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Discovering Classics

Tuesday 22 February

Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Do you have plans for tonight? The Royal Concert Hall have a discovering classics concert tonight and after 12pm today tickets for a seat in the stalls will be reduced from £15 to £9.50.

Discovering classics is a fantastic way to enter the world of classical music and discover classical composers. Tonight's performance is Discovering Elgar, by the BBC Philharmonic who will be performing Symphony No.1.

Find out more about the concert here

ArtSpeak Programme Manager Sharon Scaniglia will be going to the concert and invites you to join her. Sharon will be in the Royal Concert Hall foyer from 19:00 and the concert will commence at 19:30, ending at around 21:35.

Get in touch with us today at to let us know if you'd like to go and Sharon will arrange getting the tickets so you're sat together.



Our gallery walkthroughs are a great introduction to art, they are relaxed, informal and sociable. Our gallery walkthroughs give you the opportunity to meet new people, whilst exploring the latest exhibitions and find out more about the artwork at some fantastic venues in Nottingham.

The Eye as Witness: Recording the Holocaust

Thursday 10 March, 11:00 - 12:30

Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts, University Park, NG7 2RD

Join us to see this thought-provoking exhibition with curator Neil Walker. Neil will introduce the work and the premise of the exhibition leaving us to view it and consider our own interpretation about what is being featured. The VR experience will be facilitated by the front of house team.

After we've spent time in the gallery spaces we'll have a coffee and a chat in the café to discuss what we have seen.

Djanogly gallery explain - ‘The Eye as Witness’ is an immersive multimedia experience examining Holocaust photography. It has been designed to make us question the motives behind the recording of historical events and to encourage critical thinking on racism, hatred and ‘fake news’ today. The exhibition features virtual reality technology that allows visitors to ‘step into’ a picture taken by a Nazi photographer in the Warsaw Ghetto enabling them to observe what was left out of the frame of the image. The exhibition also features photos that are rarely seen today: secret pictures taken by Jewish people and members of the anti-Nazi resistance, who, at great risk to themselves, used the camera to record the story as they saw it.

FREE activity - Book your place here

Trinity by Hetain Patel

Thursday 24 March, 11:00 - 12:30 New Art Exchange, Gregory Boulevard, NG7 6BE In partnership with John Hansard Gallery, New Art Exchange proudly present the largest solo exhibition to date by acclaimed artist Hetain Patel. Join us as we’re welcomed by a member of the New Art Exchange to gain more insight into the exhibition and the work of the Artist. After spending time immersing ourselves in the exhibition and watching the videos, we’ll gather for a social opportunity in the NAE café to reflect on what we have seen and share our thoughts on it.

Patel is a visual artist specializing in performance, sculpture, video and photography. A trilogy of films created between 2015 and 2021 are featured within this exhibition, including Trinity; his most ambitious film to date. Trinity is a coming-of-age story intermingled with supernatural references. The film explores language and physical communication, centering on the discovery of a marital language. This is intercepted with visual references from Patel’s life – both from his artistic practice and his Indian cultural heritage.

The other films that will be shown as part of the exhibition are Don’t Look at the Finger (2017) and The Jump (2015) both films bring together the different facets of the rich filmic world Patel has been creating over the past five years. New sculptural works, which incorporate costumes, and action figures of the films' characters have been specially created for this exhibition and will also be on display.

FREE activity - Book your place here


Thursday 21 April, 14:00 - 16:00 National Justice Museum, High Pavement, NG1 1HN

Young People and Protest is a celebration of the power, passion, and ability that young people have shown to get their voices heard, to fight against continued injustice, and to enact change locally and globally.

It showcases a snapshot of historical and contemporary youth activism from around the world and asks ‘how you will use your voice to fight for social change?'

The gallery will include art led commissions and historic objects. Exploring tools to protest ‘badges and placards’ methods of reporting ‘printed and digital media’.

What does protest mean to you? What cause would you protest about? How do you think protest can create change?

Consider these questions during a thought provoking walk around the exhibition space and view the work that has been produced in response to this theme.

The walkthrough will be followed by an object handling/making session and refreshments.

FREE activity - Book your place here


We're offering a National Artist Prize at the New Art Exchange Open

Established in Nottingham is the annual NAE Open, which is an open platform exhibition for artists to apply to exhibit their work. A key aim of the project is to create a platform which supports the development of artists and raises their profile. Beyond the public exhibition itself which will launch on Friday 10 June, 6pm-9pm, a number of prizes will be awarded over the course of the evening including cash prizes and a range of professional development opportunities.

Given NAE's key mission in supporting artists from the Global Majority and local talent, the project is open to all artists living in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, and also to artists from the Global Majority and those exploring the Global Majority within their practice living anywhere in the UK. Artworks must have been made within the last five years and all fine art mediums, including Live Art are welcomed.

The NAE Open selection panel comprises of respected peer artists, curators and producers. They will view each application, selecting what they feel to be the most accomplished and important artworks for the exhibition. They also select the judge’s prize. There is opportunity for selected artists and the panel to network together through a closed development day, and also through the NAE Open public events.

For the first time, ArtSpeak will be offering an extra prize which will be awarded to an artist entering the NAE platform aged 60 or above. We want to work alongside NAE to specifically raise the profile of our older artists, their work and how life has influenced their work and practice. Alongside a cash prize of £200 the artists will be offered the opportunity to be profiled through our programme, running a master class or series of classes as part of the ArtSpeak visual arts portfolio of opportunities.

As an ArtSpeak member you will be able to read about the Artist and their work on our website and we will run a special gallery walkthrough as part of the Open Exhibition where you'll be able to speak to people involved in setting up and running the Open, and find out some information about the featured work.

To read more about the NAE Open click here

Life Drawing Class

Tuesday 15 March, 15:00 - 17:30

£5 participation fee

Whether life drawing is something you've always wanted to have a go at, or you're a skilled drawer, this new session is open to all levels of ability and will be a welcoming and supportive environment for you to work in.

The session will be led by ArtSpeak member, Theo Stickley who has been life-drawing for about 30 years. Although Theo is not an art teacher he will encourage, support, guide and share tips and methods when required.

The model on this occasion will be male.

Please bring your own sketch pad, pencil and any other materials you require.

Minimum materials required:-

A4 paper, 2B pencil and rubber

(Paper and pencils will be available to use at the Centre if you don't have any)

We anticipate this to be a regular activity but will confirm more dates in due course.

*Watch this space, we are currently recruiting for a painting tutor and will also soon have monthly painting workshops taking place at our Centre, 25 Prospect Street, Radford.


More opportunities with Just Jamming -

We're excited to announce that we're launching another music night, with more opportunity to play with other musicians and a new venue to make some noise in!

This will be a member led session that takes place on the second Tuesday of each month from 7pm at The Robin Hood Community Pub in Sherwood on Mansfield Road.

Due to the nature of the venue drum kits are unfortunately not suitable but any other percussion, string or wind instrument are welcome and there is a piano on site that can be used.

Join us on Tuesday 8th March for the first session. We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about the event please get in touch with us beforehand.

Opportunities through Age Friendly Nottingham -

Age Friendly Nottingham are hosting an online discussion on Wednesday 23 February at 10:00 about how to stay strong and steady as we get older, helping to prevent falls.

This discussion will take place via Microsoft Teams, if you'd like to book on, please contact

Forget Me Notts - Trent Bridge

Forget Me Notts is a project which uses sport as a vehicle for reminiscence and interaction between people with dementia, their carers and those experiencing isolation and loneliness.

Sessions are commonly held at Trent Bridge, with the venue itself providing an ideal catalyst for people to discuss their sporting memories in a supportive and welcoming environment.

Click here for the full timetable and find out how to sign up.

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