ArtWrite (formerly Lakeside Literacy) welcomes Key Stage 2 pupils from Nottinghamshire schools to take part in creative writing workshops with a twist. Each workshop takes place in the Djanogly Gallery where we encourage pupils to use the art on display as a source of inspiration for their writing.

Pupils engage in a variety of activities including spoken word, role-play, rapid writing exercises, drawing and making. A typical workshop is two hours long with as much time spent in the gallery as possible. Each workshop includes at least one focussed writing activity resulting in work to complete in school.

University of Nottingham student volunteers, all of whom have a love of creative writing, devise and deliver these workshops with support from experienced staff. Students act as mentors to  help raise aspirations amongst the children as well as providing encouragement and praise.

The aim of ArtWrite is to support schools by helping to nurture a love of writing and children's pride in literacy skills. We ensure all of our workshops are of the highest quality and that pupils leave with a strong sense of achievement.

"The 19 pupils gained a LOT. It is something I can magpie and use with other pupils. We will definitely make time to do some follow up work and share it with you." St. Augustines Primary 2017

"The children learned to look at paintings with an eye for mood, contrasts and themes. They successfully linked these visual experiences to creative writing." Glenbrook Primary 2017

Current Workshops

Our next series of ArtWrite workshops are now available to book. These workshops will take place in the very special Scaling the Sublime: art at the limits of landscape exhibition.

View the Scaling the Sublime primary and secondary school learning menus

To book ArtWrite as a stand-alone wokshop, or as part of A Grand Day Out, or for more information, please contact Jodie Clifford: or call 0115 8467185.

Previous Workshops

Viking: Rediscover the Legend

Winifred Nicholson: Liberation of Colour
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This workshop focussed on sensory language and descriptive writing owing to the Artist's vivid landscape paintings and emotive use of colour.

Victor Pasmore: Towards a New Reality
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The exhibition firstly provided an opportunity to find and develop stories present in artwork with more representational images. As the artist’s style graduated into more abstract art, pupils then had to project their own personal responses to the use of shapes, colours and textures.

Elizabeth Frink: The Presence of Sculpture
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Due to the scale and 3D nature of Frink's work, pupils were encouraged to make the sculptures ‘come alive’ through spoken word and character development activities.