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ArtSpeak Meets is the strand of the project where we explore Gallery spaces, arts venues, events, and other cultural activities together. 


Our gallery walkthroughs are a great introduction to the arts. They're relaxed, informal and sociable; giving you the opportunity to meet new people and find out more about the work whilst exploring the latest exhibitions. 

We're also introducing trips to venues further afield and are running these in seasons whereby there is a different arts focus in each season. 

2020 Literary Season

To begin 2020 we're focusing on literature and will be visiting venues that have become renowned due to their links with some of the most prominent writers and poets of the nineteenth century. 

We'll be delving into the history and the works of John Clare, DH Lawrence, Lord Byron and more, through visits and tours of John Clare Cottage, DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum and a Literary Lions walking tour around Nottingham City Centre.  

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John Clare Cottage

John Clare was considered one of the greatest English Poets in the early 19th Century. Tucked away in the village of Helpston is a beautiful cottage that was once his home.


Join us for a special trip out to this fantastic venue that not only provides the perfect opportunity to discover more about Clare’s work but also enables you to step back in time to the early 19th Century and find out what it would have been like to live in Rural England during this period. 

There'll be the opportunity to extend the discussion and learn more about Claire's work with tutor, Michael Wilson who will be joining us on the tour. For more information about Mike and this aspect of the visit, head to our Artists and Tutors page. 


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DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum 

In the ex-mining town of Eastwood, Derbyshire is the childhood home of one of Nottingham’s literary greats, D.H Lawrence.


Now a hidden gem filled with history and stories, join us for a relaxed and personal guided tour of the D.H Lawrence Birthplace museum as we find out more about the remarkable contribution this local writer made to the literary world and what made him one of the rebel writers. 


The visit will include an additional workshop activity and lunch.

10:30 collection for 11:00 tour, returning to Nottingham by 16:00 

£25 ArtSpeak Members Rate The ticket price includes: return transport from Nottingham City Centre (Outside the Royal Concert Hall), guided tour of the museum, workshop and lunch. 

£30 for non members (Please note you are still required to be aged 60+ to attend this activity. 

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Literary Lions Walking Tour

As part of our literary season we’re taking a closer look into the history of some of our renowned writers and finding out what gave us our title as a Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. 

Join award winning tour guide, Felicity Whittle for an insightful introduction to Nottingham’s literary heritage. She’ll cover the essential components including the novels, poetry and scandalous private lives of legendary local writers such as DH Lawrence and Lord Bryon. 

The tour will commence from Nottingham Tourism Centre, Smithy Row and finish at the top of St James Street.


Continue the experience and join us after for a drink at the Malt Cross, one of the last remaining Victorian music halls, where you'll have the chance to reflect on the walk and ask any questions you have. 


10:30 - 11:30 


£5 ArtSpeak Members Rate 


£8 for non members (Please note you are still required to be aged 60+ to attend this activity.

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Mat Collishaw Exhibition

Djanogly Art Gallery are hosting Mat Collishaw’s first solo exhibition in Nottingham and Head of Visual Arts Programming, Neil Walker is leading a walkthrough specially for ArtSpeak members. 

Mat Collishaw rose to prominence in the 1990s as part of the defining generation of Young British Artists alongside his contemporaries Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas.


Throughout his work, Collishaw draws on contemporary culture, art history, the scientific and natural worlds. An exploration of photographic or lens-based media often lies at the heart of his works and through a combination of recent technology such as virtual reality and animatronics, he creates works that address the moral dilemmas of the present day.

Join us as we explore the works of this leading contemporary Artist, during an insightful walkthrough, giving you the opportunity to learn more about Collishaw’s influences and share your thoughts about the work. 

Featured installations include Albion (2017), a Haunting projected image of Nottingham’s most famous landmark: The Major Oak. In Camera (2015), created around a series of crime scene negatives from the 30’s and 40’s. The Centrifugal Soul (2016), a modern version of a Victorian Zoetrope and, The Machine Zone (2019), animatronic bird skeletons incase in glass chambers. 

More information about the exhibition can be found here 

10:00 - 11:00 


Djanogly Gallery, 

Lakeside Arts, 

University Park, 
NG7 2RD 

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