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Chris Packham opening the Dinosaurs of China exhibition

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:

Director Nic Harvey in rehearsals with the cast of DNA

DNA: DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS

We asked co-production DNA director Nic Harvey about his time working on DNA and his career in theatre.

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An elderly man being helped by a carer

TAKE CARE

Take Care is based on Professor Justine Schneider’s research into dementia home care and follows the working life of Katie, a young carer for older people living with dementia.

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An image of Maiken Umbach in the Lakeside auditorium with Anna Hájková on a screen

HOLOCAUST: UNTOLD HISTORIES 

Join Professor Maiken Umbach in discussion with Dr Anna Hájková about the experiences of those engaged in same sex relationships under the Nazi regime.

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A black line image inside a golden photo frame

HOME: ZERO

We invite families with children to take centre stage in re-imagining a climate-safe future.

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Lauren Bell Brown designer earrings

LUSTRE 2022 APPLICATIONS OPEN

Apply now for this premier annual selling opportunity for contemporary, innovative craft in the midlands.

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An image of the CNY projections on the Trent Building

CHINESE NEW YEAR 2022

Find out about how we are welcoming you to celebrate Chinese New Year at Lakeside Arts.

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A wide shot of the Breaking the Mould exhibition

BREAKING THE MOULD - REFLECTIONS

We invited four University of Nottingham students to talk with us about their experience of the exhibition.

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An image of sculptures from our Breaking the Mould exhibition

BREAKING THE MOULD - WOMEN IN FOCUS

Following the opening of our Breaking the Mould exhibition, we are delighted to focus on some of the phenomenal women sculptors who’s work feature in the exhibition.

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Glasswork by Georgina White

MEET THE MAKERS OF A LITTLE LUSTRE

We are so excited to welcome you back to Lustre this year, in a smaller and safe setting. Meet our makers we have coming to Lakeside Arts this year.

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The 2021/22 Creative Pathways Interns

MEET ALICE

We are delighted to welcome Alice Walker to the Lakeside Arts team as our Creative Pathways Intern for the next six months. Find out about her job, her interests, and what she gets up to in her free time.

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A yellow background and a child with glasses with a robot

ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT – THINGAMABOBAS

This September, Lakeside Arts, the University of Nottingham’s public art programme, began an exciting new partnership with Djanogly Strelley Academy. 

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The Eulogy hotel corridor

EULOGY PRE CHECK-IN

If your idea of visiting the theatre involves sitting in a large auditorium and watching a performance on stage, prepare to have your expectations blown away as Darkfield's EULOGY places you at the centre of the intense narrative.

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The 2020-21 CP interns graduation

CREATIVE PATHWAYS GRADUATION

The Creative Pathways Graduate Internship programme is designed to connect promising University of Nottingham graduates, driven to pursue careers in the Arts, with one of seven Nottingham organisations. Here Emily Bicknell talks about her experience as an intern.

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Florence Nightingale working in a ward.

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE AND HEALTH AT HOME

Dr Jonathan Memel explores how young Nightingale’s charitable visits to working-class cottages inspired her longstanding mission to improve the living conditions of working people in Britain. 

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The dudok quartet

UCAN UK MUSIC

Enjoy music from a dynamic and growing network that includes over 30 university arts centres and arts programmes from across the UK

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An image of Lakeside Arts roof

CULTURE RECOVERY FUND SUPPORT

Lakeside Arts is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. 

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Highfields Park waterfall

SIT WITH US FOR A MOMENT AND REMEMBER

Inspired by our beautiful parkland environment and images held in the University's archives, Sit with us for a Moment and Remember is an immersive narrative, reflecting on different views and how landscape changes over time and through the seasons.

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Abel Solacoe

DIVERSITY FESTIVAL 2021

The festival's focus was on  ‘embracing and celebrating difference’  with more than 20 complementary keynote and local virtual events open to staff, students and alumni.

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Highfields Park waterfall

IN CONVERSATION WITH PROFESSOR GREGORY WOODS

To celebrate the University of Nottingham's LGBT+ History Month, Emeritus Professor Gregory Woods joins Head of Visual Arts at Lakeside for a live streamed conversation.

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A golden bull from the zodiac

CHINESE ZODIAC STORIES

There are several legends about how the animals were chosen for the Chinese zodiac. This is one of them.

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Mat Colishaw exhibition tree

MAT COLLISHAW: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

We go behind closed doors with Nottingham-born artist Mat Collishaw to introduce you to his ambitious collection of works.

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Pottery created by Katherine Lees over the top of a tangerine Lakeside ripple

MEET EMILY

Meet Emily Bicknell, our 2020/21 Creative Pathways Intern. Find out about her, her hobbies, and what she's been up to.

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A large rainbow coloured wooden crate with the words #MuseumOuting21 written on it

MUSEUM OUTING EXHIBITION

While the doors to galleries and museums are closed, we wanted to bring an exhibition to you to celebrate LGBT+ History during the month of February. 

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The words reading MUSEUM OUTING PART OF LGBT+ HISTORY MONTH

MUSEUM OUTING 

To mark LGBT+ History Month at the University we want to hear your stories about museum exhibits, photographs or artworks related to an LGBT+ story or issues that have a special meaning for you. These will be selected to curate a virtual exhibition on our website.

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An aqua background with a white christmas tree and snowflakes

THE GIFT OF GIVING

This season, shop the extraordinary, not the ordinary.

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An image of Maurice Roeves acting

MAURICE ROËVES

Maurice Roëves sadly passed away Tuesday 14 July 2020. He had been performing at Lakeside Arts since 2006. Let's recall his time together.

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A dancer dancing at the Mela Festival

MELA FESTIVAL 2020

This year's Nottingham Arts Mela Festival, the UK's oldest Mela festival, is going digital and its called Climate, Changes... where Mela seeks a new braver truth to save our planet, its life and nature. 

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The white outline of a girl being filmed by a cameraman and a man with a boom mic

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2020 CALL OUT

Our colleagues at Serendipity, Leicester, were unfortunately unable to deliver their 2020 Let's Dance International Frontiers live this year, but  they created an alternative online version of the event instead.

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The LGBTQ+ pride flag

PRIDE MONTH 2020

Here we 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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Light Hustle Presents NOTTSTOPPING FESTIVAL FOR NOTTS. FROM NOTTS.

NOTTSTOPPING: A LOOK BACK

With over 220 events and 300+ hours of entertainment, there was something for everyone to enjoy. We are re-living the festival buzz by sharing moments of this wonderfully energetic and spirited festival with you – join us for the fun.

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Lucy Robinson, the 2019-20 CP Lakeside Intern

LUCY'S INTERNING EXPERIENCE

Meet Lucy, the Creative Pathways Intern for Lakeside Arts 2019-20, and find out what she's been up to at Lakeside.

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The Earth Day 2020 logo

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. Here, we look at productions, concerts and exhibitions related to Lakeside’s past and future programme that demonstrate how art and the natural environment are closely intertwined.

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Laura Knight painting

OUT OF STORE: LAURA KNIGHT

Whilst working from my kitchen table, with the Djanogly Gallery closed for the foreseeable future, I thought what better time to bring to light some of the art works in the University’s collection. The most celebrated of the women artists in the university’s collection has to be Nottingham’s own Laura Knight.

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An image of a woman dancing in the show Within the Dust

WITHIN THE DUST

The infamous images captured by Richard Drew showing a man falling from the World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001 persist to be poignant and provocative symbols of what happened that day. 

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A Creative Pathways event

CREATIVE PATHWAYS INTERNSHIPS

As part of our commitment to increase student engagement, Lakeside Arts is leading the UK’s only city-wide cultural internships programme. With support from the University of Nottingham and the Office for Students, we’re offering seven graduates the chance to gain paid training in the following organisations: Lakeside Arts, City Arts, Dance4, Nottingham Contemporary, Nonsuch, Nottingham Playhouse and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature.

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A woman with her hand over her face

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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Beethoven head in blue with coloured pattern behind

BEETHOVEN 250

You’ve heard Beethoven’s name and music, but uncover the secrets behind the composer and listen to some of his compositions in ways you’ve never done so before.

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The Homage the Bauhaus exhibition

VOICE NOTES FROM THE GALLERY

University of Nottingham students Kate Foulds and Chloe Austin let us listen in to their discussions about the Homage the Bauhaus exhibition

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The Homage the Bauhaus exhibition

HOMAGE TO THE BAUHAUS: THE NEXT 100 YEARS 

Find out more about the Homage to the Bauhaus exhibition with Manisha Bhogal.

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Colourful cartoons of different pieces to feature in the Ancient Iraq exhibition

ANCIENT IRAQ: NEW DISCOVERIES

Saturday 26 March – Sunday 19 June
Celebrate the rich cultural legacy of Iraq, with this British Museum touring exhibition marking the first time that new Iraq field research will go on tour.