What we did: highlights from July – September 2015

Date published: 3 Dec 2015

Posted by: Joe Pick

Dancers with silk discs

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We want everyone to see the full range of City Arts’ activities so, as well as the articles, videos and photo galleries on our website, we have decided to start sharing regular reviews of our work from the past 3-months, including news from First Art, a major arts programme that is taking City Arts into North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire.

Check out some highlights below or download our new-look review of what’s being happening at City Arts in the last few months.

Cerebral Palsy World Games

Performers hold painted silk discs

The Cerebral Palsy World Games ran for one week in early August, bringing competitors from around the world to Nottingham, and were bookended by incredible City Arts produced opening and closing ceremonies, performed to an audience of 1200 people, at Harvey Hadden Stadium.

“Well done for assembling a team of worldclass artists and staging such a spectacular event, full of diverse and talented performers. Only City Arts could have achieved that blend of artistry and celebration”

Cllr Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, Nottingham City Council

Nottingham Carnival

Mobility scooter carnival floats

On the 23rd August 2015, following an strenuous but hugely enjoyable procession around Victoria Embankment Park, Can Samba & City Arts’ ‘Flying Free’ troupe took home the titles ‘Best Troupe’ and ‘Nottingham Carnival Band of the Year’ for their amazing performance in the Nottingham Carnival parade.

Having joined forces with new Nottingham based carnival company Can Samba, City Arts produced its biggest, most inclusive, carnival troupe to date. The theme was ‘Flying Free’; a celebration of birds, bees and other creatures of the sky.

Express Yourself

Summer time saw a series of successes for our long-standing and much loved Express Yourself programme, which offers a diverse and inspiring range of creative projects to young people facing mental health and wellbeing issues.

We were delighted to learn that our applications for funding to Children in Need and Boots Charitable Trust were approved. The money will ensure that we can continue to provide this essential and life-changing service for a further a year. In addition, twenty people who took part in the programme received Arts Awards.

Lacy Days

A selection of stunning 3D portraits of elderly visitors to Radford Care Group taken as part of Lacy Days, a project run for City Arts’ Imagine – Arts and Older People programme, formed part of ‘The Dreaming House’, a fine art textile exhibition at Newstead Abbey.

The photographs were accompanied by the older people’s memories of the world famous Nottingham lace trade and sat alongside Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry’s “Coming Out Dress”, a flamboyant party dress made for his alter-ego Claire, and garments by Caroline Broadhead, Lucy Brown and Naoko Yoshimoto.

Active Ashfield

Wired Arial Theatre performance

First Art supported Active Ashfield, a project encouraging Ashfield residents to get actively involved in sport and physical activity and to lead a healthy lifestyle.

We brought a wonderful day of arts, entertainment and spectacle to an event launching Kirkby-in-Ashfield’s new plaza. Wired Aerial Theatre performed ‘Straw Dog’ – a stunning contemporary dance piece, interpreting a fight scene, with an operatic soundtrack.