Making Place is a long-term programme focusing on learning from the city and use of public space. The project aims to explore the issues that shape the neighbourhood – working with artists, designers and local communities to map, re-imagine and influence the places where we live and work. The process will be fluid and responsive – with the direction of the project being led by collaborating partners and participants.

This programme will critically play with ideas and practices of city planning, regeneration, gentrification and ‘place-making’ and will investigate three central themes, based on our work within the local area to date: Inheritance – asking what do places inherit, and which histories are preserved; Imaginationwho imagines the city? and Intervention generating projects that interrupt, activate and re-imagine the neighbourhood, using play, art and design processes in public space.

During this first year of the programme have been working with designer Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad and local residents in Lenton, exploring recent changes in the neighbourhood; developing projects with local youth groups; and running a programme of walks, talks and workshops.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 2 October | Social Practice Social: Voice
Wednesday 17 October | Skillshare: Print-making
Wednesday 24 October | Tell Me Something I Don’t Know

Past Events

Wednesday 8 March | Skillshare: Seeds and Words
Wednesday 12 April  | Skillshare: Natural dyes and foraged food
Wednesday 10 May | Skillshare: Pasta and Knots
Wednesday 24 May | Environmental Improvisation: A Sonic Walkabout
Wednesday 14 June | Skillshare: Music making and bike maintenance
Wednesday 28 June | Tell Me Something I Don’t Know
Wednesday 23 August | Tell Me Something I Don’t Know
Wednesday 13 September | Monthly Skillshare
Thursday 14 September | Social Practice Social
Friday 22 September | Art, Public & The Commons symposium
Friday 22 September | Figure Ground – book launch
Saturday 23 September | Asian Activism in Nottingham – walk and exhibition
Wednesday 25 October | Tell Me Something I Don’t Know
Saturday 28 October | Skillshare: Pumpkin carving and make-up skills
Wednesday 15 November | Skillshare special: a library of skills + nottingham fixers

Saturdays: 27 January, 3, 10 & 17 February | Public Art Workshops in Lenton
Wednesday 21 February | Skillshare: Infusions and Invisible Inks
Wednesday 28 February| Tell Me Something I Don’t Know
Tuesday 6 March | Arts & Place Regional Conversation
Wednesday 14 March | Skillshare: Balms and Bees
Saturday 17 March | Public Art Workshops in Lenton
Tuesday 3 April | Social Practice Social
Wednesday 18 April | Skillshare: Salad Days
Tuesday 8 May | Social Practice Social
Friday 11 May | Making Place Meal
Wednesday 23 May | Skillshare: Looping & Lip Reading
Tuesday 5 June | Social Practice Social
Wednesday 20 June | Skillshare: Naan breads & threads
22–30 June | Jagdish Patel, Asian Activism in Nottingham exhibition
Tuesday 3 July | Social Practice Social
Wednesday 18 July | Skillshare: Poetry & Probiotics Drinks
Saturday 11 August | Summer Activity Day
Wednesday 15 August | Skillshare: Woodwork
Tuesday 4 September | Social Practice Social: Maintenance

Blog: Art in Public Space, Lab 1: Reflections by Sumona Chakravarty
Blog: ART as/ is SOCIAL: The Commons by Lianne Mol
Blog: In conversation with Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad
May – September 2017 | Art in Public Space Labs (Bangalore / Nottingham)
Blog: Arts and Place Regional Conversation: Write up

The Making Place programme is kindly supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

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