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


Creative Workshops

Poetry and Graffiti Workshops
Thu 24 May, Fri 25 May, Tue 29 May, Tue 5 June, Thu 14 June, Fri 15 June
5 – 7pm

Share an important journey from your life! Write poetry with Nottingham’s Young Poet Laureate Georgina Wilding and create an artwork with top graffiti artist Kid30. You will learn new skills and showcase your creations at an event on 17th June. Part of Refugee Week.

For 13 – 17 years olds.


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Events & Exhibitions

Events: City Arts Folk Proms
25 April, 9 May, 23 May, 6 June, 20 June

City Arts is mounting a series of Folk Proms in the intimate surroundings of the performance space at its Hockley base. The acts booked are all East Mids and Notts-based, local talent. They include Kellys Heroes. Marc Block, Delicata, Higgs Bo’sun and Paul Carbuncle. They’ve been chosen for their ability to delight audiences and create a warm and enjoyable event.

Find out more about the Folk Proms

Exhibition: 101 Beads – Kurdistan in War
27th April – 25th June

British-Kurdish photographer Gaylan Nazhad presents photographs from Iraqi Kurdistan, captured over the past two years during the regional conflict with Islamic State. From the frontline to refugee camps and detention centres, the images depict the lives of people affected by war and the reality of a daily existence dictated by conflict.

Part of Refugee Week.

Event: ‘101 Beads’ Book Launch
16th June
6 – 7.30pm

Join photographer Gaylan Nazhad for the UK launch of 101 Beads: Kurdistan In War, a photographic representation of liminality and violence.

Images from the frontline, refugee camps and detention centres are used to express the flux of war and its consequences for the psychological, physical, and metaphysical landscape of Kurdistan and its people. The book’s photographer, himself from Kurdistan, attempts to disparage many assumptions of the Middle-East and even violence itself.

Free (places limited to 30)

Part of Refugee Week.

Event: Arts in Action
17th June
6 – 9pm

Arts in Action is headlined by Georgina Wilding, Nottingham’s Young Poet Laureate. Take a walking poetry and performing arts tour, representing the journey of refugees around the world. Join the JME dance company from 6pm in the Nottingham Writers’ Studio basement, then head over to City Arts for an open mic, exhibition and performances from some of Nottingham’s best. Drinks available from the Writers’ Studio bar.

This event is a collaboration between the Nottingham Writers’ Studio, City Arts and Nottingham Amnesty Group. Part of Refugee Week.


Featured image: “Lost” by Galyan Nazhad