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Links Round-Up: Lights, Cameras, Action (and Poetry)

Light Night Robin Hood statute
Light Night Robin Hood statute

Blue and purple Robin by local Lee J Haywood, www.flickr.com/photos/leehaywood/4363956098

“There’s light enough for what I’ve got to do.”
Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

Unless you have been stuck in the Dark Ages, you probably know that tonight, Friday, 10 February, is Light Night in Nottingham.  There are events, sights, and activities, indoors and out, all across Nottingham from early evening onward.   To whet your appetite, you can re-read our posts from 2010 and 2011.  If you want to plan your path to the light, there is a PDF brochure and website information.  Many artistic efforts will be on display, here are three that caught my eye:

  • Tim Haynesblack_ships is “a dynamic video, light and sound installation exploring how old industries are merging with new technology to influence the way we live and work”. It is in the foyer of Antenna (and will remain there until 26 February if you miss it tonight).
  • Tracey Kershaw is also at Antenna, with six screens in the Antenna restaurant showing a will be video work  exploring the mother/child relationship through everyday events. This is only showing tonight.
  • Sarah Turner has been making a life size family, including the dog, from plastic waste bottles.  They will all be on display at the corner of Friar Lane and Maid Marian Way this evening. You can see the progress of her construction on her Facebook.

Now for the Cameras: the My World exhibition has just opened at Rufford Gallery – groups of young people used digital technology to create photos and videos about life in Notts, facilitated by the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies.   And just as you could join in the Postcard Exhibition by making a postcard on the day, you can add your digital photo to a special map at Rufford when you visit.   Opening Hours and a PDF with a few more details are is on the Rufford website.

I hope that some of those involved in My World are also considering the theme Nottingham Welcomes the World, the theme of the Young Creative Awards for 2012.  This is the fourth year of these awards.

The categories are: Architecture, Urban Design, Interior Design & 3D Design; Fashion; Music and Performance; Visual Arts; Photography; Film; Graphic Design; Animation & Digital Media and Creative Writing.

Prizes will be awarded in three age groups, 13-15, 16-19 and 19-24.

The closing date for entries is 12.00pm Monday 26 March 2012.   More details and the are on the website.

Writing, of a thoughtful and helpful form, is an action if you review the draft Nottingham Economic Growth Plan.  While it is a daunting 40 pages of facts, reasons and proposals, it does recognise the contribution the creative, digital, and cultural sectors make to Nottingham’s prosperity.  Does it go far enough?  Is it too specific? or not specific enough?  The City Council welcome comments, by 16 March, with more details on their website.

Your comments are probably not going to be as dogmatic as Tony Weller’s (in the Pickwick Papers, our last Dicken’s quotation this week):

Poetry’s unnat’ral; no man ever talked poetry ‘cept a beadle on boxin’ day, … never you let yourself down to talk poetry.

Fortunately for us, Dave Woods didn’t take this instruction to heart.  His Perambulatory Poems in Action are wandering up to Edwinstowe Library on 13 February and wandering back to Nottingham, the Friends Meeting House, on 25 February.


John is one of our team of bloggers. He can be reached on john AT creativenottingham.com and followed on Twitter @johnwithbeard