Shedding Light on Long Covid Project

The Social Higher Education Deposit, S.H.E.D was conceived in 2019, taking the premise of a garden shed, it was developed into a reconfigurable, touring space that could support cultural and socio-civic research practice, S.H.E.D has been working to address place-making, by co-designing with communities a D.I.Y, sustainable and civic place to talk. 

This thought-provoking installation at Derby Cathedral and Museum of Making features a display of artworks ranging from podcasts, photography, mixed media, live performances, online and in-person workshops and shared research data. There are QR codes located on the installation to take you to a wide range or works made by local and national artists and organisations on the topic of Shedding Light on Long Covid. S.H.E.D is a platform for the public to communicate their thoughts and opinions on the issues affecting their daily life. 

We are proud to be an inclusive and neutral space, to platform the voices of others - accepting of all points of view and lived experiences. We are proud to provide a platform for Derby to come together, whilst showcasing a range of local and national research, community projects and artistic talent through this project. 

S.H.E.D is a safe space for issues that matter most for people to be heard. The work of S.H.E.D acts as a catalyst for positive change to address challenges place-based changes, from health and wellbeing issues, climate crisis, economic inequalities and promotes social mobility. 

S.H.E.D can be easily transported and constructed as a venue for various uses, such as create workshops and public consultations. We have installed and presented our research both national and internationally. We have given Keynotes about our work for the Design Council, CHEAD, the All Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group, British Academy and Cumulus, the Global Association for Art and Design. Our research into placemaking is a case study for the National Centre for Academic and Cultural Exchange. 

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Our Shedding Light on Long Covid Conference took place in October 2023 at the Museum of Making, Derby. 

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Shedding Light on Long Covid Workshops

S.H.E.D is a flat-pack mobile arts venue that has over 22 different possible configurations, all co-designed and co-created with the public. It is a unique space for civic dialogue and social cohesion in relation to justice, equality and climate change while opening opportunities for conversations with the public in the city. S.H.E.D installation designs are brought to you by the S.H.E.D design team working alongside students from the BA (Hons) Interior Design Degree at the University of Derby and our amazing partners and collaborators.

S.H.E.D has been made possible through collaboration with a range of civic and arts organisations in the UK and internationally. We have worked in partnership with the National Justice Museum, Make to Make, M-prez Enterprise, CivicLab, Derby County Community Trust, CHEAD, Derby Theatre, BabyPeople, Quad, Artcore, UK Arts Council England, Derby Cathedral, University of Derby, Claypotts Castle Primary School, V&A Dundee, Littleover Community School, Design Council UK

S.H.E.D is brought to you by: Designing Dialogue Community Interest Company (S.H.E.D) the first spinout company for the University of Derby

Founding Director and CEO: Dr Rhiannon Jones, University of Derby

Company Directors: Sarah Webb and Barend Slabbert 

Lead Designer: Barend Slabbert

Lead Technical Designer and Build Manager: Harry Freestone 

Curator and Creative Director: Rhiannon Jones

S.H.E.D Identity: Ashleigh Armitage 

Accolades Include - Finalist for Universities Alliance Award (2022), Shed of the Year finalist (2020), UK Green Gown Awards: Benefitting Community (2021) and Social Impact Award and Catalyst Grant from the Royal Society of Arts (2023)

Thank you to all the commissioned Artists: Dr Alice Marshall, Dr Michael Pinchbeck, Dr Gemma Marmalade, Dr Phil Haris, Dr Rhiannon Jones, Dr Xristina Penna

Research Leads: Dr Mark Faghy, University of Derby & Dr Rhiannon Jones, University of Derby 

The Installation has been made possible through collaboration with a range of organisations in the city and beyond: 

Project partners

  • University of Derby
  • CivicLAB
  • Museum of Making
  • M-prez Enterprise 
  • Derby Book Festival 
  • Derby County Community Trust

Research partners

  • Long Covid Kids
  • Long Covid Physio 
  • University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust 
  • NHS National Rehabilitation Centre 
  • Gilead 
  • HL-Pivot 
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