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CreativeNottingham links round-up: 21-23 Sept 2009


Surface Gallery: call for submissions – Arts & Crafts Fair 28-29 Nov and film festival
Some interesting things going on in the boho new artspace and studios opposite Sneinton Market – they’re currently seeking exhibitors for a weekend crafts fair, a film festival in November and seeking volunteers to help run the gallery.  Despite the unfriendly ghetto-ness that is Sneinton Market, it’s a great exhibition space and well worth a trip out there when there’s an exhibition space.

Roses Design Awards, October 23rd East Midlands Conference Centre
Nottingham’s been a lucky girl and got that big purple caramel nut: the 2009 Roses Design Awards is coming to Nottingham, with your chance to impress judges like Michael Wolff and Ian Simpson.  Not sure quite what gain there is for local designers but the sponsorship by local funders suggests it may be an opportunity to showcase the city’s design assets in a foil-wrapped package.

Nottingham Flickr Group: Rock Cemetery Visit, Oct 4th

The Flickr group meet-ups are a chance for digital-savvy photographers to meet up, photograph together, and share their photos through the photo-sharing sharing site Flickr.  This cemetary off Forest Road is genuinally spooky and gothic – well worth a visit.

Security for a Digital Britain event, Sept 24th, Albert Hall
A one-day seminar from Connected Nottingham looking at cyber crime, fraud, online scams and spam. Sounds yummy.

Dance Like Your Dad and Pork Knocker Dreams launch, Friday 25th September, New Art Exchange
There will be two exhibition launches on one night, so a good excuse to head-over to Nottingham’s newest gallery for ethnic arts, New Art Exchange in Radford.  None of the private views are listed on their websites but both are 6.30 – 9.30 and are free, no RSVP required.


Call to Nottingham photographers: get your work exhibited alongside Martine Hamilton Knight in China
The Nottingham Evening Post, in partnership with the Nottingham Castle Art Gallery & Museum, is offering local photographers the chance to exhibit their work alongside this prominent architectural photographer in China.  They want your images showing the ‘spirit of the city’ (given this is c/o Nottm City Council, you may want to bear in mind their intepretation of ‘spirit’).  Deadline is Oct 9th.

New Sculpture and 3D art group for the East Midlands

Sculpture Vox is a newly established group seeking contact from prospective members:

“We are setting up a new group in which we will promote ourselves, our work, network, set up a mentor system, provide exhibition opportunities and possibly even bursaries for training, expanding and developing. As a recognised organisation we would certainly have greater impact and prominence.”  They are also on Twitter and Facebook.

Make Hay: five years of green business
This is an interesting Nottingham digital company I hadn’t heard of before: Make Hay specialising in ethical and green web design and web hosting services.  This article discusses the company’s journey of sticking to their ethnical roots when the green economy was less advanced.

Nottingham creatives rock Trafalgar Square plinth
Local blogger guru Troubled Diva rocked out the Trafalgar Square plinth as part of Anthony Gormley’s One and Other project with a silent disco.  Here he blogs some photos and the full tracklisting of the disco you could join in at home.  In a burst of shameless self-publicity (I promise it will not be repeated henceforth) I’m also playing on the Plinth on Fri Oct 2nd, 8pm, in a show that hopes to combine the elements of theremin-playing with tea and cake (I’m looking for a quiet portable generator if anyone can lend me one as the plinth isn’t electrified).  I have, however, been pipped to the plinth by my lodger who did a piece on digital communication privacy rights. Anyone else know of any Notts creatives who’ve been plinthers?