Things To Do This Weekend 30th March – 2nd April
This weekend is set to be a grand old time in Nottingham – there is so much going on we found it rather hard to choose a mere five events! We’ve got theatre, art, music and photography and all sorts of other fabulous things to do – take a glance at our picks of the week below, or browse our What’s On section for a whole lot more!
Once the privilege of wealthy and grand, the formal portrait is a tradition that has endured from painting to film. Now in the digital age, with phones at easy reach, we can all happily snap away capturing our special moments, but rarely do we actually curate a photograph which tells a story about our family. Beginning this Saturday, Nottingham Contemporary is offering a drop in workshop of free family portraits, letting you explore the things which bond your nearest and dearest and properly pose for a picture together. Your photograph will then be projected on the walls of The Space and sent a download ready to print!
For anyone who has ever rented, you might have spent a moment pondering the previous inhabitants of your home. In left over décor and details, the characters of Letters To Windsor begin to investigate signs of past lives in their run down North London flat, opening the never ending mail which continues to arrive, and imagining the recipient’s lives. Filled with satire and surreal interludes, this award winning play from Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit of Sh!t Theatre wittily explores the London housing crisis and the transience of ‘Generation Rent’ who pay astronomically for less than satisfactory spaces to live, and the effects on their personal lives.
Sick of paying through the teeth for a bad view at a concert? Tired of telly repeats that scream monotony? Worried your language skills are diminishing in the face of quick fire technology? Local promoters, I’m Not From London, have just the ticket to cure this tedious affliction! They have rounded up the cream of Nottingham talent for the first in a series of artistic jamborees, presented at Sobar this Friday night. Let your mind wander with inspiring poetry, get lost in independent short films and muse over lyrically driven music. A variety show with something for everyone, and even better – it’s completely free!
In what looks to be yet another high quality and poignant exhibition, New Art Exchange welcomes ‘Unearthing The Banker’s Bones’ opening on April 1st. Exhibiting artist Keith Piper was a local of NAE’s surrounding area Hyson Green during and after his time studying fine art at Nottingham Trent Polytechnic. It was here he co-founded the BLK Art Group, a collective of four British African-Caribbean artists who pushed to critique and explore socio-political topics of the era, and went on to exhibit throughout the UK. Alongside painting, this mixed media exhibition uses interactive digital technology and film to immerse the viewer in the art and the worlds it depicts.
Delve into the peaceful countryside of North Nottinghamshire and capture some beautiful shots with a one day photography course at Papplewick Pumping Station. Housing the original steam pumps and several other historic engines from around Nottinghamshire, the impressive design of the station is a fascinating space to take some snaps, boasting curious brass fittings, impressive columns and nostalgic examples of Victorian engineering. Nestled by a small lake, you’re likely to spot some snippets of wildlife and gorgeous scenery, and qualified tutor Neil Pledger will be there to help you understand your camera, take amazing shots and assist at every step.