WELCOME TO DD DAY 2021 project for 2021
Welcome to our Delia Derbyshire Day 2021 programme of activities. Supported by Arts Council England and The Granada Foundation we are doing our best to provide education and inspiration with the theme of imagination.
DD Day instigator and project manager Caro C:
“Delia consistently inspires, so we hope we can continue to empower and enchant with our work. Our activities this year reflect responses from a survey we put out on DD Day 2020 so we hope you enjoy our Covid creative response.”
DD Day chair of trustees and researcher David Butler:
“One of the most inspirational qualities of Delia Derbyshire’s creativity was its gift to the imagination, encouraging us to think about the possibilities of everyday objects and sounds to be transformed into music, and listen with wonder to the world around us. Delia Derbyshire Day 2021 runs with that spirit through a range of activities and opportunities that we hope will help to nurture and spark the imagination at a time when that has been dearly needed, with so many restrictions in our lives and access to creative opportunities in the arts at risk.”
DD Day 2021, 23 NOV, online, worldwide
We have decided to play it safe and plan for another online edition of DD Day again this year. We will present the premiere of the new artist commissions and collate more online Delian content to inspire, educate and entertain. We are excited to present a live stream event supported by bluedot (science, arts, culture festival).
The online content to be presented on 23 November will include:
- ONLINE LIVE STREAM EVENT – 7-8pm – supported by bluedot, our commissioned artists present their new work. To be presented on bluedot’s Youtube, Facebook and other channels. Put the date in the diary, more info coming soon. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DD DAY 2021 ARTISTS
- WEBSITE CONTENT – including publishing the transcripts from our popular series of masterclasses/expert talks unpacking the work, working methods and archive of Delia Derbyshire;
- COMPETITION! Share your photo with your favourite DD Day merch on your social media on DD Day 2021 (23 NOV) for the chance to win a copy of a re-issue of Tape Leaders by Ian Helliwell – of course including Delia;
- PRESS & SOCIAL MEDIA ACTIVITY – follow us to receive and share some Delia love!
SUMMARY OF DD DAY 2021 ACTIVITIES
4 new artist commissions (2 music, 2 visual/digital media) to produce 2 new AV works. North West England based artists Suzy Mangion (music), Katie Mason (visual), MT Hall (music/sound) and Lacey Liang (visual/3D design) have been selected by our trustees after a public call. The artists will create new work which will premiere online on DD Day 2021 – 23 November. More info coming soon!
5 free masterclasses, online with live Q&A. On the first Wednesday of every month from July to November, 7.30-9pm UK time. With a series of artists and Delia experts we want to impart inspiration, knowledge, creativity and technical skills. Places limited to 100.
Session 1 – Wed 7 July – artists creating new work from Delia’s archive: Caro C & Emma Margetson
Session 2 – Wed 4 August – DD Day trustees takeover with David Butler, Mark Ayres & Jenna Ashton
Session 3 – Wed 1 Sept – Award-winning composer Nainita Desai
Session 4 – Wed 6 Oct – Award-winning music producer & tape composer Marta Salogni
Session 5 – Wed 3 Nov – DD Day 2021 commissioned artists – ALMOST FULL
Pilot online electronic music courses for ages 16+. In our 2020 survey, more than 50% requested online workshops at beginner and more experienced levels. We will pilot a model with 1/4 course places are free via accessible bursary application (email, video).Workshops will take place in September (3 evening sessions over 3 weeks for beginners) and October (3 evening sessions over 3 weeks for experienced DAW users).
ALL COURSES ARE NOW FULL – PLEASE JOIN OUR MAILING LIST TO HEAR ABOUT FUTURE COURSES
We will expand our education work, creating pandemic proof video resources for primary schools whilst carrying out creative consultation with younger artists we have already worked with to hear from them what they want us to do in the future.
THE THEME OF IMAGINATION
We have come up with the theme of “imagination” for this year’s programme. Like Delia and her The BBC Radiophonic Workshop colleagues we want to look beyond limitations. We love Delia’s colleague Dick Mills’ description that “necessity is the mother of invention.” The early electronic music pioneers and tape composers had to be creative with both ideas and the limited technology available to them. Much of Delia’s work was ahead of its time, so her creative imagination is being recognised here too.
We think there may be links here with the restrictions and barriers we may have all experienced over the last year or so. We therefore look forward to opening up the possibilities through our DD Day 2021 activities.