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/link to book your place at any of the activities listed. For any event or activity without a button/link, 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

Workshops & Talks

ArtSpeak Creates: Leather Book Wraps and Binding
2 September, 1.30 – 4pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Make your very own personalised note book ready to fill with all your creative ideas, artwork or words in this practical workshop with artist Phiona Richards.
Suitable for ages 60+

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Liz Atkin: Reimagining Compulsive Skin Picking – Art for Recovery!
3 September, 1 – 2pm
Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham Innovation Park, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG7 2TU

Liz Atkin is an acclaimed visual artist, mental health advocate and speaker. She has Compulsive Skin Picking, a complex physical and mental disorder, and reimagines the body-focused repetitive behaviour and anxiety of the disorder into drawings, photographs, and performances. Join City Arts, the Institute of Mental Health and Liz for a talk in which she tells her story, and explores using art as a tool for recovery.
Suitable for ages 16+

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Introduction to Persian Daf drumming
2 October & 16 October, 7 – 9pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 1FH
Get an introduction to Persian Daf drumming at City Arts.
The unique instrument is a large Iranian-Kurdish frame drum. It is used in popular and classical music in Iran. The workshop will be lead by Sherry Fatemi from the Nottingham drumming collective Arnica. Sherry will guide you through the basics of playing the instrument, teach you some Persian rhythms, and explain the Daf’s important role in traditional Persian music. You do not need to have any previous experience of drumming or playing an instrument.
Suitable for all ages

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Live at City Arts

Ferentz and The Felons (US) + Mixtape Saints
8 September, 6:30pm – 9pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Zak Ferentz of the New Jersey band Ferentz and The Felons is coming all the way over the water for a little UK run in September with Mixtape Saints. Both solo acoustic. Gonna be smashing.
Check out latest the single ‘Hudson County’.

£4 ADV/£5 OTD
Suitable for ages 18+

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Poetry: Rain Dance & Skip Skip Skip
21 September, 7pm-10pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

A special double-bill of performances from two excellent spoken word poets, Leanne Moden and Chris Martin, who will be performing their full one-hour one-person shows, fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe!
Suitable for ages 16+

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Music: The Rheingans Sisters
14 October, 7pm-10pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Award-winning musicians and composers The Rheingans Sisters bring their critically acclaimed third album Bright Field to City Arts! Winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for ‘Best Original Track’, The Rheingans Sisters make playful, powerful and richly connecting music that is wholly contemporary while deeply anchored in folk traditions.
Suitable for ages 18+

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Exhibitions & Events

Exhibition: Uncertainty & the Unknown
5 June – 11 October, 10am – 4pm
Institute of Mental Health, Jubilee Campus, Triumph Road, NG7 2TU

Our latest exhibition with the Institute of Mental Health features over 50 works, from 42 artists. They capture different ways that people experience and cope with anxiety, uncertainty, self-doubt and fear of the unknown.

Exhibition: Cantrell Carnival
5 August – 26 August, 10am – 5pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

An amazing carnival queen costume created by the Arts Ambassadors at Cantrell Primary School. The group worked with artist Yasmine Long to design and create this amazing costume and its accessories.

Young Producers Present “Friday Fuddle”
27 Sep, 7:30 – 11pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

An open mic for all types of art and performance run by the Young Producers at City Arts! Share what you are working on with a friendly and supportive audience. Bring food and break bread with fellow creatives. Young Producers is a group of artist and creatives aged 18 – 30, who support each other, create art, produce events and curate exhibitions.
Suitable for ages 18+

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Nottingham Print & Publishing Fair
28 Sep, 11am – 5pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Nottingham Print & Publishing Fair is an annual event bringing together small press publishers, zine-makers, printmakers, and papercraft artists. This will be the event’s third year with a range of creative workshops, talks and stalls for all ages. It will join together two community arts spaces just a stone’s throw from each other, City Arts and The Carousel print space and artist studios. NPPF aims to bring together audiences for book fairs, print fairs and zine fairs to create an eclectic range of art prints, stationary, magazines, books, and gifts.
Suitable for all ages

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