Creative UK’s East Midlands Reception

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Creative UK’s East Midlands Reception

Our East Midlands Reception took place on 30 November 2022. It was incredible to see so many creatives and industry professionals at QUAD in Derby.

In the panel discussion, chaired by Vivek Malhotra CEO of QUAD, we spoke about upcoming projects including our Redesigning Freelancing survey and initiative and our annual Creative Coalition Festival. Guest speakers were: Janet Markwick, Interim MD of Creative UK, Peter Bonnell, QUAD Arts Programme Manager and FORMAT Festival Director, Filomena Rodriguez, Artist and EDI qualified coach and Keith Cox, Director of Bloc Digital.

Janet Markwick, Interim MD of Creative UK says: “At Creative UK, we support the development of creative talent and champion the role creativity plays in the UK’s culture, economy and education system. We are very grateful to QUAD for hosting our latest regional reception, which brought together a diverse range of creative people and organisations in the East Midlands. It is only through collaboration, across all regions across the UK, that we can make meaningful change, and ensure that the needs of our sector are heard.”

Vivek Malhotra QUAD CEO said “QUAD was delighted to host Reception for Creative UK, it’s the first time the event has been held in the East Midlands”

A networking social event followed the talks, with wine supplied by The English Wine Project.


If you are interested in attending our future Receptions spanning the UK, as well as other networking events which connect the Creative Industries – find out more about our membership opportunities. Our Federation membership is designed for those who want to champion and influence the Creative Industries.


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QUAD is Derby’s centre for art and film, a mixed arts venue based on the Market Place. QUAD is the city’s cultural hub with a three-screen cinema, an art gallery showing the best in contemporary visual arts, digital workshop spaces plus an award-winning Café bar.