Lakeside Arts
Part of University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts

Nottingham New Threatre students performing in Lakeside's Djanogly Theatre

Further Opportunities

In addition to casual paid volunteering and traineeship opportunities, each year Lakeside offers students stimulating, nurturing and creative experiences through degree modules or as extra-curricular opportunities. If you or your society would like to arrange a tour of Lakeside’s facilities or to visit an exhibition, please contact Lakeside's Learning Officer Rachel Feneley at: who will put you in contact with the right department and help to arrange your visit.


Musicians visiting the University to perform in Lakeside’s professional concert series regularly offer masterclass or workshop opportunities to students, either as participants or observers. These opportunities are advertised through Mussoc/BlowSoc and on Lakeside’s noticeboard in the Music Department. We are enormously grateful to the private donors whose generous donations make these opportunities possible.


Since 2013, Lakeside has worked in partnership with Nottingham New Theatre (NNT), the only entirely student-run theatre in England to deliver an intensive 4 week long professional development project run through the Easter vacation with performances during the first week of term. Past productions performed to capacity audiences of schools and the general public have included Lysistrata, Dr Faustus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Blue Stockings and Dennis Kelly’s DNA.

We are proud to announce we will be working in collaboration with NNT to produce Dennis Kelly's DNA directed by Nic Harvey Monday 2 – Friday 6 May 2022.

To find out how you can get involved attend the NNT In-House Season Launch on Wednesday 9 February.


Crop Up Gallery is the University of Nottingham’s student run curatorial group. Founded in 2012, Crop Up stems from a desire to create engaging work experience for young creatives – enabling them to discover their direction in the professional art world.

Each year, Lakeside supports Crop Up Gallery to present an exhibition in our Wallner Gallery, providing students with valuable experience in exhibition curation and installation, and arts marketing.


The tried and tested New Theatre professional development model was further explored in early 2019 when Lakeside produced its first opera Losing Her Voice. Composed by Elizabeth Kelly, Assistant Professor of Composition in the University’s Music Department, the production of this new opera required involvement from professional Music and Artistic Directors, Technical Team, academics who devised the interactive digital technology integral to the opera’s design concept, professional opera singers and instrumentalists. Undergraduate and Masters’ students in the Music Department auditioned for the opportunity to perform in the opera and participated in its development through a specially created module ‘From Page to Stage: Bringing Opera to Life’. This gave students an extraordinary insight into the development of a new opera production as well as the unique opportunity to perform in a public premiere and to receive academic credits towards their degree.


Work placement opportunities in Ensemble Administration are available to current University of Nottingham students. Normally, four students are recruited in June for the following year, these provide industry experience in all aspects of concert administration, rehearsal, co-ordination and management linked to the University of Nottingham Philharmonia and Choir. In 2020-21, in order to comply with current restrictions in scale of activity, these will focus around the delivery of chamber ensembles.

Other placements open to students from any discipline can be arranged with the Technical Team, or other aspects of administration of marketing, depending on work programmes.


Lakeside works in partnership with many student societies at the University of Nottingham including Audience Society, Fine Art Society, Classics Society, various film societies, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association and the two music societies, MusSoc and BlowSoc. Details of how to join are available on the Students' Union website

The Djanogly Gallery welcomes requests from student societies for guided tours of its exhibitions. Talks by curators and artists might be integrated into evening reception events. For enquiries please contact Tracey Isgar, Visual Arts Manager at