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S.H.E.D is a flatpack, pop up and mobile arts venue & public space, designed for the facilitation of conversation. It has been designed for the shedding of preconceptions of people and place.

This humble ‘garden shed’ can be transformed into a variety of bespoke environments, from a soup kitchen and library, to a performance space, a visual arts gallery or for private hire events. It currently has 11 rubric configurations to instigate bespoke co-creative environments with others in order to deliver strategically designed activities.

It has been designed in line with cultural and socio-civic research, its flexibility enables it to deliver strategically designed activities, while also providing an accessible and inclusive space that supports the needs and priorities of communities.

At the heart of the project is the desire to create positive civic impact, working towards greater social mobility by providing opportunities to access inspirational and educational content outside of formal organisational structures. The wide-reaching benefits of S.H.E.D are already being realised throughout the East Midlands, and further afield.

So far we engaged with 260 young people, worked with 187 independent artists / community outreach artists / partners. Welcomed 1,280 audience members to events at S.H.E.D and had over 2,500 plus see us out on the road. We have encountered 1,351 school/staff and children on our This is Derby: Reimagine School Tour and 62,530 direct Impressions /engagements on social media.

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