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By Anthony Hopwood, Oct 23 2016 07:50PM

New painting, a large mural and an ‘Amazing Human Fruit Machine’ connected to Nottingham history all feature in the new exhibition by the British artist Alistair Frost at Backlit Gallery opening this month.

Alistair Frost runs Saturday October 22 to December 9 at the gallery at Alfred House, Ashley Street, Sneinton NG3 1JG

By Anthony Hopwood, Sep 30 2016 10:57AM

SoundMoves is a collective of dancers and musicians from different backgrounds including rhythm tap dance, khatak, street-fusion-jazz-dance, flamenco and new music. We make performance work that integrates improvisation with choreography and arrangements of new music.

By Anthony Hopwood, Nov 26 2015 05:09PM


BNC 2015, Backlit, One Thoresby Street & Primary

Backlit, One Thoresby Street & Primary

18 September - 31 October 2015

Join us on 17 September'15 for a special private view and opening party for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015.

The exhibition will launch in Nottingham across artist-led spaces Backlit, One Thoresby Street and Primary from 18 September'15, supported by additional activity at Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange and Nottingham Castle. Find out more about the programme of events here. The exhibition will then tour to ICA, London from 25 November'15.

Selected artists for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015 are: Sïan Astley, Kevin Boyd, Lydia Brockless, U. Kanad Chakrabarti, James William Collins, Andrei Costache, Julia Curtin, Abri de Swardt, Melanie Eckersley, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Justin Fitzpatrick, Hannah Ford, Sophie Giller, Richard Hards, Juntae TJ Hwang, Jasmine Johnson, Tomomi Koseki, Hilde Krohn Huse, Pandora Lavender, Jin Han Lee, Hugo López Ayuso, Beatrice-Lily Lorigan, Scott Lyman, Hanqing Ma & Mona Yoo, Scott Mason, Oliver McConnie, Mandy Niewöhner, Hamish Pearch, Neal Rock, Conor Rogers, Katie Schwab, Tim Simmons, David Cyrus Smith, Francisco Sousa Lobo, Aaron Wells, Morgan Wills and Andrea Zucchini.

A fully illustrated catalogue is available here, documenting the selected artists work for the 2015 exhibition, a text by Emma Cocker, Reader in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University and an interview with the selectors and New Contemporaries’ Director Kirsty Ogg.

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By Anthony Hopwood, Aug 4 2015 08:49PM

The Urban Worm – Green HeART City ­

31 July – 2 August

Riverside Festival

This Summer, perceptions of food­waste will transform, landfill will be reduced, and plants will get a taste of the high life. The Urban Worm, a pioneering Nottingham business is to donate 10 of its infamous Wheelie Bin Wormeries to local charities and community groups as part of an Arts Council UK funded project ‘Green HeART City’.

10 artists will each be given a Wheelie Bin Wormery and wooden pallet (turned into a vertical garden) to paint in their own style, to the theme of nature. The twist is these artists will be completing the work in public at the Riverside Festival July­-August 2015. The artists selected include street and graffiti artists Craig ‘Ging’ Humpston, Fatnek, Elroy FTS and Glenk who are used to working in a strict time frame outdoors. Their work is hugely popular amongst Nottingham’s independent creative scene, so this will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase these local treasures to a much wider audience.

Wormologist at The Urban Worm, Anna de la Vega says ‘worms can regenerate the earth so we can have food security, growing our own food across the world’.

Green HeART City aims to be an inclusive, educational, cultural project with on­going positive ramifications when the selected community groups and charities proudly display their Wheelie Bin Wormeries and matching vertical gardens on their premises for all their service users, staff and visitors to engage with.

Charities The Urban Worm have chosen include Primary, Nottingham Women’s Centre, CYF, The Secret Kitchen, Super Kitchen, and Nottingham Royal Society for the Blind ­with a special braille, multi­sensory bin being created for the latter!

By Anthony Hopwood, Jul 14 2015 03:06PM

When the artist Juliana Bellente left Leeds last year she took most of her belongings with her, except her bike. She also left East Street Arts with a challenge, to create a new bike for her. Her name is the inspiration for an eclectic new arts programme in the city, Juliana’s Bike.

In this collabartion between Nottingham and Kid30 we find Juliana's bike back on the streets, this time in Nottingham.

A moving exhibiton for one weekend only. Art Work by and powered by hairy legs from Nottingham BikeWorks.

By Anthony Hopwood, Jul 14 2015 02:27PM

Last April we were lucky enough to travel to Hamburg and document the Aircraft interiors expo for three days. Intersting inovation taking place in the aircraft interiors word.