Empowering people through the arts, creativity and fun!
People Express builds relationships for deeper level socially engaged work between artists and participants, excluded communities and groups with shared interests, resulting in well-made, ambitious and original projects producing artwork that moves, inspires and resonates with audiences.
People Express is a well-established arts organisation (25 years old in 2015), with complex, far-reaching and deep-rooted relationships with the communities in the district where it has grown, and a track record of innovative and high quality participatory and community arts projects that have attracted national and international acclaim.
Originally founded in 1990 as an Unincorporated Association registered charity 1005753 with a board of voluntary committee members, People Express changed into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered charity number 1158735 in 2015 run by a board of Trustees. We are currently revenue funded by Derbyshire County Council and South Derbyshire County Council and are an Arts Council NPO (National Portfolio Organisation). We are a key member of EMPAF (East Midlands Participatory Art Forum), championing the promotion of the region’s strength in the range, quality and diversity of arts engagement.