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City Arts’ Hockley Building Launch

Date published: 8 Dec 2014

Posted by: Joe Pick

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This gallery contains photos from the event we held to launch our new premises, 11-13 Hockley, on Thursday 4th December. Over 120 people dropped in to check out the new place, including ex-participants, artists and representatives from Arts Council England and Nottingham City & Nottinghamshire County Councils.

Nottingham City Councillor David Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, formally opened the building by cutting a ribbon, ably assisted by City Arts’ magical puppet Starchild. Becky’s Global Kitchen cooked up some delicious food. Musicians David Key, Chris Lewis-Jones, Lance Hume and Biant Singh kept us entertained.

Visitors had the opportunity to explore City Arts’ new four floor building, taking in some of the organisation’s best work from the past five years. Exhibits include: a giant puppet parrot that elderly care home residents made for the 2014 Nottingham Carnival; striking portraits of Nottingham locals produced by Kurdish photographer Gaylan Nazhad; and a 40 metre length of dyed silk, decorated by Nottingham community groups and artists visiting the 2012 festival World Event Young Artists.

Thanks to everyone who turned out to show their support and contributed to a fantastic night. Thanks to Rob Howie-Smith who sourced and renovated our fabulous new building.

Anyone who wasn’t able to make it can pop in before the 23rd December to have a look around the exhibition and pick up some unique handmade gifts.