Discover community-led art and culture – from events and exhibitions, to activities and opportunities for all

Now in its fourth year, The Renewal Trust’s Creative Programme has found a new home at ‘Place’ in Sneinton Market.

‘Place’ is based at 25 Avenue C in Sneinton Market and as well as being a hub for our Creative Programme, it’s also a one-stop shop for local people to find out more about art and culture activities across the city. Bridging the gap between communities and traditional cultural venues like galleries and museums.

Through Place, our Creative Programme for the next two years is all about giving local people the chance to get involved and have a say in art and culture where they live. We’ve also got an exciting programme lined up, including a new neon artwork for Sneinton Market shaped by local people and events and activities for Nottingham’s first Puppet Festival.

Local communities will be the driving force behind Place projects, with a community steering group developing briefs to commission artists, and getting involved in the organising of events and activities. There will also be opportunities to participate in projects through volunteering for example.

Local people will shape up to three artist commissions, making sure that projects are bespoke and relevant to the neighbourhoods and communities we work with in St Ann’s, Mapperley North, Bakersfield and Sneinton.

In addition, the programme will help to support local artists and up-and-coming talent, together with students and volunteers keen to gain experience of managing and producing arts projects and events.

To make sure the programme is of the very highest quality, an advisory panel made up of leading arts organisations, including Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange, City Arts, Dance4, Surface Gallery and Backlit Gallery will work alongside us and the community steering group.

Place is being funded through an £80,000 grant from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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Get in touch

Message us if you’d like to volunteer at Place and be a part of the many exciting things happening in your neighbourhood. You can also join our Community Panel and have a say in shaping our next big projects.

You can also follow Place on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with all our latest news, events and opportunities.

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“Thank you for giving the community visibility, and a genuine feeling of pride”

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A flavour of Place projects

Sneinton Pride of Place Project book

Place launched on 25 January with local people, artists and Nottingham organisations coming together to find out more. The event also included the launch of a book celebrating our recent Sneinton Pride of Place exhibition held in Sneinton with the internationally-renowned Caravan Gallery. The Sneinton Pride of Place Project book features stories, photos and memorabilia donated by local people and everyone who contributed to the project was invited to take home a free copy of the book. There are also limited copies available to buy for £7.50

Be Remarkable

One of the first Place projects is a new neon artwork for Sneinton, immortalising the public’s favourite response to the question “Before I die I want to…” The artwork is the result of a project we ran last year, inspired by a global public art project launched by artist Candy Chang, that’s featured in over 70 countries. The project gave local people the chance to share their aspirations as they responded to the question – with people writing their answers on a chalkboard wall at Sneinton Market during the Nottingham Street Art Festival. The winning response was Be remarkable and you can see it celebrated in neon at Place, 25 Avenue C, Sneinton Market from 23 February 2018.