Last month we were honoured to be invited to the inaugural Mainframe Derby Awards held at QUAD where our short documentary JA40: The Junction Arts Story was nominated in the ‘Project Most Proud Of’ Category.
A wonderful drinks reception to open the event was followed by an inspiring celebration of local creative businesses and talent, a testament to the growth and strength of these industries in Derbyshire. Hosted by the delightful and energetic CEO of QUAD Adam Buss, the ceremony was a wonderful success and we are very much looking forward to entering again next year. Whilst we didn’t pick up the award our category, the nomination in itself was a win for us and our thanks go to Mainframe Derby for recognising our work and to our client Junction Arts for the support and original commission to make JA40.
As the evening came to a conclusion we were also able to speak to our category judge John Newbigin MBE, Chair of Creative England. To be able to discuss the film, our work and the importance of community arts organisations such as Junction Arts capped off the evening. Our congratulations and best wishes go to our fellow nominee Purpose Media and the category winner V21 Artspace!
JA40: The Junction Arts Story is available to view online here and was also nominated for Factual Programme of The Year at the RTS Midlands Awards 2017. In August 2018 the film will screen again at the Derbyshire Record Office in Matlock preceded by a Q&A with some of those involved in the project including director Christopher Bevan, project coordinator Jane Wells and archivist Mark Smith.
Mainframe Awards Photography by Charlotte Jopling.
The JA40 project was commissioned by Junction Arts and supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Bolsover District Council and Derbyshire County Council.