Students shine a spotlight on creative quarter
CREATIVE talent in the city is to be showcased during a week-long festival organised by New College Nottingham.
A series of presentations will be held at Broadway Cinema in Hockley on Monday and Tuesday.
Meanwhile, students will be taking part in performances throughout the week.
The college has arranged the Creative Quarter Festival to celebrate the thriving creative industry in the city.
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Tom Dick, college director of creative, cultural and digital, said: "The event will mark Nottingham's creative heritage, throw the spotlight on the exciting work our students are producing, celebrate creative talent amongst the business community and attract people into the Lace Market – an incredibly important part of our city."
The presentations in the Broadway will take place between 9.30am and 4.30pm on Monday and Tuesday. They will include talks by:
Alison Willoughby, a textile designer.
Local graffiti artist Dilk.
Jo Fairfax, a sculptural light designer.
Phil Nodding, scriptwriter on hit show Shameless.
Frank Abbott, an artist and film-maker.
Mike White, a graphic novelist and mastermind behind the comic series Amity Blamity.
Other highlights will be pop-up shops in Stoney Street in the Lace Market which will be selling arts, crafts, cards, toys and other gifts made by students.
There will be student performances at the college's Adams Building, while students will be able to attend workshops, including dance.
Freddie Hessian, 18, a foundation art and design student, said: "I'm really looking forward to attending the graffiti art workshop at the Creative Careers Conference, as there's limited recognition for urban art in the creative sector.
"It's great that NCN has involved Nottingham graffiti artist Dilk in the conference as it helps raise the profile of this type of art."
Emily Armstrong, 21, who is studying fashion interpretation and creative cutting, said: "We've been given shirts by Emmanuel House to upcycle and are making items to sell in our festival pop-up shop to raise money.
"It's great that we've been able to use our creativity to make a range of items – from shirts like diary covers, iPod socks, stuffed toys and collar necklaces – to raise money for a local charity.
"I'm also really looking forward to the live student performances throughout the festival and the street market."
Sarah Hill, 18, who is also doing a foundation art and design course, said: "There's a great variety of workshops at the Creative Careers Conference this year. The one I'm attending will increase my knowledge, give me insight into the contemporary environments I'll eventually be working in and will help strengthen my university application."
For more details on events, visit www.ncn.ac.uk