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Links Round-Up: Don't Need No Dragon's Den

Image Credit Donna Bramhall, Spinster's Emporium

First off, I’d just like to say thanks to all the prospective new team members who came down to our team meeting last night in Antenna. It was genuinely exciting to see the breadth of talent on show, and though I can’t spill any details of exactly what’s going to happen here on Creative Nottingham, I can say it’s all shaping up nicely! Cheers guys šŸ™‚

Now, down to business – in other words, what morsels of excellence can I spoon into the gaping maw of the internet?


CongratsĀ go to Donna Bramhall, who with her Spinster Emporium range has managed to secure a partnership with swanky London toff-shop Liberty. Donna, an NTU alumna, approached Liberty buyers directly and proved that she don’t need no Dragon’s Den:

Liberty is a one of the most prestigious department stores in the world, and they are my first stockist! They told me that the Spinsterā€™s Emporium brand was really something they could believe in and customers would feel inspired and want to be part of it. They also said that I was filling a much needed gap in the craft market for the more trend focused crafter, so Iā€™d now like to work with the buyers there to understand how my products can work even better for their customers.

Congrats also go to Shop, the artistic collective/retailer/hangout, who have proved once again that Nottingham’s creatives are firmly implanted on the pulse of the UK’s creativity scene. Earlier this week Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced plans to scrap the UK Film Council. Fast forward a couple of days and we find the official campaign website to oppose those plans has sprung up, curated by none other than Canning Circus’ premier boutique, Shop. Well done guys, it’s absolutely a corner worth fighting for. At time of writing, there have already been 16,372 signatories on the petition, so get on board!


Business Link, the governmental advisory service, are advertising free consultation sessions with a business advisor. TheĀ Health Check for Growth provides a business performance review in order to assess your company’s potential for growth. To book in, call Business Link on 0845 6009006, or check out their free resources:Ā the challenges of growing a business – and how to meet them,Ā assess your options for growth, and theĀ interactive assessment tool.

Creative CIN have details of a commission, entitled the ‘You Call the Shots Alcohol Project’. Rushcliffe Borough Council are after an artist to work with pupils in year 10 to create work featuring themes of alcohol abuse, including domestic violence, pregnancy, and personal safety. What fun! To apply, send your expression of interest and CV to before the closing deadline next Friday, 6th August.

Don’t forget that you have just one more week to submit applications for our Creative Nottingham Art & Design image competition. Each winning image will feature on up to 1000 postcards to be distributed by us around Nottingham and the East Midlands area. We’ve had some great entries so far, so it’s going to be another really interesting process choosing the shortlist, after which the eventual winners will be picked out by you.


NTU are running a photography masterclass this September. The week long course, which starts Monday 6th September, will emphasise black and white landscape photography and fine darkroom printing techniques. Guest lecturers include John Davies and Simon Roberts, and the schedule includes:

  • portfolio advice
  • seminar presentations
  • large format location work
  • darkroom black and white process and printing
  • one-to-one and group tutorials presented by internationally renowned landscape photographers
  • other guest lecturers including figures from landscape and documentary photography.

For more information, or to apply, contact Linsey Richards or telephone 0115 8482813

Following on from the NTU degree shows, Falphabet is an exhibition in the Malt Cross Gallery which showcases the work of illustration graduates from University College Falmouth. Now, I was under the impression that Falmouth was about as far away from Nottingham as it was possible to get on mainland Britain, but I’m sure there’s a logical connection there somewhere. The show is running at the moment, until next Friday 6th August. Ā At the very least it should provide an interesting counterpoint to NTU’s degree shows.

Finally, if you were to look at our Creative Nottingham Community site, in addition to all the excellent entries to our Art & Design image competition, you would see the Autumnal programme of the Nottingham Playhouse. There is a thread running through these works – three female directors are each presenting a drama centring on a woman passing herself off as someone else. It looks to be another very rich and varied season, and therefore an excellent excuse to spend more time hanging around at the fabu-licious Cast bar and restaurant