Derby’s QUAD Summer holiday activities continue

Derby's QUAD Summer holiday activities continue

QUAD continues its programme of family friendly creative workshops for all ages, daily Cine Kids film screenings and a new exhibition themed around a season of ROBOTS.

There are many creative and digital workshops for families and young people.

VR Playground is a chance to try out Virtual Reality. Join QUAD artists and Industry professionals for a day of VR games, experiences and more, suitable for all ages, although those aged under thirteen will need to be supervised. VR Playground is a free, drop in workshop which takes place in QUAD on Saturday, 19th August from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Every Thursday in August SummersQUAD offers a free drop in, family friendly, creative workshop suitable for all ages. The workshops will be exploring all things Robotic from Cube Craft to skins for our Participation Robots. Join QUAD artist Helen Jackson in creating, making and bringing machines to life in our drop in creative sessions for the whole family. SummersQUAD takes place on Thursdays 24th, and 31st of August, with two sessions from 10:30am to 1:00pm and from 1:30pm to 4:00pm.

Every Friday in August, LearningLAB offers free drop in, family friendly workshops suitable for all ages. LearningLAB is a chance to explore and experiment with materials provided for each session.

iPad Creative Play on 18th August is a chance for grown-ups and children, to give Minecraft a go and discover its possibilities.

Free Art Friday on 25th August is part of Free Art, a local movement where artists gift an original piece of art-for free-to the public.

LearningLAB takes place on 18th and 25th August from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.

In QUAD Gallery the summer exhibition explores themes relating to robots, artificial intelligence, online networks and synthetic biology. Our Friends Electric, Adventures in Robotics, AI and Other Stories features film works; robotic sculptures and automata, and prints and drawings produced by robots or AI ‘life-forms’. The exhibition looks at a future increasingly shaped by technological advance, concerned with the idea of robots and AI replacing humans in the workplace, while advances in robotics and synthetic biological research also point to a future free of disease, where we live longer and our lives are made easier. Our Friends Electric, Adventures in Robotics, AI and Other Stories will be on display in QUAD Gallery, Derby until 10th September and is free to visit.  For information see:

 In QUAD Cinemas Cine Kids Family Friendly Films screening over the summer will include: Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, Monster Island, Return To Oz and The Black Hole.

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is based on the long running graphic novel series. Two special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) embark on a mission to save the City Of A Thousand Planets from destruction and secure the future of the universe. Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (12A) screens at QUAD from Friday 18th to Thursday 24th August.


Monster Island is a fun Monster animation from Mexico Lucas is descended from a long line of monsters his inhaler stops, not a shortness of breath, but a monstrous transformation. Monster Island (PG) screens at QUAD from Friday 18th to Thursday 24 August.


There are also two films as part of QUAD’s ROBOTS season. Return To Oz, from 1985, a storm has propelled Dorothy Gale back to Oz, but the yellow brick road is all broken, and her old friends the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Man have been turned to stone. Now she must set out to save the Emerald City from the fiendish Nome King. Return To Oz (PG) screens at QUAD on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August.


The Black Hole is an underrated Disney classic set deep in space, where a research craft encounters a near-deserted spaceship perched on the edge of a black hole. The Black Hole (PG) screens at QUAD on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September

Cine Kids are screenings for families with children of all ages, taking place daily on weekends and school holidays All tickets are £3.50 for Cine Kids Club members. Cine Kids Club Membership is free and available from QUAD Box office. For information see:


For more information, please call QUAD Box office on 01332 290606


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