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Stories & Features

From the latest news to blogs straight from the rehearsal – check back here to see what's happening and keep up to date.

In the News:

CREATIVE PATHWAYS 2020-21 GRADUATION

Emily Bicknell, our 2020-21 Creative Pathways graduate intern, reflects on the past six months of intern life and on a day of celebration in graduating from the programme alongside her fellow cohort.

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UCAN UK MUSIC STREAMING

Tuesday 4 May – Saturday 5 June

We’re pleased to announce the arrival of UCAN UK Streaming 2021 this spring. In partnership with Lancaster Arts, Turner Sims and University of Sheffield Concerts, enjoy browsing innovative music concerts from a growing network that includes over 30 university arts centres and arts programmes from across the UK.

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FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE AND HEALTH AT HOME

Journey to the past and discover how young Nightingale’s charitable visits to working-class cottages inspired her longstanding mission to improve the living conditions of working people in Britain. Dr Jonathan Memel explores how Nightingale made attempts to popularise sanitary discourse and embed health concerns in the home. 

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LAKESIDE AWARDED SECOND ROUND OF GOVERNMENT CULTURE RECOVERY FUNDING

Lakeside Arts has received a grant of £87,727 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.

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DIVERSITY FESTIVAL 2021

Embracing and Celebrating Difference

With more than 20 complementary keynote and local virtual events open to staff, students and alumni at the University of Nottingham, this first online festival celebrates diversity and difference. We're joined in conversation with a series of artists and musicians including Permindar Kaur, Abel Selaocoe and Sura Susso. Enjoy watching here.

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UNIVERSITY CHAMBER CHOIR VIRTUAL CHOIR PROJECT

Thomas Tallis, O nata lux
Recorded in Isolation, March 2021

In their latest 'Virtual Choir' project, discover how the University Chamber Choir have adapted to our unique circumstances to bring rehearsals online and to sing in experimental new ways. Hear from those involved in bringing together this special project and enjoy their final performance of O nata lux.

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MUSEUM OUTING 2021 EXHIBITION

As part of LGBT History Month 2021, we have curated submissions to our #MuseumOuting21 campaign to share the stories behind the artworks that have special meaning for the LGBT+ community.

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IN CONVERSATION WITH PROFESSOR GREGORY WOODS

To celebrate the University of Nottingham's LGBT+ History Month, Emeritus Professor Gregory Woods, Chair of Gay and Lesbian Studies at Nottingham Trent University, joins Head of Visual Arts, Neil Walker, for a live streamed conversation. Catch up on the conversation that was live streamed from Lakeside.

 

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ARTIST COMMISSION OPPORTUNITY

Lakeside Arts invites artists working in any discipline to submit proposals for an outdoor art activity or experience which capitalises on our beautiful parkland environment in Highfields or University Park.

 

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BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: MAT COLLISHAW

Behind the doors of the Djanogly Gallery you will discover the first solo exhibition in Nottingham by the Nottingham-born artist Mat Collishaw. We now take you behind the scenes with the artist himself to introduce you to his ambitious collection of works.

 

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MEET EMILY BICKNELL: LAKESIDE'S CREATIVE PATHWAY INTERN

We are delighted to welcome Emily Bicknell to the Lakeside Arts team as our Creative Pathways Intern for the next six months. As a recent English graduate from the University of Nottingham, Emily joins our Marketing Team. Find out more about Emily, her loves, what she does to stay busy in lockdown and some of the best advice she's received.

 

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UCAN UK Streaming Concert Series

This month, we’re involved in UCAN UK Streaming, in wich together with other university concert programmes across the country, we are bringing our streamed events to a wider audience. Our partner venues are: Lancaster Arts (Lancaster University), Turner Sims (Southampton) and University of Sheffield Concerts.

 

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THE GIFT OF GIVING

Shop the extraordinary, not the ordinary

This festive season is a great opportunity to support artists and makers by buying unique gifts for your loved ones – or pamper yourself with a beautiful object. We've pulled together a list of fantastic makers from the past two years' Lustre so you can browse and shop for everything from artisan jewellery and bags to ceramics, glass and tableware.

 

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NottNOISE NEW MUSIC MARATHON

On Saturday 29 November 2020  Nottingham Forum for Artistic Research (NottFAR) partnered with Lakeside Arts to deliver a one-day epic featureing new works by over 30 composers from the Midlands and beyond, with a hugely varied programme that will journey from works for toy piano to contrabass clarinet, and Celtic carynx to string quartet, accompanied by a series of artist interviews.

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LAKESIDE AWARDED CULTURE RECOVERY FUND SUPPORT

We are delighted and relieved to announce that Lakeside Arts has been awarded £249,714 as part of the Government's £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the many challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Re-framing Dance: Call Out For Producers

Dance4 and Nottingham’s museums and visual arts sector are seeking three independent producers, within the first 10 years of their practice as a producer.

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MAURICE ROËVES (1937-2020)

Maurice Roëves passed away peacefully on Tuesday 14 July in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. A light has gone out, but we will always remember him fondly. Director of Lakeside Arts, Shona Powell OBE reflects on the life, work and talent of Maurice Roëves and the opportunity to work closely with him over the years.

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NOTTINGHAM ARTS MELA FESTIVAL 2020

This year's Nottingham Arts Mela Festival is going digital and its called Climate, Changes... Explore the South Asian journey through online cooking, films featuring South Asian diaspora world wide, music, dance, debates, poetry and spoken word, family art workshops, murals, archives activated, morning raags and yoga... a full flavour of culture responding to these unprecedented times.

 

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BHM LIVE 2020 CALL OUT FOR COMMISSIONS

Our friends at Serendipity, Leicester are rolling out BHM Live, an initiative that supports emerging UK-based artists from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora. This year, Serendipity will commission three artists to create work to feature in Legacy, a new magazine for Black History Month Leicester. The magazine will be available in print and online in October 2020. Have a look at the call out: the deadline for applications is 25 June.

 

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NOTTSTOPPING: A LOOK BACK

In true creativity and flair, Nottingham declared itself #Nottstopping a city-wide two day celebration with its first ever digital festival on Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 May 2020. We are re-living the festival buzz by sharing moments of this wonderfully energetic festival with you – join us for the fun.

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PRIDE MONTH: OUR ARCHIVES

We can't march in this year's Pride parade in person, but we are joining the global #PrideMonthšŸŒˆ and sharing art to showcase LGBTQIA+ stories and objects from our collection and archives! Join us for this read to celebrate Pride – contributed by Neil Walker.

 

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LUCY'S INTERNING EXPERIENCE

For the past seven months, Lucy has been interning at Lakeside Arts as part of the Creative Pathways programme. As we bid her farewell, read about what she's thought about the experience.

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EARTH DAY 2020

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a movement created to celebrate the wonders of the Earth and to remind everybody to treat the planet with kindness and gratitude. 

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#INWITHLAKESIDE

From activities for all the family to videos and blogs celebrating Lakeside’s collections and the fabulous community of which we’re a part, stay #InWithLakeside to discover and explore during strange times.

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MEET THE ARTIST: MAT COLLISHAW

Our newest exhibition in the Djanogly Gallery celebrates the work of Nottingham-born artist, Mat Collishaw. Having gotten his breakthrough exhibiting work in Damien Hirst’s infamous Freeze exhibition, Mat Collishaw is a key member of the Young British Artists.

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THE STORY OF WITHIN THIS DUST

Find out what the critically acclaimed dance-theatre production Within This Dust is all about, including where the idea behind the show came from.  

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NEW SEASON LAUNCH

In case you missed it, our new April – August season launched earlier this week. Bursting with a range of diverse, innovative and exciting events, covering genres including comedy, theatre, music and exhibitions, there really is something for everyone.  

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CELEBRATING BEETHOVEN'S 250TH ANNIVERSARY

To celebrate the 250th anniversay of Beethoven's birth, we are teaming up with the Royal Concert Hall to put on a celebration like no other. Having rewrote the rule book for successive generations of musicians, find out what we're doing to mark this momentous occasion.

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THE NEXT CREATIVE ACADEMY EVENT HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED

Are you a University of Nottingham student interested in kick-starting your career in the creative industries? Come to the Creative Academy on Monday 16 March at Lakeside Arts and hear from, and speak to, professionals working from across the sector.

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Join us and be curious this February Half Term

Lakeside Arts has you covered for February half-term with a jam-packed week full of children’s shows, workshops and activities – many connected to the Nottingham Festival of Science & Curiosity.

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FLIGHT: WHAT TO EXPECT

Innovative theatre company DARKFIELD have an international reputation for creating work at the forefront of technology and theatre. Their immersive shows in shipping containers use 360-degree sound through headphones, complete darkness and a variety of sensory effects to situate each audience member at the centre of intense narratives. So, what should you expect?

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CREATIVE PATHWAYS LAUNCH

In May 2019 a new chapter began as Lakeside Arts and the University of Nottingham secured £293,315 of funding from the Office for Students Challenge Competition fund to expand on previous successes, to deliver a three-year long initiative called Creative Pathways.  

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INTERVIEW WITH CROP UP GALLERY

Crop Up are a student-led curatorial collective based at the University of Nottingham, however they aren't affiliated with the Student's Union, so they are completely self-funded. Crop Up began in 2012 by a group of art history undergraduate students and since then has grown to a group, changing every year, of all kinds of degrees. 

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WELCOME BACK

Reopening from Tuesday 18 May
We've missed you! We're delighted to announce that in line with current government plans, we have started our phased reopening of Lakeside Arts from Tuesday 18 May. See what's on this spring into summer.