Find out about The Art That Difference Makes


LEVEL is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation challenging perceptions and traditional notions of art, culture and societal divisions. We produce and promote art that is powerful and of relevance to all of our society – art that is not afraid to be different.

 Our work includes:

Multi media installations

Sound events

Performances & Performance Art events

Visual Art exhibitions

Interactive Digital Art

Workshop events and projects

Symposiums & Training/research sharing events

LEVEL Specialism

LEVEL has a wide public audience and a small production team working with participants and artists to produce new material. This work is influenced by our specialism in providing opportunities for adults with complex needs and learning disabilities to discover, experience, create and be inspired by cutting edge art, ideas and culture. We actively celebrate notions of creative difference and value the unique work that can originate from these differences. Our specialism informs and inspires our work but does not restrict it. We believe access to culture, ideas and the arts benefits everybody and there should be no limitations and no cultural restrictions. We see learning disabled people as a full part of our society and make every attempt to mitigate any cultural/societal divides and imposed limitations. All work is presented equally and without irrelevant distinctions.

Our reputation is for high quality work, professionally presented and underpinned by critical thinking. We are not afraid to be controversial and we want to make a difference.


LEVEL Interacts

We work with

  • Learning disabled people, carers and support organisations
  • Artists, performers and interesting people
  • Researchers, thinkers and sometimes politicians
  • Cultural and creative organisations
  • National & International Festivals

LEVEL Research

A research & development programme underpins all our work, providing ideas and material for our future and tools for evaluating & interrogating our practice. Our small but talented production team produces new work that can tour nationally and internationally. Where possible we collaborate with local, national and international partners, organisations and artists to make the best art possible.

Plan Your Visit

The LEVEL Centre is an award winning purpose built contemporary arts space located at the edge of the Peak District in rural Derbyshire. It provides fully accessible gallery spaces for installations, performances and events together with the resources to develop and produce new work.

Hours and Admission

LEVEL is not always open to the public as we have sessions, projects, workshops, events, filming etc.  We have public events which are advertised on this site, with times and dates.

Please see our latest events for more details.


We have two designated disabled parking spaces in the forecourt 

There is clearance space for large vehicles

A drop off point in the forecourt

Free public car park a short walk away

Level access from the forecourt and throughout the building

(If you know you will need one, please reserve your disabled parking bay in advance)

Access All Areas

LEVEL is committed to making its building, events, projects and services accessible to all audiences and in particular to visitors with disabilities. If you have any special requirements, we encourage you to contact us and we will discuss with you how we can help to make your visit an enjoyable one.

To provide the best possible experience at LEVEL, we actively encourage feedback. If you have any questions or suggestions please contact us.

We provide:

-A custom built centre designed for easy access and use by people with disabilities

-Changing/shower room with hoist

-Infrared system for visitors with compatible hearing aid system

-Foyer handrails

-Disabled toilets

-Full wheelchair access

-Parking facilities outside the building for people with disabilities and further public parking within a short stroll for mobile visitors

-Multi-sensory and interactive experiences designed for people with learning disabilities

-Makaton Level 1 trained staff

By Car

Rowsley is on the A6, approximately 5 miles north of Matlock and 3 miles south of Bakewell. Sat Nav users should key in the postcode DE4 2EL.

From the North, take the A6 Manchester to Derby road and follow signs to Bakewell. From Bakewell continue on the A6 signposted to Matlock/Buxton. After approximately 3 miles turn right into Old Station Close.

From the South, take the A6 from Derby and follow signs to Matlock. At Matlock stay on the A6 and follow the signs to Buxton/Manchester. After approximately 4 miles turn left into Old Station Close.

By Public Transport

There are excellent train links via Matlock and Chesterfield stations. Rowsley is served by three main bus services: the Transpeak operating between Manchester, Buxton, Derby and Nottingham; Trent Barton 6.1 between Derby, Wirksworth, Matlock and Bakewell; and TM Travel 214 between Sheffield and Matlock. The nearest train station is Matlock, from which you will need to pick up the Transpeak or 6.1 Trent Barton bus or a taxi. 

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