What’s on at Place
Place is currently working with Jamal Sterrett, a 22-year-old dancer from St Ann’s, who’s gaining national recognition for street, hip hop and contemporary dance. The project involves supporting Jamal’s transition from street to stage and producing his first solo performance for the stage, combining Jamal’s dance and cinematographer skills.
Place has also awarded local photographer Grace Eden her first artistic commission. The project will see Grace working with a group of older people affected by loneliness, to create their portraits in Grace’s trademark painterly style and bring people together through art.
On 16 February, Place played host to Unkindest Cut – a classical Indian dance, performance, text, film and light installation organised by Ignite Futures as part of the Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity. The performance piece was designed to explore how our minds cope (and sometimes don’t) with modern life and featured dancer Subathra Subramaniam and the voices of young people from Nottingham College talking about mental health.
From 5 March – 5 April, Place is playing host to Niyo Enterprise – a multifaceted organisation that empowers women to use creative skills to create sustainable social enterprises. Niyo will be launching an exhibition and workshops celebrating African hair and beauty which sounds amazing…
There are more Place takeovers in the pipeline so watch this space for more very soon!
Place, led by Suzannah Bedford, The Renewal Trust’s Creative Director, often works behind-the-scenes, helping to create opportunities for local people and communities. For example, Place brokered a commission between UKYA (UK Young Artists) and CRS (Community Recording Studio), which saw a group of students aged 14-18 from Nottingham Academy deliver a Hip Hopera performance as part of the UKYA City Takeover festival in February.
Place has also organised a workshop for the Hip Hopera group with London-based hip hop movement and theatre director ‘Rowdy’ Yami Lovtenberg at Nottingham Playhouse.
In the bag
You’ll soon be able to take a piece of original Nottingham artwork with you wherever you go. Place has teamed up with artist Sarah Roach to hand screen-print ‘The Grass is Greener Where You Water It’ artwork by Martin Rayment onto tote bags. If you haven’t seen the original artwork yet, it’s also on display at Place.
Cherry Lodge set to open in the autumn as a brand new community hub for local people
We recently caught up with Holly James to get her insights on the benefits of Future Leaders of Nottingham Programme.