Discover activities to suit all ages and budgets in this fantastic programme of workshops, performances and events. Find out how you can get involved!

How to book:

Click the appropriate ‘Book’ button to book your place at any of the activities listed. For any event or activity without a button, simply show up on the day. Donations are appreciated by not necessary – pay what you can! All income raised through this programme will go towards our work with people excluded from the arts.

For enquiries, or help with booking, contact us at:
0115 9505 251


Felt Artwork


Workshops & Classes

Carnival Dance
Tuesdays, 25th April – 28th June
7pm – 8.30pm

Join our amazing and inclusive Carnival dancers for the Can Samba 40/40 celebrations! We’re looking for 40 dancers and 40 drummers to celebrate City Arts and our choreographer’s 40th. Come and learn all there is to know about street samba, have fun, keep fit and join us for our 2017 Carnival season.

£6 per session
£20 for 5 sessions

Email to book.

Carnival Percussion
21st May & 17th June
12 – 4.30pm

As the weather warms up make sure you sign up to be part of the sizzling sound of the summer!

Join the award winning Flying Free Bateria for an afternoon of samba drumming. Meet new people, eat good food and learn some samba grooves.

£10 per session

Email to book.

Family Workshop: Felt Making
31st May
10am – 1pm

Felt specialist Wendy King will guide you through the process of creating a beautiful felted picture. You’ll use wool fibres and traditional felting techniques to create a landscape inspired masterpiece.

If you have a favourite landscape picture you would like to bring for inspiration, please do.

£12 per adult
£16 one adult + one child
£5 per additional child

Eventbrite - Family Workshop: Felt Making

Puppet Club
7th June
6 – 9pm

Join our team of volunteer puppeteers!

City Arts has a basement full of fabulous puppets, and we are inviting people to come and learn how to assemble, operate and maintain them. In each Puppet Club session you’ll meet a new puppet and discover how it works.

Once you’ve got to grips with the puppets, there will be plenty of opportunities to demonstrate your skills at events and appearances around the city.



Eventbrite - Puppet Club

Samba Dance Saturdays
11th June
12 – 6pm

Can’t commit to our weekly Tuesday dance sessions? Join SaRena Kay for a one day intensive dance session where you’ll learn moves and grooves that you’ll have the ability to showcase as part of our award winning carnival troupe. Lunch included.

£30 on the door
£22.50 in advance
£12.50 for members

Email to book.


Here & Now - Exhibition at the Institute of Mental Health - 17 May-28 September 2017

Exhibitions & Events

Exhibition: Nine Years of Express Yourself
28th April – 19th May

For nearly a decade, City Arts’ Express Yourself programme has given young people a safe, creative environment in which to learn new skills and build their confidence. Over the years the programme has produced many success stories, allowing young artists to shine and discover new passions.

This exhibition features a selection of work created by young people over the last nine years, from photography to sculpture, puppetry, creative writing and graffiti. It is a celebration of the power of creative self-expression.

Exhibition: Here & Now
17th May – 29th September
10am – 4pm (weekdays)

Our reality is a succession of unique moments, each affecting our well-being.

City Arts has teamed up with the Institute of Mental Health and invited artists from across the UK to create work that responds to the idea of living in the ‘Here and Now’. This diverse selection of work captures a range of different ways that unique moments affect our mental health.
Join us for the launch at 3.30pm on Wednesday 17 May.

Location: The Institute of Mental Health, NG7 2TU

Exhibition: Carnival Kick-Off
23th June – 25 August

Get in the mood for carnival season!

We will be exhibiting some of the finest, most fabulous, creations of the ‘Flying Free’ carnival troupe, as well as showcasing new ideas and works in progress. Come check out our colourful costumes and find out how you can get involved.