Novel inspiration for Quad ‘s new exhibition

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A NEW show and an exciting exhibition are coming to QUAD, Derby’s centre for art and film on the Market Place, over the next few weeks.

From January 29-February 13, Never Let Me Go, an exhibition inspired by the novel of the same title by Japanese-born British Kazuo Ishiguro, is coming to the venue from January 29-February 13, and performer John Hegley brings his new show to the venue on March 10.

For the exhibition, QUAD have invited ten artists from the region to read the book and create a piece of work that physically uses the novel as a central element of the work, culminating in a thought-provoking exhibition.

Exhibiting artists are: Neil Dixon, Nick Buxton, Tracey Meek, George Harris (from the ‘Future Focus’ exhibition) Anna Mawby, Nicki Dennet, Yelena Popova, Hugh Dichmont, Tomas Chaffe and Debbie Adele Cooper.

To celebrate the exhibition QUAD’s own reading group, BooksQUAD, will be holding a public debate and readings from the book in the Café bar at QUAD on Monday, February 9 from 6pm. The event is free and open to all, it is advised to read the novel before taking part.

The new film, Never Let Me Go (15), also based on the book, will be showing in QUAD from February 25. There is also a chance to talk about the story, as told through words, images and film, at an informal discussion group on Sunday, February 27 at 6pm.

John Hegley will be performing live in QUAD with his new show; The Adventures of Monsieur Robinet, on Thursday, March 10.

Performer John Hegley is known as a poet and singer with a common and comedic touch. The Adventures of Monsieur Robinet includes tales about a Frenchman with some unusual (but clean) habits which include burying his dog’s kennel and his own luggage pieces.

The stories appear alongside other new works, which include: an address to aliens on the subject of transport, a poem about a non-talking parrot and some animal impersonations with the aid of a handkerchief. The show is suitable for most people over seven and the audience are invited to sing along, but not to dance (much).

Entry for the exhibition is free. Tickets for the John Hegley show, which starts at 8pm, are priced £12 and £9 concessions. For tickets contact the QUAD Box office on (01332) 290606 or go to: www.derbyquad.co.uk. QUAD is open daily Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, Saturday 10am to 11pm and Sunday 11am to 10pm.