People Express


People Express is a professional community arts organisation working at the forefront of regeneration, community and cultural sector development in South Derbyshire. The organisation supports community-led creative and cultural activities that enable groups to use the arts as a tool for learning, communications and development.



We have developed the ‘People, Place and Participation’ commissioning models from the strengths and learning from our previous Plan. The models articulate our measures of ‘success’, i.e. what we expect from each commission, and will be used as a basis for evaluation. People Express is using three different commissioning models to help us attract and develop work with […]

Thu 30th August, 2018

Opportunity: Textile/ Printing Commission

People Express is looking to commission an innovative textile artist/ printer to work in a primary school in South Derbyshire to create some textile hangings for their dining room. The theme of the hangings is healthy eating and foods from around the world. We are open to your ideas and interpretations. We are looking for […]

Mon 14th December, 2015

Crafty Chatters

People Express have helped a small committee of Older People to form Crafty Chatters. We supported the group in gaining £9800 from the Big Lottery Fund through Awards for All. Open arts sessions for the over 55’s run every Monday morning, 10.30am-12.30pm at Oaklands Village, Swadlincote. Session take place in the Craft room (near the […]

Wed 25th November, 2015

People Express is 25

Formed in November 1990,  People Express was an Unincorporated Association registered Charity  number 1005753.   In  2015 it started trading as  a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered charity number 1158735.

Wed 25th November, 2015

Work Placement

Hi, my name is Katie Gyte and I have spent five days at People Express to complete a work experience placement from Sunday 29th June to Thursday 3rd July. I found out about People Express through a Derbyshire council website that listed lots of organisations where we could possibly find work placements and I was […]

Wed 2nd July, 2014

Arts Council National Portfolio announced

People Express are pleased to announce our success in securing ongoing support from the Arts Council as a National Portfolio Organisation. Many thanks to the Arts Council for their ongoing support and thank you to everyone that helped us with the writing of the bid. We cannot wait to begin the new programme of work […]

Tue 1st July, 2014

People Express Board Members Required

Unique opportunity to join the board of a successful community arts organisation with a 25 year record of innovative projects for community groups.  If you are passionate about the arts and able to contribute ideas and opinions please email for an information pack.  Deadline for applications Thursday 10th July 2014 at 12pm.

Wed 25th June, 2014

Festival of Leisure 2014

On the weekend of 28th and 29th June 2014 People Express will be attending the Festival of Leisure at Maurice Lea Memorial Park, Church Gresley, near Swadlincote. Over the weekend festival goers will be able to drop into our marquee to take parts in arts activities, view exhibitions and films. Arts activities are drop-in and […]

Wed 18th June, 2014

People Express return from the International Community Arts Festival

The People Express team have recently returned from the International Community Arts Festival in Rotterdam. Julie B, Hema and Kalila attended the festival as representatives of both People Express and  EMPAF (the East Midlands Participatory Arts Forum), some of whose members led two workshops during the festival. The ‘Caravan of Dreams’ was a pre-festival tour […]

Tue 22nd April, 2014

Test Blog

People Express are proud and pleased to welcome you to our new website …please browse through our project pages and see the films, read our books and contact us if you are interested in working with us… don’t forget to follow us on youtube, twitter and facebook.

Thu 20th March, 2014

Famous at Last Film

Please see the trailer of our Famous at last film below…  To view a full copy of the film go to the Famous at Last page on our website or click on our youtube link…

Tue 18th March, 2014

Famous at Last!

Supported by an ‘All Our Stories’ Heritage Lottery Fund  grant we  invited the older generation to share their life stories. The project aimed to celebrate our elders and expose our ‘saga louts’. What is it to be old? Is 80 the new 70? Is 70 the new 60? Over 8 months, older participants got involved […]

Wed 5th March, 2014

Bronze Arts Award Presentation

Congratulations to the 18 young people who completed and passed the bronze arts award.  Certificates are being presented  on Wednesday 12th February 2014 at 5.30pm at People Express.

Mon 27th January, 2014

Are you ready for FAME?

“Famous at Last!” premieres on Thursday 21st November 2013 at Oakland Village, Swadlincote. This short film funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund”all our stories” grant, stars local older people with extracts of rare archive film footage and photographs. The premiere of this film is an opportunity for participants, along with their friends and family, to […]

Mon 18th November, 2013

Hello and Welcome!

PEOPLE EXPRESS is a professional community and participatory arts organisation, based in Swadlincote, that works primarily with and for the communities of South Derbyshire. People Express believe that everyone has creative potential. Our job is to help create the projects and bring together the artists that will inspire and support people to take part in [...]

Thu 9th May, 2013

Green Light for the Arts!

Ten young artists from William Allitt school worked with professional graffiti artist Julian from Positive Arts to create two stunning panels please see Green Light project page above for further info…..

Tue 12th February, 2013

New Projects for 2013!

‘Famous at Last!’ - is a project supported by the Heritage Lottery aimed at working with older people as participants and volunteers. It will capture, on film, the life stories, wisdoms and advice for the younger generations of older participants who have recently  moved into the newly built Oaklands Housing complex, which includes new provision [...]

Wed 30th January, 2013

Seasonal Gathering and General Meeting

You are all welcome to attend our seasonal Christmas gathering on Tuesday 18th December 2012 from 5pm till 8pm.  The event will include  a short General Meeting at 6pm and an African Drumming Performance.  Please RSVP by Thursday 14th December 2012 by telephoning 01283 552962, emailing or follow us on twitter @PeopleExpress1 and send [...]

Wed 21st November, 2012

We’re pleased to announce that Kalila Storey  joined us as Project Co-ordinator, employment commenced on 5th November 2012

Mon 19th November, 2012

Something to SHOUT! about …

Over this year People Express has been working with local community group SHOUT! to support them to provide a wealth of new opportunities in the arts for families with children with disabilities and their siblings.  Please see our new page under projects for more information.

Mon 1st October, 2012

General Meeting

We are holding a General Meeting on Thursday 11th October 2012 at 6pm at our base  to agree proposed changes to the Constitution.  The meeting is open to members of the public and all are welcome.  Please contact the office if you require further information.

Tue 25th September, 2012

People Express Annual Report

Please click on the link below to see a copy of our latest Annual report for 2011-2012 People Express Annual Report

Thu 6th September, 2012

Summer Vibe Aged 8 to 17 years?  Come and join People Express for Pottery and Ceramics at Hilton Village Hall on Wednesdays and The Old Post Centre at Newhall on Fridays between 2pm and 4pm from 23rd July to 31st August 2012.  Full list of  activities provided  each week by all organisations  below:   Activities [...]

Wed 1st August, 2012