Latest News | 16 October 2023

Event set to lift lid on Market Hall vision and new makers fund

Derby City Council
Derby Museums Trust
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Derby City Council is set to hold a special event where attendees will be able to find out more about the new-look Market Hall – and a new fund for creative and maker businesses.

Taking place from 5pm to 7pm at Derby Museums’ Museum of Making on Monday 23 October, ‘Creative Placemaking: Derby’ will look at how culture and creativity can be key placemaking drivers for the city’s transformation and growth.

The event will feature acclaimed designer Wayne Hemingway, of HemingwayDesign – lead consultants for the vision, look and feel of the new Market Hall.

Wayne will share the ambition for this building and how it will be a major catalyst for city centre regeneration, while highlighting opportunities for creative and maker businesses within the offer.

The session will also include the launch of the new Make and Trade Grant Fund.

This will provide grants of up to £10,000 to support artists, makers and creative businesses to develop new workspaces and studios in empty or under-used city centre buildings.

As well as sharing his thoughts on the Market Hall, Wayne will be in conversation with Nick Johnson, discussing the importance of urban design in shaping places for people and creating positive social impact.

In his career, Nick, who was previously deputy chief executive at Urban Splash, has pioneered new approaches to urbanism with a focus on creating better places for people.

He has developed three celebrated food markets in the greater Manchester area, including Altrincham Market and Mackie Mayor.

The reinvention of Altrincham Market as an independent food hub has been credited with revitalising the town, and kickstarting the food hall trend.

The event is free of charge, but booking is essential. To reserve your place or for more information contact Mike Brown at

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