Shedding light in dark corners

A SELECTION of events have been programmed to tie in with a new exhibition in Derby’s Quad Gallery entitled A Darkness More Than Night.

A Darkness More Than Night explores contemporary art through ‘noir’, a genre most readily associated with stylish Hollywood crime dramas of the 1940s and 50s, yet whose precursors date back through 19th century literature to Greek tragedy.

Events including talks, exhibition tours, poetry and book nights as well as a Murder Mystery Dinner will take place in Quad during December and January.

Two Artists’ Talks will look in-depth at the exhibition. In December, there is a chance to meet Mike Cooter, one of the artists in the exhibition, and find out more about his work and his interest in the history and aesthetics of noir.

The Artist’s Talk with Mike Cooter will take place in Quad on Wednesday, December 14, from 2pm until 3.30pm, tickets are £3 per person and can be booked through Quad’s box office.

In January, writer and novelist Brian Dillon will give an Artist’s Talk exploring the themes present in A Darkness More Than Night.

A published author, Dillon is the UK editor of Cabinet magazine, also a contributor to Frieze, Artforum, and the Guardian. The Artist’s Talk with Brian Dillon will take place in Quad on Wednesday, January 11, from 2pm until 3.30pm. Tickets are £3 per person and can be booked through Quad’s box office.

Two free exhibition tours in Quad offer the chance for an informal tour along with an opportunity to hear about some of the exhibiting artists’ ideas. The exhibition tours are on Tuesday, December 6, and Tuesday, January 17, and will take place Quad Gallery from 12.30pm until 1.30pm. The exhibition tours are free but places need to be booked through Quad’s box office.

A Murder Mystery Dinner, presented by Lostboys Productions in partnership with Quad, will transport those taking part to a world of jazz, prohibition, glamour and murder.

A New Orleans-themed three-course meal will take place in a noir Speakeasy in Quad. During the meal, participants will become the detective, searching for clues, investigating crime scenes and following the evidence on a trail throughout Quad, exploring the venue as it has never been seen before.

Can you stop the killer before they strike again? The Murder Mystery Dinner takes place on Saturday, December 10, from 7pm until 10pm. Places are limited and need to be booked in advance through Quad’s box office on 01332 290606. For more information, please visit