Creative city

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Creative city

Series summary

The University of Nottingham, working with a range of external partners in the east Midlands, will hold a series of events
focused on the city of Nottingham as a creative space and source of inspiration. The programme will explore the heritage of creativity in the city as well as its contemporary creative culture.

Telling tales of Nottingham exhibition | Thursday 12 November – Sunday 22 November

This exhibition will be developed from work created in a workshop prior to the festival showcasing images made by students who will tell the story of their weekend in Nottingham, through the eye of a lens.

This presentation will explore the enduring appeal of the art of Joseph Wright of Derby (1734–97), in his own time and since, including current plans for displaying his work.

Poetry treasure hunt: how to make a secret art code | Saturday 14 November

Starting with a public workshop on how to make an ‘art code’, participants will make their own aesthetically-pleasing barcode, encrypting the secrets of a poem within their design.

Pop-up language classes | Saturday 14 November & Saturday 21 November

The event will give individuals and families a taste of what it means to study a different language, including Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish.

Creative city: artists’ and makers’ fair | Sunday 15 November

This afternoon fair will offer a collection of local artists’ and makers’ work in a truly unique setting to celebrate Nottingham as a creative city.

Hidden tales of of the Theatre Royal: animating the archive | Sunday 15 November

From stage door dramas and ghosts in the old hotel, visitors will experiment with new technologies to access different stories from the theatre’s historic collections and bring its past to life as well as highlight other locations in the city centre.

Creating a public art gallery | Monday 16 November

Professor Richard Wrigley (University of Nottingham) will focus on some of the remarkable objects and exhibits which came to Nottingham as a result of the first regional public art gallery.

Looking back on the Midland Group | Tuesday 17 November

Although its heyday was the 1960s and early 1970s, and it closed altogether in 1987, this panel discussion will focus on how the Midland Group’s legacy is still felt in the city, and the way it continues to inspire a new generation of artists working here.

Consider smell I: urban smell walk of Nottingham’s caves | Wednesday 18 November

Starting with an exploration of the Nottingham caves, which perspire over 900 years of olfactory traces from tanneries to air-raid shelters, this event surveys different regions and times through the nose from the local neighbourhood to the Arctic.

Consider smell II: Nottingham exhibition | Wednesday 18 November – Saturday 21 November

Starting with an exploration of the Nottingham caves, which perspire over 900 years of olfactory traces from tanneries to air-raid shelters, this event surveys different regions and times through the nose from the local neighbourhood to the Arctic.

Guided walk and creative writing workshop | Wednesday 18 November

Join us on a guided walk from Eastwood, the hometown of D.H. Lawrence, to the Erewash canal and discover some of the locations important to the author’s first creative impulse.

Lawrence, class and culture: talk by Professor Neil Roberts | Wednesday 18 November

This talk will focus on D.H. Lawrence’s two different homes and exposure to these different cultures formed him.

Contemporary Nottingham: re-imagining creativity from below | Wednesday 18 November

Dr Alexander Vasudevan will bring together a group of local activists, artists and other creatives to discuss the challenges and opportunities that they face in exploring, mapping and developing the city’s various creative possibilities.

Page vs stage | Friday 20 November

Join Mouthy Poets and Nottingham Writers’ Studio for a lively evening combining readings with debate and audience participation.

Screening of B.S Johnson’s ‘Dead of Night’ (12) with introduction by Jonathan Coe | Friday 20 November

In anticipation of the street performance of B.S. Johnson’s ‘The Unfortunates’, a collection of rare film footage of Johnson and his work will be shown.

But I know this city! A city-wide reading of B.S. Johnson’s ‘The Unfortunates’ | Saturday 21 November

Over the weekend of 21–22 November, theatre company Excavate will perform the novel ‘The Unfortunates’ in 27 different locations: bars, bookshops, bus stops and a host of the finest nooks and crannies that Nottingham has to offer.

PH Emerson: photographer and author | Saturday 21 November

This one-day symposium explores Peter Henry Emerson’s photographic and editorial vision, and is an opportunity to see ‘P.H. Emerson: presented by the author’ exhibition.

But I know this city! Community theatre workshop | Sunday 22 November

Over the weekend of 21–22 November, theatre company Excavate will perform the novel ‘The Unfortunates’ in 27 different locations: bars, bookshops, bus stops and a host of the finest nooks and crannies that Nottingham has to offer.

Consider smell: London | Saturday 21 November

At this day-long workshop, participants will smell through human evolution and explore the unique London odourscape

Led by:  University of Nottingham
In partnership with:Nottingham Museums and Gallery Service | Derby Museums and Art Gallery | Nottingham Writers Studio | Nottingham Creative Quarter | Galleries of Justice Museum | The Theatre Royal, Nottingham | Nottingham Museum and Gallery Service (Deborah Dean) | Nottingham Contemporary | D.H. Lawrence Heritage D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum | D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre | Nottingham Contemporary and Primary | Nottingham Writers’ Studio | Mouthy Poets | Excavate Theatre Company

Location

University of Nottingham
Nottingham
United Kingdom

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