Derby people invited to show off their creative hobbies at 'biggest exhibition UK has ever seen'

Organisers say it is 'the loudest presentation of our quiet pastimes'
If you love making things for a hobby, now is the chance to showcase your creation at one of the city's prestigious venues, Derby Museum of Making If you love making things for a hobby, now is the chance to showcase your creation at one of the city's prestigious venues, Derby Museum of Making
If you love making things for a hobby, now is the chance to showcase your creation at one of the city's prestigious venues, Derby Museum of Making

Creativity is a talent highly cherished in Derby, especially at venues such as the Museum of Making (MOM) which celebrates the city’s rich manufacturing history.

Now, a collaboration between the award-winning museum, and a talented artist, will give the people of Derby a chance to share their personal creations with the world. 

The museum has teamed up with visual artist Hetain Patel to give a platform for fellow creatives.

People are invited to share their favourite hobby as part of a new project called The Hobby Cave.

Hetain has been commissioned by charity ArtAngel as part of a nationwide project that aims to bring together objects created around the commitments of daily life by people from Derby and beyond.

People who are crafters and makers are encouraged to participate and ‘shape the ambitious celebration of everyday creativity and self-expression.’

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Making objects by hand has always been central to Hetain’s practice. 

Whether converting his first car into a real life Transformer robot or creating his own Spiderman suit at his kitchen table, a number of his celebrated artworks combine joyful childhood obsessions with serious reflections on identity.

How you can show your work at Derby Museum of Making

Visit The Hobby Cave website and fill out the online form. 

You can include details of your project, such as materials used, and you can even upload photos or video of your creations. 

Hetain said: “Together with ArtAngel, we’re putting together the biggest exhibition of hobbies the UK has ever seen, in collaboration with galleries and organisations across the UK.

“We want to know about all the amazing things you create in your spare time, from the arts and crafty, to the nerdy, to the techy and beyond.

“My artwork such as Spider Man costumes and car converted into a Transformer, tends to start off with stuff I was obsessed with as a kid.

“For this new project, we want to know about your hobbies, whether big, small, popular or super niche. 

“You might modify your car at the weekend, or spend your evenings doing crochet or origami. 

“We know that despite all the challenges life throws at you, so many of you still manage to carve some time to do something where you create things to express yourselves - and that’s what this project is all about.

“So whether you make it, modify it, collect it, we want to know about it and celebrate it, so don’t be shy!”

For more information about submitting work, visit Hobby Cave’s website by clicking here