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


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Exhibitions & Events

Exhibition: How we came to be…
29th September – 16th November
10am – 5pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Celebrating the diversity of our city and reflecting the experiences of its young refugee residents. Nottingham’s Young Poet Laureate Georgina Wilding has teamed up with artists Nathan Bainbridge and Graham Elstone to create an interactive exhibition for the City Arts window.

This summer, City Arts and Georgina Wilding ran workshop with young people from Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum. This exhibition was inspired by their words. It marks the end of City Arts fortieth year creating life changing art.

Exhibition: 10 Years of Express Yourself
11th October – 15th December
10am – 5pm
Gedling Borough Council Civic Centre, NG5 6LU

A exhibition of photographs  celebrating ten years of amazing creative work produced by young people as part of City Arts’ Express Yourself programme.

Express Yourself offers fun, free, creative courses to 13 – 17 year olds experiencing emotional health and wellbeing issues, helping them reach their potential.

Viewing by appointment only. Call Sarah Cook on 0115 901 3605.

Event: Young Producers present “Friday Fuddle”
19th October
7pm – 10pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Young Producers is a group of artist and creatives aged 18 – 30 who support each other, create art, produce events and curate exhibitions. Do you ideas you want to get off the ground? Do you need some support to keep your creativity flowing? Drop in and find out how to get involved. Bring food and booze and share your work with the group.

Book online

Exhibition: Objects of Desire
19th – 23rd November
10am – 5pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Led by sex workers, Objects of Desire preserves stories and challenge stereotypes about sex work by archiving and exhibiting items gifted by clients. Objects in the archive range from a lucky set of underwear, to jam and preserves gifted regularly by a client, to a bike used to cycle to every booking.

This exhibition in the City Arts window, features images from the Objects of Desire archive alongside stories from the sex workers who donated them.

The full Objects of Desire archive exists online at It is open to submissions of objects from past and present sex workers. Objects of Desire is supported by Open Society Foundation.

Paper Peace: Peace Poem Tour
17th & 18th November
Sneinton Market Plaza

Emergency Exit Arts’ 14ft high illuminated Peace Poem arrives in Nottingham. Created with poet and artist Robert Montgomery, it is the start of a year-long programme celebrating the 100th anniversary of peace following the end of World War 1. Expect a weekend of poetry and workshops, get creative with local artists and explore how we can all be active peace builders in our communities.

The Peace Poem Tour marks the launch of Paper Peace. City Arts is a partner in the project, which is led by outdoor art specialists Emergency Exit Arts. The tour will visit towns and cities across England, from Bradford to London. Before arriving in Sneinton Market it will be visiting communities in and around Nottingham.

Find out more

Young Producers present “The Penny Dropped”
24th – 30th November
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Young Producers is a group of artist and creatives that support each other to create art, produce events and curate exhibitions. Join them as they takeover City Arts for “The Penny Dropped”, a week of workshops, exhibitions and events.

Featuring local legend, myths and alternative facts. The Young Producers will take a playful look at the origin of words, language and idioms.

Young Producers Website

ADVENT: Christmas Craft Market
7th – 12th December
10am – 5pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Buy something beautiful for friends, family or yourself. Featuring some of Nottingham best local crafts people.

We will also be running a crafting corner where you’ll have the opportunity to create your own fantastically festive gifts.


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Live at City Arts

Poetry: Between the Shadow and the Soul
3rd October, 7th November & 5th December
7:30pm – 10:30pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Nottingham’s most exciting poetry event, the first Wednesday of the month at City Arts! Come one, come all to experience the highs, lows, laughs and tears as we carry you through an evening of beautiful words and heartstopping emotions.


Music: Synaesthesia Electronica at Hockley Hustle
28th October
7pm – 11pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Synaesthesia Electronica present a showcase of some the most exciting electronic music talent in Nottingham. Brought to you by the team behind Nottingham’s Electronic Music Open Mic (EMOM) nights, this event will combine electronic music with visual and digital art.

Hosted by stalwarts of the local EMOM scene, Meddla, Flavolous and Time in Antarctica, this event will feature an eclectic mix of electronic music styles covering dub, ambient, electro, trap, synthpop, bass music and many more.  The night will be headlined by pioneers of the Nottingham underground electronic music scene, Congi, purveyors of melodic bass music.  Other acts include Death Electro band Goteki, local beatbox legend Motormouf and the hypnotic and enchanting Yumah.

Book via Hockley Hustle

Music: Chloe Glover & Chloe Hawes
30th October
6pm – 11pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Singer-songwriter UK folk-punk from two rising stars.


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Music: Holly Redford Jones
4th November
6pm – 10pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Warming, bluesy and dreamy jams. Support from ELANA, Ichabod Wolf and Quesadilla.


Book Online


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Workshops & Talks

Can Samba Dance
25th September, 2nd October, 9th October, 16th October & 23rd October
7pm – 8.30pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Join Can Samba as they prepare for the wonderful and incredible Hockley Hustle on Sunday 28th October 2018. Everyone should experience a Carnival parade and this is your opportunity to do just that. Come and learn Samba and our unique way of parading and bringing joy to the streets.

£6 per session
Suitable for 16+

Email to book

Express Yourself Taster Session: Bookbinding
13th October
10:30am – 12pm
Antenna, 9A Beck Street, NG1 1EQ

Come to The Parents of Teens & Pre-Teens Village Expo October 2018 to find out about our free, fun, creative courses for young people in Nottinghamshire. Express Yourself will help you build confidence, learn new skills and make new friends.

Join our workshop and learn how to bind your own journal, sketchbook, scrapbook or photo album. Materials included.

This taster workshop costs £5 per person
Suitable for ages 13- 17

Book via Parenting Takes a Village

Can Samba Percussion
14th October & 11th November
12pm – 3pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

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

£11 per session
Suitable for 16+

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Family Fun: Traditional Shadow Puppets
23rd October
3:30pm – 5:30pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Shadow Puppets are an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment. A puppeteer can make the figures appear to walk, dance, fight, nod and laugh.

Learn how to make your own traditional shadow puppets using recycled materials. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

£3 per child, parents free
Suitable for 5 – 11 year old

Book online

Family Fun: Young Hustlers
28th October
12pm – 5pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

SHEAfriq take over City Arts for Young Hustlers. Learn DJing, song writing and music production from this Nottingham-based, grassroots creative collective comprised of creative women of African heritage. They’ll also be creating a Young Hustler’s documentary, with the help of the Young Hustlers themselves.

Book via Young Hustlers

Family Fun: Halloween Shadow Puppets
30th October
3:30pm – 5:30pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

City Arts is getting spooky this Halloween! Create some truly terrifying shadow puppets and ghoulish glass lanterns. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Seminar: Objects of Desire
21st November
6pm – 7pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Featuring objects donated by sex workers, the Red Project host an opportunity learn about Objects of Desire, an archive of items gifted to sex worker by their clients.

Suitable for ages 18+

Book online