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

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
1st Jul, 1:30 – 4pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH
ArtSpeak is a new City-wide arts programme for people aged 60+ providing opportunities for you to enjoy the arts as a creator, a participant or an audience member. Come along to our first session at City Arts to explore your creative potential, have some fun and meet new people in an Artist led workshop. All materials and refreshments are included.

Workshops include: a Poetry Masterclass, Silk Painting, Book Binding, Linocut printing and festive mosaics. For full details and to book your place visit the ArtSpeak website or get in touch for more information: artspeak@radfordcaregroup.org.uk / 0115 978 6133
£5 per session
Suitable for ages 60+


Flower Pounding
6 July, 10am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Learn a new creative skill with artist Sarah Satchell. This fun outdoor art activity is suitable for families with children aged 5+.

We will use a variety of bright flower petals & leaves picked from the garden, which are laid onto small squares of cotton fabric, and gently hammered. The natural dye pigments transfer from the petals on to the cloth, producing amazing flower colours.

You will leave with finished flower-dyed squares. Use them to decorate your home or turn them into greetings cards!
The workshop will take place in City Arts’ Community Garden (or indoors if it is raining!).
£5 Adults
£4 Children
£4 Concessions
Suitable for families

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Fabric Tie-Dyeing with Indigo
3 Aug, 10am – 4pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Learn the historic art of Indigo fabric dyeing!
Artist Sarah Satchell will teach you all you need to know about working with the distinctive rich blue dye. Tie, fold, stitch wrap & peg fabrics to create stunning patterns and discover how to safely use Indigo dye to bring them to life.

This hands-on day workshop will teach how to work safely with the dye. You will leave with your own unique patterned fabrics and instruction sheets.

All materials and safety equipment provided. Drips are to be expected so wear clothes you don’t mind getting stained! Bring a packed lunch
£30 per person
£25 Concessions
Suitable for ages 16+

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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+


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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Music: Simon Waldram – ‘Into the Blue’ Album Launch + support
27 Jul, 7pm – 10:30pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Live at City Arts is delighted to host a or launch party for Simon Waldram‘s new album ‘Into the Blue’ (Mad to Live / Phase Velocity Records). He will be performing songs both old and new, solo and with special guests emzae music and Fern Wesson. The amazing Lisa de’Ville music and Judith Ude will support.

£4.00
Suitable for ages 18+

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Poetry: DIY Poets
8 Aug, 7.30pm – 10:30pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

DIY Poets (we’re nice and we don’t always rhyme) have been performing poetry in Nottingham for over fifteen years. Tonight, the first of our quarterly nights at City Arts, will feature an open mic, DIY Poets, plus a wonderful acoustic musician/ singer. We are also launching issue 46 of our free A6 zine.

£3
Suitable for ages 18+

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Music: Anna’s Anchor / George Gadd / Tea Leaf + more
26 Sep, 7pm – 10pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Hailing from Limerick, Marty (Anna’s Anchor) combines fantastic songwriting with powerful (and sometimes hilarious) storytelling. More recently, he has toured with Sean McGowan, Gaz Brookfield and also as guitarist in The Winter Passing.

€8.00
Suitable for ages 18+

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Exhibitions & Events

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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Draw & Play at Lightest Night
21 Jun
Families: 6 – 8.00 pm
Adults 18+: 8.30 – 10.30pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

Come and have some fun celebrating the lightest night of the year with City Arts. Draw portraits of yourself, your friends and family. Draw a stranger to make new friends! We will have a ranger of board games available (including giant Jenga!).
Take the opportunity to check out ‘markmaking’, our new exhibition for Nottingham Refugee Week, as you play, relax, make friends and have a drink at our café bar
Free


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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Fortune & Glory Film Club Presents: Masters of the Universe
29 Jun, 7pm – 10pm
City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH

An interactive screening of the notoriously naff, live action adaptation of ‘80’s cartoon classic ‘He-Man and the Masters of the Universe’! Expect a goody bag of interactive surprises; cosplay; quote-along lines; silly contests, and bad prizes. Like Secret Cinema on a poundshop budget!
£8.00
Suitable for ages 18+

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