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

The Renewal Trust’s Creative Programme has found a new home at ‘Place’ at BACKLIT Gallery.

‘Place’ is based in BACKLIT 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 is all about giving local people the chance to get involved and have a say in art and culture where they live. The exciting programme includes a new neon artwork 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 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. These have included The Luminous – beautiful portraits of Sneinton Women by award winning photographer Laura Dicken and Glowing Older, an exhibition of painterly portraits from Grace Eden, a photographer from St Ann’s.

In addition, the programme helps 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 grants from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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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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