Our creative projects are big, bold and unusual, giving local people the opportunity to work with the very best artists and creative organisations in diverse and unexpected ways.

The Caravan Gallery Sneinton Pride of Place Project, 2017

We brought the internationally-renowned Caravan Gallery to Sneinton, to create a Pride of Place exhibition by and for local people, including stories, photos and memorabilia reflecting and celebrating the neighbourhood, plus a map created by local people. The Caravan Gallery has graced the likes of the Tate Modern, so this was a big deal for Sneinton.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed, 2016

We partnered with Nottingham’s Muslim Community Organisation to hold a community screening of the oldest surviving animated feature film, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, in Sneinton. The evening brought communities together with food by Growin’ Spaces and shadow puppets by local people and artist Sarah Manton from Curious?

Peter Pan 2015

Working with students from Nottingham Academy, the Community Orchard at St Ann’s Allotments was transformed into a living stage – for a unique outdoor performance of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. The audience was guided from scene-to-scene around the orchard by none other than Tinkerbell herself.

Nott Ballet, 2013-2016

We’ve worked with Birmingham Royal Ballet and Dance4 for several years, giving lots of young people in the area the chance to learn ballet and work with world-renowned dancers. Starting in 2013 with Nott Ballet, right through to Nott Romeo and Juliet in 2016, these projects have given young people the chance to create and perform their own original dance pieces, at leading venues including Theatre Royal Nottingham. Our latest project, Nott Romeo and Juliet, also saw young musicians from the Community Recording Studio in St Ann’s compose original music to accompany the dance piece. The projects have been documented by local artists, including the photographer David Severn and filmmakers We Are Caravan. As a result of taking part, several young dancers have gone on to train professionally.

Read the Arts Council England case study of Nott Romeo and Juliet.

Rankin4Notts, 2014

The world-famous photographer, Rankin, came to St Ann’s Allotments to photograph allotment-holders as part of the national Museums at Night event. We wanted to show off St Ann’s Allotments as a living museum, encompassing over 600 years of Nottingham history, as well as 670 individual allotment gardens enjoyed by local people. Rankin’s visit was an amazing opportunity to share this hidden gem locally and nationally, through the lens of one of the most influential photographers of the 21st century and a BBC Museums at Night documentary.