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Celebrating Creative Business

Three years has gone very quickly for the Nottingham Creative Business Awards, and for the first time they have extended the catchment area to encompass greater Nottinghamshire. Great news for suburbanites like me!

In their three years the awards have celebrated creative talent from across Nottingham, with no areas of the creative industries going un-recognised, everything from Music and Film to Product Design, Fine Art and Architecture. Each category receives an individual award, with an overall ‘Business of the Year’ award being the most coveted.

Having chatted recently to Martin Knox (Knox), one of the brains behind the awards, I was left enthused by his sheer passion for creative business and his patriotism for Nottingham, something we all share.  Winner of the Award for Craft in 2007 Debbie Bryan (of Debbie Bryan LTD) has been invited to join the judging panel this year and it would seem she has a hard task ahead of her, each year the competition gets hotter. The awards are being announced on October 7th and I for one am looking forward to it.

Other things that have caught my attention this week –

The Surface Gallery is celebrating its 10th birthday on Oct 7th! There will be a special exhibition to mark the occasion and they are calling for everyone who has ever been a Surface Gallery volunteer to get in touch, either to create work specially for the exhibition, or to get involved with a project they are working on in-house.

The Hand in Heart Gallery is holding a free (yes, FREE) weekly drawing club on a Tuesday night 6:30 til 9:00.  

The Hockley Hustle is back on Oct 25th! For those of you unfamiliar with the Hockley Hustle it’s a festival with a difference with over 18 venues around Nottingham city centre and 200 acts. Instead of paying entry to a venue you buy a wrist band that gives you access to all the venues, you can gig-hop all night between 12pm – 4am. Acts include music (encompassing most genres you could name), comedy, performance and live art and an air guitar competition, to name but a few.  And the best part? It’s all for charity!