in wider partnerships.”

Derby City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, Cllr Martin Repton said, “We’re delighted that the ambition Déda has shown in the current financial climate has been recognised by the Arts Council. The expanded facilities will play an important part in the city’s future cultural offer.”

Huw Davies, Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Technology at the University of Derby, added: “This announcement means that our discussions with Déda to develop exciting new programmes can now move forward.

“These programmes will attract talented dancers from across the country and greatly contribute to the cultural life of the city and county. We look forward to welcoming the first students who will have the opportunity to use these wonderful new facilities.”


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Note to Editors


Déda (formerly known as Derby Dance) is a unique venue located in Derby city centre offering a dance-focussed arts programme. The building houses two performance spaces, two professionally equipped dance studios, conferencing facilities and the CUBE café|bar.

With a class curriculum of almost 50 classes a week and an extensive community development programme Déda is one of the key cultural organisations in the city.

Déda receives funding from Arts Council England and Derby City Council.

About Arts Council England

The Arts Council champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

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