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:

booking@city-arts.org.uk
0115 9505 251

Workshops & Talks


Drawing Workshops
Mondays: 11 Mar – 8 Apr, 7pm – 9pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Learn a range of different drawing techniques in a friendly and supportive environment. No experience necessary. In each session you will explore a different approach to drawing, from still life to creating visual depictions of music.
£6 per session
Suitable for ages 18+

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WORDPLAY ARCADE: Family Friendly Poetry Fun
27 Apr, 12pm – 4pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Roll up! Roll up! Drop in to our interactive poetry arcade! Play word games including hook-a-duck poetry, the wheel of words, 3D poem printing and much, much more. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Pay on the door
£3 per adult
£1.50 per child
Suitable for all ages


Spanish and Art – Junior Classes
29 Apr & 13 May, 7pm – 9pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Learn basic Spanish with a twist! hablArte bring language learning and art together.

Using a mix of artistic and creative skills, these classes will teach you how to speak, read, write and understand Latin American Spanish.
£40 for two sessions
Suitable for ages 8-12

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WORDPLAY presents: ‘Writing, Drawing and Drawing out the creative’ with John Hegley
4 May, 10.30am – 12pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Join the acclaimed performance poet John Hegley for a wordplayful workshop. We will create in groups, en masse and individually, probably. Accompanied by mandolin playing and a bit of song. No experience necessary.
£15
Suitable for ages 16+

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Spanish and Art – Intermediate Classes
Mondays: 3 Jun – 8 Jul, 7pm – 9pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Learn basic Spanish with a twist! hablArte bring language learning and art together.

Using a mix of artistic and creative skills, these classes will teach you how to speak, read, write and understand Latin American Spanish.
£15 per session
Suitable for ages 16+


Family Friendly Iranian Drumming
17 June, 5pm – 7pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Learn to play some soothing Iranian rhythms. We will be playing the Daf, a unique percussion instrument from the Middle East. The workshop will be followed by a performance from Nottingham drumming collective Arnica.

This event is being put on by the Nottingham YANA community as part of Refugee Week. Food and drink available from the City Arts cafe.

Part of Nottingham Refugee Week
FREE
Suitable for all ages


ArtSpeak Create
Monthly Mondays starting July 1st, 1:30 – 4pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH
ArtSpeak have Artist led workshops for you to join in. Come along to a session, have some fun and meet new people. All materials and refreshments are included.

Contact us for more information about each workshop artspeak@radfordcaregroup.org.uk or call 0115 978 6133
£5 per session
Suitable for ages 60+

Live at City Arts

Poetry: Between the Shadow and the Soul
1 May, 5 June, 7:30pm – 10:30pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Nottingham’s most exciting poetry event! Experience highs, lows, laughs and tears at this evening of beautiful words and heart-stopping emotions.
Pay what you can
Suitable for ages 18+


Music: Lilith Ai
19 Apr, 7pm – 10:30pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH
FAN CLUB & GADDDIY present DIY singer-songwriter Lilith Ai. Support from Me Rex, Jemma Freeman & the Cosmic Something, and poet Matt Abbott.
£4 in advance
£6 on the door
Suitable for ages 18+

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Music: Ben Mark Smith + Tori Sheard, Rory Cannon & Laurie Illingworth
20 Apr, 7pm – 10.30pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Ben Mark Smith combines beautiful finger picked melodies with tales of family, friends and loss.
£4 in advance
£5 on the door
Suitable for ages 18+

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Poetry: WORDPLAY
26 Apr, 7pm – 11pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

An evening of spoken word and the launch of Nottingham Poetry Festival’s Augmented Reality project. Featuring live performances from the city’s most exciting up-and-coming poets. We will end the night with an open mic, sign up if you are feeling inspired!
FREE
Suitable for ages 18+

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Music: Project Blackbird
17 May, 7.30pm – 11pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Project Blackbird is a visionary, international collective of five East Midlands-based musicians. “Imagine a party at Ronnie Scott’s where Sade, Björk, Jeff Beck, and David Byrne meet Portishead”. Support from Jennifer Bell and Wilson Walker.
£6 in advance
Suitable for ages 18+

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Live at City Arts: Doggerland; North Sea folk music
11 Jul, 7pm – 10:30pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Live at City Arts is delighted to host this rare opportunity to catch a Scandi flavoured folk night of exceptional quality. Doggerland’s focus is on the common musical heritage of the North Sea and the lands around it. Their unusual line-up, their innovative musicality and their infectious enthusiasm result in a unique musical experience – they call it North Sea music.

Support from the wonderful Bill Kerry III
£6.50
Suitable for ages 18+

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Exhibitions & Events

Exhibition: 10 Years of Express Yourself
13 Mar – 25 Apr, 10am – 5pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

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


Exhibition: The ARt of Poetry
26 Apr – 6 May, 10am – 5pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

An augmented reality project for Nottingham Poetry Festival. Point your phone at the City Arts window and, as if by magic, the city’s most exciting up-and-coming poets will perform for you.


Exhibition: Thursday Art Group
9 – 30 May, 10am – 5pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

TAG is a artists self-support group that meet regularly at City Arts. See what they’ve been working on in the our window!


Young Producers present “Friday Fuddle”
24 May, 7pm – 10pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

An open mic for all types of art and performance! Share what you are working on with a friendly and supportive audience. Bring food and break bread with fellow creatives.

At this Fuddle we will be hosting artists, youth workers and representatives of organisations from across the EU. Come and find out about their countries, art and experiences. Make new connections and enjoy international foods and treats.
FREE
Suitable for ages 18+

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Long Play: The Rolling Stones’ ‘Exile on Main St’
31 May, 7.30 – 9.30pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Revisit and listen to a classic album in its entirety on original vinyl. Listen LOUD on our fab sound system, without worrying about annoying your neighbours or family. This month’s selection is ‘Exile on Main Street’, by the Rolling Stones.
Free
Suitable for ages 18+

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Exhibition: markmaking
15 – 22 Jun, 10am – 5pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

When we create art we make a mark on a surface. When we arrive in a new place we make a mark on a community. For Nottingham Refugee Week, artists have been invited to create work reflecting on what it is to be a refugee in Nottingham and beyond.

Includes work from:

VOICES – Led by poet Ben Norris, as part of a residency for Inspire, young adults from the Refugee Forum have been working to create poetry that shares their voices and experiences. Their words will be accompanied by Ben Harriott’s photographs of the project

The Book of Ours – created by all seven schools in Bulwell as part of the Bulwell Arts Festival. The book grows every year, and incorporates words and pictures from the children. This year, the children will explore the picturebook ‘My Name is Not Refugee’. Storyteller, Nikki Rafferty and visual Artist, Rachel Scanlon will create a project that encourages positive social bonds and healthy relationships through the development of empathy and emotional literacy.

Part of Nottingham Refugee Week
Opening event: Sat 15 June, 7-9pm


Fagee Fashion Show
19 Jun, 12pm – 7pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

FaGee Fashion host two mini catwalk shows of their fabulous clothes and accessories. The unique brand brings a range of African fashion to the UK. There will be items available to buy or commission throughout the day.
Catwalk shows at 4pm and 6.30pm.
Part of Nottingham Refugee Week
FREE
Suitable for all ages

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Long Play: Joni Mitchell’s ‘The Hissing of Summer Lawns’
28 Jun, 7.30 – 9.30pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Revisit and listen to a classic album in its entirety on original vinyl. Listen LOUD on our fab sound system, without worrying about annoying your neighbours or family. This month’s selection is ‘The Hissing of Summer Lawns’, by Joni Mitchell.
FREE
Suitable for ages 18+

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