Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

In the frame with Brian Griffin

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Brian Griffin Format Photography Festival Commission

Normally used to leading on the creative front, a few of the Katapult team earlier this week became the subjects for a new commission by internationally renowned photographer Brian Griffin.

Brian Griffin, coined “photographer of the decade” by The Guardian, came to take pictures of Dawn and the team for his new commission for the 2013 Format International Photography Festival, launching in March next year.

Brian recently launched “The Road to 2012″ for the National Portrait Gallery, producing portraits of some key figures involved in the bid for London 2012 and responsible for delivering the Olympic Park infrastructure. The project aims to showcase a lasting legacy of the London 2012 Olympics Games.

Being passionate about photography and having been involved with the branding and marketing for Format for the last five years, we were proud to be asked to be part of Brian’s new commission due to be exhibited in Derby next year. After a thoughtful recce around our building, judging lighting conditions and use of space in each room, Brian finally decided on a location for the piece. Without preconceptions of how he would construct the image, Brian’s imagination and eye for detail in instructing us how to move or where to stand demonstrated amazing creative and technical prowess, which wowed us all. We’re looking forward to seeing the chosen image and displaying it here in the building for all to see in the new year.

Unfortunately we can’t release the background to the commission; the project will remain closely under-wraps until further details are released by Format Photography Festival in the press later this year.

NB: There are now only three days left for all photographers, artists, curators and collectives to upload their work to the Format Exposure submissions site; the theme this year being ‘Factory’.

Cultural Connections fright night at Calke Abbey

Friday, August 24th, 2012


What a brilliant summer’s evening and a suitably eerie venue to host another great event for our guests: The Woman in Black summer night’s screening at Calke Abbey.

Having worked with QUAD since 2008, we’ve been hosting Cultural Connections, our joint monthly events for clients, suppliers and partners for over a year now. In addition to last year’s outdoor screening of The King’s Speech at Kedleston Hall, we’ve since hosted some fantastic cultural events for our guests including National Theatre Live screenings, exhibition launches, an Olympic Torch Relay celebration party and various film screenings at QUAD.

Arriving at Calke Abbey at 6pm to entertain guests with Pimms and lemonade and strawberries and cream in the evening sunshine, we watched hundreds of others arrive in the grounds to set up picnics and prepare themselves to be scared – pillows and blankets at the ready! We had also prepared some treat bags with a creepy quote from the film to set the tone for the evening. Some of our guests commented on how original it was to spend an evening of informal networking in such beautiful surroundings.

As a location for outdoor cinema screenings, Calke Abbey is not just expansive and visually impressive, but possibly much under explored as a place of historical interest in the region. Currently in the care of the National Trust, the Grade I listed country house estate has an interesting history dating back to the sixteenth century. Before the National Trust took over the care of the property in the 1980’s, it had remained almost untouched for over 100 years. As such, the crumbling paintwork and overgrown courtyards provided the perfect creepy backdrop for The Woman in Black, sharing much in common with Eel Marsh House from the film (and perhaps it even has a ghost or two?)

As the sun began to go down, Calke Abbey came into its own, creating a chilling atmosphere before the film had even begun. Shadows were cast on the walls of the house by people’s torches and candles, really putting the audience in the mood for the jumpy bits that would follow.

Watching everyone settle on the sloping bank on chairs and blankets with candles and bottles of wine waiting for it to get dark, created a feeling unlike that of being in a cinema. It is hard not to feel part of the action on screen when you are out under the stars, not to mention making a film like The Woman in Black hit even harder with its scary punches – cue lots of screams and shouts from the audience along with people ducking under blankets they had brought along (myself included).

With the outdoor cinema events, QUAD have done such a great job in making the most of the limited summer we have; with outdoor screenings taking place at numerous venues around the county between May and September. However, most importantly I think, the Summer Night’s Film Festival has encouraged people from in and around Derbyshire to venture out into the county and explore some of this country’s most spectacular historic properties; and what better way to showcase Derbyshire’s fantastic heritage than providing the setting for some brilliant cinema?

Born Free Pride in the Park Ball

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Born Free Brochure

We had a great time at the 12th Born Free Pride in the Park Ball this weekend, which raised over £20,000 for the Born Free Foundation, a charity which we’re very proud to support.

The event was organised by long-term ambassadors of the charity, Val Hackett and Mike Carey and hosted by Born Free’s founder, Virginia McKenna OBE. We were amongst 200 guests that attended and enjoyed a three course dinner, dancing and a swinging Sinatra tribute act at Pride Park stadium.

We supported the event by designing the evening programmes and MD Dawn Foote donated TWO weekends in her campervan – The Ginger King Camper - raising over £700 for the charity.

PechaKucha – local kids take to the global stage

Monday, April 30th, 2012

PechaKucha Night Derby #5

The fifth PechaKucha Night Derby event took a slightly new angle with the event held last week at QUAD.

The 20/20 PechaKucha event format which originates from Japan is traditionally an adults-only night featuring speakers who present entertaining talks about their interests and passions using 20 slides with 20 seconds to talk about each one.

Last week’s PechaKucha night was a first for the Derby event, with youngsters from Portway Junior School in Allestree taking centre stage.

Katapult MD Dawn has been co-organising the PK nights in Derby with Simon Foote, Simon Foote Architects and Aleena Naylor from BBC Radio Derby for just under a year and was approached by Martin Adler, a teacher from Portway with the idea of getting his class of seven and eight year olds involved. Dawn visited Portway earlier in the year to talk to the kids about PechaKucha who were all full of enthusiasm to take part.

The children were encouraged to source all their own images and write their presentations themselves; young Archie (below) even chose to do his fantastic presentation on Kenya vs Derby without any notes or prompts.

PechaKucha Night Derby #5

All the children were amazing and very inspirational in terms of their presentation content and the courage it takes to speak in front of so many people – an audience in excess of 60.

Martin Adler said “It has improved the children’s speaking and listening skills and their awareness of presenting for an audience. We are looking at ways of using the same technique to present projects in school. This will give other children a chance to develop their skills and have a go.”

I think we all learned something from their presentations and they have definitely set the standard for future events. Read more on this at This is Derbyshire.

If you would like to take part in the next event on 25th July, please contact the organisers via the form on the Derby PechaKucha web page

Dawn is running the Virgin London Marathon

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012


Over the past 4 months, you may have seen Katapult MD Dawn Foote hitting the streets of Derby as part of her training for the London Marathon on April 22nd.

Inspired after watching last year, Dawn signed up and was unexpectedly awarded a place in the ballot. Having never ran more than 10k previously, the prospect of running 26.2 miles is a huge challenge – there have been aches and pains aplenty over the last few weeks as her weekly mileage increases with “the long Sunday run” now up to 14 miles.

Dawn is raising money for REACT, a charity close to her heart, having completed a volunteer conservation placement with the organisation in 2009 in Borneo. The endangered animal charity connects volunteers to various conservation projects over the world, informing people of ways they can contribute to vital fundraising or conservation projects to protect and conserve the world’s most endangered animals.

Dawn will be hosting a charity auction after she has completed the Marathon (no pressure!) but in the meantime please support Dawn by visiting  Virgin Money Giving. All donations and support are hugely appreciated.

Expect the Unexpected – PechKucha Night Derby #4

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

PechaKucha Night Derby #4

After three fantastic events, PechaKucha Night Derby has gained an impressive following of those who hunger to hear all things inspiring . PechaKucha Night Derby#4 on Thursday 26th January promises a line up of speakers as entertaining and inspiring as those who went before them.

PechaKucha Night Derby #4 lineup:

# Peter Gibbon – Cuba 50 Years On
# Ben Spiller – Challenging Perceived Barriers, Meeting in the Middle and Finding Common Ground
# Keith Jeffrey – Noir
# Chris Wakeman – What Would Olaf Mellberg Do?
# Simon Foote – Chapter 28
# Adam Russell – Self Organising Word Soup
# Clare Foye – What’s Love Got to Do With It? (Using Statistics to Explore the Abstract World)

Due to the popularity of the event it would be best to arrive early to avoid disappointment, as entrance is on a first come first served basis.

PechaKucha Night Derby #4 will be held in the Box at QUAD at 7.30pm on Thursday 26th January. Entry is £3 or free with a valid student card.

Have a look at the pictures taken of the enthusiastic presentations from PechaKucha Night Derby #3 to see what you can expect.

Also see the Pecha Kucha Derby page

Celebrating 10 years of Method and Magic at Alton Towers

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Team Katapult and kids at Alton Towers

What better way to reward and celebrate 10 years of Method and Magic than a trip to Alton Towers!

The team, along with partners and kids, celebrated Katapult’s 10th birthday this weekend. Favourite rides of the day included Rita, Air (with front row seats), Thi3teen (which frightened a few of us more than we expected) and Enterprise (three very brave Katapult kids and three very nauseous adults on a wheel that spins very fast. The youngest to brave Enterpise was Amelie aged 3 and the oldest to bottle it was Neil, aged 40+). With fast track tickets to get on all the rides, we managed to have a full day of fun and fear. Job well done.

It was a great way to mark the occasion – as you can see above from our slightly bedraggled group shot of those we managed to rally together at the end of the day and the rest of the team on the rapids, below, we had a good time. Shame we couldn’t take Brad though.


Cultural Connections Event at Kedleston Hall

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Kings Speech Outdoor Screening

Katapult & QUAD present…Cultural Connections, a special monthly event for our clients, suppliers and partners.

This Saturday we hosted a selection of guests for the spectacular outdoor screening of ‘The Kings Speech’  at Kedleston Hall.  The hospitality began with Steve from QUAD’s catering team providing a fabulous spread for our guests . I was in control of drinks, so mixed up some delightful Pimms…which seemed to go down very nicely…mmm…. lots of fresh fruit and the lush smell of mint leaves.

We already know that The King’s Speech  is an amazing film but what a stunning location to watch it in. Being on the lawn of Kedleston Hall really added something grand – the sense of history & British heritage felt ever so more rich. The screen was erected in front of  a ‘ha ha’ which allows uninterrupted views of the parkland and grazing areas beyond. As the night sky cleared of the clouds you could  just gaze up to a beautiful starlite sky, the words of King George VI filled the valley and in the quite moments you could hear in the distance the sheep that grazed barrrr…barrrr.

I had prepared a treat bags for our guests, each with a handwritten ‘quote’ from the film, there certainly wasn’t much problem finding great quotes.

treat bags

A really enjoyable evening & certainly looking forward to future outdoor screenings.
Next time I might take a woolly hat though.

Written by Dawn x

More information about Cultural Connections:

Each month for our clients, suppliers and friends we provide a limited number of tickets for a film/event of our choice, a drink (which you can enjoy during the film/event), some tasty  treats and informal networking before and after.

No two events are the same ranging from unique outdoor events, live performance, films, private exhibition viewings, VIP Launches and networking.

QUAD is a charity which provides facilities and services that connect people and businesses to art and film, creating opportunities for entertainment, education and participation. Katapult continue to be a key sponsor of QUAD, currently sponsoring  the Digital Studio which provides creative courses. Katapult have also worked with QUAD on their branding, marketing and website, we are proud of the success QUAD has achieved since opening its doors in 2009 and are encouraging other businesses to take advantage of its facilities, from digital courses, conference facilities and space hire, creative business training, team-building workshops and creative and technical event solutions and support.

Making Magic (and Method) in the Digital Studio

Saturday, June 11th, 2011


We are pleased to announce Katapult are now the official sponsors of the Digital Studio at QUAD, to mark the occasion the Katapult team decided to test out some of the equipment last night when we took part in one of QUAD’s team-building animation workshops.

We started off with an introduction by Darius Powell, QUAD’s Digital Resources and Training Officer, by which point we were all itching to start creating and the ideas began floating around the room.

Within 4 hours we were aiming to come up with a stop-motion animation piece for our Method and Magic values to replace the Flash animation we currently have on our website. After a brainstorming session, storyboard and a bit of a debate along with lots of paper cutting, plasticine moulding, doodles and illustration the Method and Magic finally came together to produce a fun and quirky animation.

Apologies to QUAD for any plasticine clouds or worms we may have left behind!

The animation is currently undergoing a few tweaks from Phil, applying his post production k-motion magic and we expect to have a version on the Katapult site soon.

For more information on the digital and creative courses available in the Katapult Digital Studio please visit QUAD

Courses range from learning Digital SLR Photography, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Animation, Screenwriting, Film Production, Music Production and Graphic Design. The studio also works on a wide range of education and community projects which can be seen on their blog.


Duck design secrets revealed…

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

After winning Derby’s Best Dressed Duck Award on Saturday, we thought we would reveal a few design secrets, in the making of our ducks…


Orville the Duck

Above: Green spray paint + some green fluff + fabric glue + a towel for a nappy + a giant safety pin.

Orville the Duck

The end result!

Katapunk, the doodle duck

Katapunk Duck

Above: Some white spray paint + a punky pink mohawk + some black and pink (waterproof) Sub ink illustration pens

Katapunk Duck Design

Katapunk duck being sprayed in the car park – away from cars!

Katapunk the doodle duck

The illustration begins!

half way katapunk