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


Giant Puppets


Creative Workshops

Family Float Making
1st & 3rd August
1pm – 4pm

Venue: Bowling Pavillion, Arnot Hill Park

Help create a carnival float!

These free and fun family workshops are a great way to get your family involved in carnival. Join us and make beautiful decorations inspired by birds, bees and flying free.

Artist Chloe Hardey will turn them into a spectacular design which will lead our troupe at Nottingham Carnival.

FREE (Drop in sessions – no need to book)

City Arts Mas Camp
Weds & Thurs: 9th – 20th August
11am – 3pm

It’s carnival time and you can get involved at City Arts!

A Mas Camp is where costume designers and makers pull together to create a carnival troupe. Come down to City Arts and join in with the big make at our fun, friendly drop in workshops. Resident carnival company Can Samba will be making some amazing costumes, alongside other artists working on this year’s float, new costumes and more. We need your help!

Families welcome

FREE (Drop in sessions – no need to book)

Puppet Club
9th August
6pm – 8pm

Join our team of volunteer puppeteers!

Puppet Club continues to explore the weird and wonderful puppets living in our basement, and we are inviting people to come and learn how to assemble, operate and maintain them. In August we will focus on carnival puppets – you’ll have the option to be part of our carnival troupe helping to operate our latest creations.



Eventbrite - Puppet Club


Takeaway poetry stall

Spectacular Events

First Art’s Takeaway Poetry
5th August
10am – 4pm

Venue: Hucknall Town Centre

For the second year running, our sister project First Art will be celebrating Lord Byron in his hometown of Hucknall. The Poetry Takeway team have been invited to Hucknall Town Centre for the day. The Poetry Takeaway is the world’s first mobile poetry emporium – staffed by a rotating cast of poets, it serves up free, made-to-order verse in ten minutes or less. All orders include a one-on-one performance as well as a handwritten serving in branded packaging (open or wrapped).

FREE (No need to book)

Conference: Local Government – The Arts and Older People
5 &  6 September

A two day conference looking at innovative approaches to improve the health and wellbeing of older people. On Wednesday 6 September inspiring and innovative projects from our Imagine Programme will be showcased throughout the day. The day will feature the visual arts, digital arts, dance, music and performance.

Organised by Nottingham City Council in partnership with the Imagine Programme and supported by The Baring Foundation

£28 (one day)
£44 (both days)

Learn more and find out how to book your place


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

Amazing Exhibitions

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
28th July – 1st September

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.

Exhibition: 40 Years of City Arts
10th September – 30th November

At a public meeting in 1977, the seeds were sown for a new organisation that would eventually become City Arts. In the months that followed, Nottingham Community Arts and Crafts Centre was established in Hyson Green, at the site now occupied by New Art Exchange. Over the next 40 years Nottingham Community Arts would transform into City Arts – the organisation that you know (and love!) today. This exhibition showcases a small selection of highlights from our archives.