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Links round up: more voting, I’m afraid, plus craft at Malt Cross & NottBallet

Matt from Backlit Gallery

Matt from Backlit GalleryI’m sure you’re all heartily sick of this voting farrago by now but I’d like to open this links round up by asking you for one more ballot.

Nottingham based Gallery BACKLIT, have been selected from arts organisations all over the country, as one of the five to challenge for an event in collaboration with OBE RA conceptual artist Gillian Wearing. One of the YBAs, winner of the annual British fine arts award and The Turner Prize in 1997, Wearing was also elected as lifetime member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London back in 2007.

Museums at Night Connect! competition began in 2012 as Connect10. It is a national competition for cultural venues to win an artist to appear at a meet-the-artist event. If successful, BACKLIT will welcome the Turner Prize winning artist in October of this year.

BACKLIT previously won the competition in 2013, bringing back YBA artist and local Nottingham legend Matt Collishaw. In order to win the competition this year, BACKLIT will need to receive more votes than the four other shortlisted organisations challenging for Gillian Wearing, which include the Turner Contemporary in Margate, Strange Cargo in Folkestone, The Museum of Croydon and The Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea.

Voting opens on 1st May at 11am and ends 16th May 2015.

The winners will be announced at the end of the May and the Connect! events will take place during the autumn Museums at Night festival on October 30th-31st.

You can register your vote for BACKLIT by visiting the Museums at Night website and clicking on Gillian Wearing in the Connect! panel at the top of the page.

Alternatively simply type in in your search bar and register your vote for BACKLIT.

Craft-y readers might like to have a look at the forthcoming events at the Malt Cross, which is having a craftacular series of workshops to celebrate Voluntary Arts Week later this month. Pom-poms, tiaras, bunting and more, plus other art events including a workshop with The Malt Cross artist in residence Oliver Lovley. Check out their website for more details.

Elsewhere, Nottingham charity, The Renewal Trust, is teaming up with STAA, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Dance4, the region’s leading dance organisation, to give young people from Sneinton and St Ann’s the chance to learn dance from one of the world’s best dance companies.

This year will see two special projects run: the first ‘Ballet What’s That?’, running on 21 and 22 May for 8 to 16 year olds, will give pupils from Bluebell Hill Primary School, Edale Rise Primary School and Nottingham  Academy the chance to take part in workshops led by a dancer and musician from Birmingham Royal Ballet.

The second, a special outdoor performance by Nottingham Academy students, of Peter Pan at St Ann’s Allotments Community Orchard on 14 and 15 May from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

The Community Orchard was set up by STAA in 2001 and includes mature fruit trees, a pond and a stream. With the apple and pear trees in full blossom it should make a stunning background to this unusual performance of the much-loved Peter Pan story.

To find out more please call Suzannah Bedford on 0115 911 2011 or email