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


Ceramic Flower

Workshops & Classes

Samba Dance
Tuesdays, 10th Jan – 28th March
7pm – 8.30pm

Join our amazing and inclusive carnival dance session and become part of the Can Samba 40/40 celebrations. We’re looking for 40 dancers (and 40 drummers) to celebrate our choreographer’s 40th year. 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
£17.50 advanced payment

Email to book.

Samba Dance Saturdays
14th January
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.

Samba Drumming
15th Jan, 26th Feb & 18th March
12 – 4.30pm

Beat (!) the winter blues and join the award-winning ‘Flying Free’ Bateria for our intensive weekends of samba drumming. Meet new people, eat good food and learn some sizzling samba rhythms.

£10 per session
£20 for all three sessions

Email to book.

Family Arts: Kite Making
14th & 15th February
2 – 4pm

Let’s go fly a kite!

Learn how to make and operate a super ‘sled’ kite, decorated with designs inspired by Japanese Samurai Warriors, on this fun two day workshop. On the first day cut your kite pattern, create your design and transfer it your kite using acrylic paints. On day two, we’ll build your kite, string it up and take it out to fly

£10 per adult
£2.50 per child

Eventbrite - Family Arts: Kite Making

Fabric Dyeing with Indigo
1st & 8th March
6 – 9pm

Learn the historic art of Indigo fabric dyeing

Over two workshops, artist Sarah Satchell will teach you all you need to know about working with the distinctive rich blue dye. Tie, fold, stitch, wrap & peg your fabric to create stunning patterns and discover how to safely use Indigo dye to bring them to life.

£30 for both sessions

Eventbrite - Fabric Dyeing with Indigo

Get Started with Ceramics
Mon: 20th Feb – 27th March
1 – 3.30pm

Design, create and decorate beautiful pottery on this subsidised six week course. Experienced ceramicist and teacher Sandy Bywater will guide you through the processes and techniques you’ll need to create your own ceramic artworks.

£60 for six sessions
Free for people in receipt of a means tested benefit

Eventbrite - Get Started with Ceramics


Performers in Nottingham Carnival

Flying Free Carnival Takeover

25th March

Missed Rio? Flight to Venice cancelled? Trinidad full? Join the City Arts Flying Free Carnival Troupe for an unforgettable day of carnival fun! Dress up in our carnival costumes before learning how to make your own headresses and costume pieces! At the end of the day we will try on your newly made costumes and dance to some Samba rhythms.

Please bring some lunch!

This event will raise funds for the City Arts ‘Flying Free’ troupe, in advance of our 2017 Carnival Season. It is an opportunity to have fun, meet new people, learn more about carnival and sign up to get involved.

£10 Adult
£5 Child

Eventbrite - Flying Free Carnival Takeover


Light Installation

Exhibitions & Events

Exhibition: Express Yourself Cityscape
4th – 29th January

This imaginative art installation was devised and created by young artists involved in City Arts’ Young Producers back in 2014, in collaboration with participants of City Arts’ Express Yourself programme. Young people teamed up with local graffiti artist Nathan Bainbridge to produce the piece. The installation is a stylised and humour-filled model of a modern city-scape, inspired by the architecture of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter.

Exhibition: Illuminated Window
6th Feb – 12th March

Older people from Radford Care Group, Sycamore House, Millbeck House and The Oaks care homes have collaborated with artist Raphael Daden to create a stunning illuminated interactive art installation for our window.

The exhibition is being produced for our Imagine – arts and older people programme and will debut at Nottingham Light Night 2017. Raphael Daden is a Nottingham based sculptor working mainly with light.

In Flux
25th January

Over the last few months Excavate have been working with The Centre for Hidden Histories to examine the history of borders in the Middle East and the implications of their continuing collapse on those who live in the region and those who are fleeing from the wars that have been unleashed there.

This sharing of a work in progress interweaves three monologues: the history of the secretive Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916 which led to the creation of Iraq and was a key influence on the current map of the Middle East; the story of a woman whose sisters all live in one nation and yet find themselves in four different countries; and a young man’s account of how he escaped the war in Syria to travel, via the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean ocean, to Nottingham. With projections, live music and performers from England, Turkey, Syria and Iran this should be a provocative and enlightening evening. If you would like to be invited to the sharing then please email

Tap Rhythm Jam
19th February
6 – 9pm

Freestyle tap dance with live music! Take part or simply watch and enjoy.

Nottingham’s Tap Rythm Jam, hosted by Jess Murray, is a place for tap dancers to come together and improvise to live music. The evening kicks off with a workshop led by special guest and acclaimed dancer Junior Laniyan.

Open to dancers of all levels of experience from complete beginners to professional performers. Borrow a pair of Tap shoes for free!

Workshop (6 – 7pm):
£12 per person
£8 for under 14s

Tap Jam (7 – 9pm):
£6 (free after 8pm)
Free for under 14yrs.

Do the workshop and the jam for £15!

Puppet Cabaret presents 28TooMany
11th March

This moving and challenging show uses puppetry to tell the stories of women affected by female genital mutilation.

Inspired by Verbatim Theatre, a form of documentary theatre in which plays are constructed from the precise words spoken by an interviewee, the show’s creators have teamed up with the charity 28TooMany to collect survivors’ stories.

28TooMany campaign to end FGM in the 28 African countries it is practised and their diaspora. The performance will be followed by a discussion with representatives from the charity and the show’s creators.

Delivered in partnership with the Theatre Design Department at Nottingham Trent University, this performance is the culmination of the Third Year Project by students Nikki Charlesworth, Amy Duran and Rachel Rolley.

£6 entry
£3 concession

Eventbrite - Puppet Cabaret presents 28TooMany

Exhibition: TAG
20th March – 23rd April

For over ten years, the Thursday Art Group has been meeting at City Arts try out new craft ideas, share skills and socialise. Working with volunteer artist SaRena Kay, the group offers support to members of the community who are isolated by the nature of illness, old age, financial insecurity, disability or any other challenge. For one month they will be showcasing some of their recent work.