More than one anchor was one of four programmes devised by City Arts for World Event Young Artists 2012. This work was developed by acclaimed international artists Choman Hardi, Gaylan Nazhad and Shane Shambhu, in conjunction with community groups from across Nottingham.

Group photo of participants and artistsCity Arts’ has long track record of working with diverse communities including refugee and new arrival groups. For the past 3 years, in partnership with Long Journey Home Nottingham, we have supported regionally-based artists in our Artists in Exile Project and engaged participants from many countries including, Iraq, Kurdistan, Angola, Iran, Zimbabwe, Yemen and Burundi, through studio space, events, facilitation of community workshops, exhibitions, training and employment.

Artistically manipulated photo of womans faceDuring a series of workshops with community groups in August and September 2012, the artists developed collaborative work that culminated in a new performance piece that explored combined artforms consisting of performance, poetry and photography.  This work built upon that of our acclaimed international performance showcase Solo Art, Solo Heart (2009 and 2011), through which we have fostered local and international collaborations and engaged minority communities.

City Arts would like to thank all of the artists and participants that have contributed to this programme of work, without which the work would not have been possible. The final performance was showcased in September at Nottingham Contemporary by Sooree Pillay, Sara Omar, Shaxawan Hama, and Oliver Warrington.