The Green Light project is developing pop-up spaces in the city centre to encourage creativity, curiosity and community engagement over the coming years. Our first collaborative space (the old Tokenhouse shop on Bridlesmith Gate) opened in mid-November 2021 and has a focus on Climate Change to tie in with the COP 26. Our core opening hours are Thursday to Sunday from 1-4pm with free creative workshops for families on Saturdays and Sundays. We'd like to encourage people to get involved by coming along by providing creative sessions, talks and workshops, as well as coming along and joining the activities.
We invite you to complete this short expression of interest form, to help us programme a range of activities to engage families, young people and the wider public with activities that can help us all reflect on Climate Change, our hopes for the future and positive individual and collective actions.
Green Light in the City has been made possible by working in partnership with both Universities, Ignite!, Green Hustle, City Arts, Carbon Neutral Nottingham 2028 and ChalleNGe!
The Green Light Space on Bridlesmith Gate
If you’re on our mailing list you should have received on of our academic year wall planners, specially created for Nottingham city school teachers. If you’d like one, please add yourself to the mailing list and we’ll post one to you.
The Nottingham themed wall planner was designed by Ariana Marrin-Cleal, a Level 3 Graphic Design student from Confetti. We chose her design from a great selection created by students working to a live brief set by ChalleNGe to produce a wall planner depicting some of the cultural activities and hot spots on offer in Nottingham. We’ve also added information about important dates, both locally and nationally to the planner. In addition, Ariana secured a summer work placement with us and designed an illustrative map which will feature on the ChalleNGe website to help teachers plan activities and trips for their pupils. Read more on the Confetti website.
ChalleNGe is pleased to be working with The Mighty Creatives (supported by The Crafts Council and Arts Council England) to establish ‘Craft Cupboards’ in foodbanks and community organisations across Nottingham. During the Spring 2020 national lockdown, we provided 550 art boxes to foodbanks. We are now working towards long-term provision of art materials to families and children in need by working with Himmah in Hyson Green, Evolve in Aspley, Mesopotamia in Basford, Hope Foodbank in Clifton and St Anns Advice Centre. We will be accepting donations for the Craft Cupboards to keep them topped up throughout the year, and to enable us to create bespoke packs based on the ages of the children and size of each family. Since Nov 2020, over 1260 art packs have been distributed through the Craft Cupboards project.
Letters of Solidarity (LoS) showcases young people’s voices and creativity, exercised their literacy skills and captured the moment during COVID-19. NUCoL created an activity pack and online writing workshops helping young people make sense of and process the period we are living through. The young people’s letters were presented through social videos and an immersive listening experience. Selected letters now feature in a new anthology “To a New Dawn: Letters of Solidarity”, edited by Eve Makis, with support from a group of ten young volunteer editors (from NTU and UoN) who helped edit individual letters, gave commentary on their favourites, and helped to write the introduction for the anthology.
In 2020, musician Jaya Gordon-Moore and creative practitioner Parmjit Sagoo worked with three young musicians – Craig, Daud and Dom – to create a podcast that reflects on their experiences of the past year. They used creative activities, writing, spoken word, music, rap and sampling to create individual and collective audio pieces. Sounds of Lockdown opened up a space to talk about the challenges of life during the Covid-19 pandemic, including mental health impacts, and share personal stories and reflections. The project also provided a creative outlet and led to new collaborations and the podcast amplifies young talent. You can listen to the podcast on Spotify or Soundcloud.
Sign Posts to the New Normal is a public art project led by the young people of Nottingham.
Nonsuch worked with community groups and schools to encourage children and young people under 25 to create and submit their ideas for public messages to raise hope, togetherness and positivity during the COVID-19. Nonsuch then scaled up and printed the ideas into street posters and placed them in windows and on lampposts in neighbourhoods across the city.
Throughout May and June 2021, the children's artwork was displayed in a pop-up exhibition space in Victoria Centre Shopping centre in the centre of Nottingham.
A small army of volunteers and artists delivered specially created packs of activities and treats to the houses of children and young people in the most deprived areas of Nottingham for 3 months, in July, August and September 2020. Working with the City Council, Care Services and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and other local children’s services, Nottingham Playhouse delivered the PlayPacks to children aged 4 and 6 – picking up where the Dolly Parton books stop, aged 3. See the digital versions here.
Shine Online will be a constantly evolving resource of accessible online content for young people and their carers. It has 3 elements: live online sessions, downloads and non-digital. Shine Online uses the internet, post and radio to build on the impressive legacy of Nottingham Playhouse Shine – which currently has over 4000 engagements with young people annually in disadvantaged areas through weekly workshops, visits to shows and opportunities to perform.
Participation Lead: Martin Berry, Head of Participation www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk