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Links Round-Up: Events In and Around Nottingham

golden compass in a flower bed
golden compass in a flower bed

The Golden Compass by George Boyce, www.flickr.com/photos/geebee2007/3516653918/

Our Links Round-up today starts in the centre of Nottingham.  The programme of events at the New Art Exchange includes talks, workshops, tours, and more.  Full details are on their website, but I would just like to point out two:

  • this afternoon, 18 October, 5 – 7 pm, there is a Visual Arts workshop for Young People aged 11 – 25 that uses the speech ‘Aint I a women’ by women rights activist Sojourn Truth as a stimulus to create visual responses. Sojourn Truth was born a slave in New York about 200 years ago, but escaped to freedom.
  • A Pinhole Camera workshop, this Saturday, 22 October, 2 – 4 pm. Described as family friendly, participants will “will turn old drinks cans into working pinhole cameras”, it leaves ambiguous whether the adults bring full drinks cans and make them empty first (but I suspect not). Photos on the day are developed in the darkroom – who needs an Iphone or a Canon to be a photographer?

If you need to get out more, I would recommend a trip or two to Lincoln which is about to enjoy its first ever Digital Culture Festival from 21 to 29 October.  Going under the name of Frequency Festival 2011, there are displays, performances, debates, networking opportunities and more. There nicely laid out website provides a mailing list option and they even have their own ringtone, entitled White Noise in the Key of F, in both MP3 and md4 format.

I f you need to get out more, but want to go north rather than east, our former guest bloggers the Harley Gallery are always worth a visit.  Particularly between 29 October and 24 December, for the exhibition of 20th Century British Art from Welbeck Abbey.  This is the first public exhibition of the collection built up by William Parente who will be giving a talk about it on 3 December (talk tickets £7). Among the artists shown are John Napper, Dame Elizabeth Frink, Paul Nash and LS Lowry.

And if you would rather work on your entry for their Open Exhibition next January, and a possible place in William Parente’s exhibition thirty years hence, you have until the first week in December. The theme is “H is for …..”. Details and the entry form on their website.  I look forward to seeing the results, in 2012 if not 2041.