Archive for September, 2009

‘Don’t Stop Believing’ Exhibition at QUAD

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Don't Stop Believing Exhibition at QUAD

Photo courtesy of QUAD

The new ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ exhibition was launched at QUAD on Friday 18th September to a busy crowd of families and art lovers alike. We went along to have a look and found the gallery space transformed into a hands-on family friendly environment with activities for all ages, encouraging people to get involved.

There is a ‘Hidden Stories’ area with short written records of myths and legends in the local area, sent in by the public and collated by QUAD – we read some creepy ghost stories about Derby! Other things worth seeing are ‘The QUADMOS’ solar system and an ‘Interactive Forest’ full of fantasy creatures and animations. Derby artist Fay Nicolson has also devised ‘All Work and No Play’ a production line for making party hats! It has to be seen to be fully appreciated!

The exhibition will be in the gallery spaces and throughout the QUAD building until mid November and includes exhibitions, performances and events all based around the ‘art of participation.’ The activities will invite people to ‘see, touch, make and do, to enjoy and explore’  and are suitable for all ages.

Katapult produced the VIP invites to the launch which were designed to be doodled on and then fitted together as a sculpture on the night.

See the QUAD website for more details.

Eco-Fest 2009

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

I had  a great time this weekend volunteering on The Great Orangutan Project stand at Eco Fest in Derby’s Markeaton Park, helped by the good weather and the positive eco atmosphere.

Everyone was very interested in the project and it was nice to help raise awareness – even  if the kids did keep referring to the orangutans as monkeys! We raised a fair amount for the project by selling raffle tickets and t-shirts and I sold a few of Dawn’s photographics prints which she took while working on the project in Borneo.

Markeaton Park was buzzing with families and seemed to be a really great day out for everyone, with great live music, veggie food stalls and lots of entertainment for the kids. More importantly, it was great to see all the kids interested and involved with the environmental activities such as making bird boxes in the Do One Thing for Wildlife tent and crazy things out of recycled products in the Waste Not Want Not tent. If you missed it, you missed out.

Thanks to Fiona from The Great Orangutan Project and husband Ray who helped make the weekend enjoyable and raised lots of money for the project.

Eco-Fest 2009 back in Derby this weekend

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

wind turbines

This year, the main theme of Eco-Fest 2009 will be climate change. The emphasis will be on raising awareness of the environment and giving people ideas on what they can do to help.

There will be a number of themed marquee areas such as ‘Do One Thing for Wildlife’, ‘Grow Your Own’ and ‘Travelwise’ all with various interactive information and games for the kids. There will be fair trade things on sale, as well as other home grown produce from local allotment holders.

Other exciting features of the event are live music, non animal based circus ‘The Croissant Neuf’, storytelling, facepainting, a bouncy castle and slide and plenty of other family friendly activities.

As Dawn will be in Berlin, I will be standing in on the Great Orangutan Project stand in the ‘Do One Thing for Wildlife’ marquee. As part of her sabbatical earlier this year, Dawn worked on the project in Borneo for a month. She took some amazing pictures which will be sold this weekend with all proceeds going back into the project. So, please come down and see me on the stand. To preview the prints, please have a look at Dawn’s blog.

Eco-Fest will be held on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September – 11am until 5pm in Markeaton Park.

Eco-Fest is ideally placed in context of the recent 10:10 launch – the national campaign to reduce emissions by 10% in 2010. Please join up like us.

‘What’s Stopping You?’ Campaign shortlisted for CIPR Awards

Friday, September 11th, 2009

what's stopping you campaign materials

Derbyshire County Council’s ‘What’s Stopping You?’ campaign has been shortlisted for the Hard to Reach Communications Excellence Award at the 2009 CIPR Excellence Awards and the Community Relations Award at the CIPR PRide Awards.

Katapult developed the campaign which is targeted at young people aged 12-16 with the aim to help raise aspirations and to support the work of schools and other agencies on issues which are closely linked to levels of ambition including exam results, teenage pregnancies and health.
As well as developing the brand style for the campaign, Katapult produced a range of campaign materials including posters, press ads, lanyards and presentation slides.

The judges commented that the shortlisted in the Hard to Reach Communications Excellence category had ‘produced integrated, well designed and branded materials that built into a campaign accessible for partners and stakeholders as well as the primary audience’.

Find out more about the CIPR Awards and see who else has been nominated at

Sign up for ‘A City Adventure’

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

A City Adventure

Theatre Writing Partnership and Derby LIVE will be introducing the world renowned Stan’s Cafe to Derby for A City Adventure, a unique theatre writing experience. A City Adventure will be part of the Momentum Festival 2009 programme of events; a series of writing workshops, performances and events for adults and children, soon to be launched.

Katapult are currently developing the Theatre Writing Partnership & Momentum Festival branding, along with a new website and this year’s Momentum Festival programme of creative workshops and events.

A City Adventure which is happening in Derby and is part of Momentum Festival 2009, will include a morning of guided creative tasks in the city centre and an afternoon of writing and sharing ideas. A professional company of actors will be exploring the work created during the workshop and will make a live presentation on Saturday 3 October 2009.

Book your place on the workshop on Friday 2 October 10am – 4.30pm or find out more by contacting Bianca on 0115 947 4361 or There are very limited places and tickets cost just £10 or £7 for students including lunch on Friday, so reserve your place now.

Busy Derby Feste Weekend

Monday, September 7th, 2009

In addition to representing our city in the Search Party VS Derby table tennis tournament, the Katapult team were also around to sample the rest of the events on offer over the Derby Feste weekend.

We took part in some unusual activities at QUAD on Saturday afternoon. Dawn and Dan had an intimate experience in the Coors Cafe Bar taking part in the Etiquette event; all we know is there was headphones and role playing involved. Meanwhile some of us were using our ‘creativity’ in the QUADMOS project, helping to make a solar system made up of Derby towns. We created a Chaddesden/Chester Green planet. Pop in to QUAD to have a look or make your own! All efforts will be exhibited in QUAD later this year.

Saturday evening entertainment began for us watching bands on Cathedral Green and chuckling at the very funny Vegetable Nannies. We then made our way to the market place for what we think was the highlight of the weekend, the Mobile Homme Transe Express drummers! Hoards of people gathered to watch as the drummers came banging their way through the crowds before being attached to a giant crane and lifted high into the Derby sky, above the Guildhall and QUAD.

transe express drummers

transe express

transe express

addictive TV

The evening ended with a unique performance by the world’s number one Audio Visual artists Addictive TV (above), who got everyone moving again with their blend of classic and contemporary film, dance music and stunning visuals with a spectacular performance using the BBC Big Screen.

Although in true concert tradition, it poured on Sunday evening for the start of the Darley Park Concert, it did dry up later in time for the incredible classical crescendo and fireworks. Thousands of people sat the rain out to see the end of the Derby Feste celebrations for another year.

See more photos on flickr

Katapult VS Search Party Ping Pong Match

Monday, September 7th, 2009

dawn vs search party ping pong

phil vs search party ping pong

Katapult decided to take part in the Search Party VS Derby table tennis game in the market place on Saturday, another aspect of the weekend’s Feste activities!

The Katapult team donned multi coloured sweat bands to take on Search Party’s Jodie. This must have worked because we did pretty well – gaining 3 out of 4 possible wins for Derby. I still feel bad for letting the side down. Sorry guys!

Good news is, by the end of the two days of play Derby beat Search Party! So, pat on the back to Katapult’s Dawn, Dan and Phil for their contribution!

Herbert’s Dream launches Derby Feste

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Derby Feste was officially launched at Derby Museum & Art Gallery on Friday with a few words from Stephen Munn from Deda and Helen Osler from Derby City Council.

herberts dream

Image Credit Seamus McKenna

We then gathered outside where we were greeted by four tall, mysterious figures who led a growing crowd up to Cathedral Green. At Cathedral Green, they then transformed into huge unearthly beings that magically lit up and performed a dancing ritual which culminated in the release of a huge ball of light into the sky, bright enough to light up the entire Green. The Close-Act characters then led people off into the market place for the big street party.

herberts dream

Image Credit Seamus McKenna

We all enjoyed the Derbyshire Volunteers Ceilidh Band who got everyone up and dancing in the market place, some of us got quite confused with the moves! The centre was buzzing with people all enjoying the continental feel that had spread over Derby.

Katapult back 10:10 climate change campaign

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

The 10:10 climate change campaign was launched yesterday at Tate Modern and attracted thousands of supporters including campaigners, celebrities, MP’s and a public all ‘eager for change’ according to the Guardian.

Katapult have registered to support the 10:10 project and help contribute to reducing the UK’s carbon emissions by 10% in 2010.

Signing up as a business, we are pledging to help reduce our own carbon footprint across four key areas which are grid electricity, on-site fossil fuel use, vehicle fuel use and air travel. Individuals, businesses and organisations of all kinds are encouraged to register their commitment to actively help combat climate change.

By signing up to the 10:10 target, we will not just be supporting the idea at Katapult, but actually be a part of making it happen. We encourage all our staff, clients, suppliers, friends and family to get onboard and find out more at