New Midland Group - DIY DAY
Feb
12
1:00 PM13:00

New Midland Group - DIY DAY

An afternoon of conversations and activity, which will provide an insight into artist-led activity in Nottingham. Together, we will consider what the artist-led culture of the city is and how this has changed over recent years; what the term artist-led means now, and how we embody it; and, perhaps most importantly, what it will look like in the future.  This event features a talk by art critics, The White Pube who will describe how and why the collaboration began in 2015 and how it continues to grow.

This event has been organised by UKYA with the New Midland Group, a partnership between Backlit, One Thoresby Street and Primary.

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Chiara Dellerba in collaboration with Kim Bormann - Bored on Mars
Feb
12
12:00 PM12:00

Chiara Dellerba in collaboration with Kim Bormann - Bored on Mars

Bored on Mars is a collaboration between artist Chiara Dellerba and dancer Kim Bormann. The workshop, an interactive and intimate performance, explores forms of decompression and engages with the notion of unproductive space, slow down rituals and the creation of nothing as a generative process with critical potential.

Please wear comfortable clothes.

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John Berkavitch - Finding your Voice
Feb
11
2:00 PM14:00

John Berkavitch - Finding your Voice

Berkavitch is one of the most respected voices in the UK spoken-word scene. Former UK Slam Poetry Champion, Internationally acclaimed Storyteller, accomplished Breakdancer, Digital Artist and Animator, he has toured poetry and spoken-word across Europe, South America and Asia, and his work has been featured on Sky Arts, Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra and Radio 4.

During this two hour workshop participants will explore various approaches for developing semi-autobiographical writing for performance utilising metaphor as a creative device.

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Let’s Talk Funding
Feb
11
10:00 AM10:00

Let’s Talk Funding

Representatives from Arts Council England outline the different streams of funding that artists can apply for, and present an overview of their work and key priorities. Followed by a funding surgery in which you can discuss ideas with fellow artists, and receive advice from experts in arts funding.

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LaPelle’s Factory - The Night Shift
Feb
10
to Feb 11

LaPelle’s Factory - The Night Shift

LaPelle’s Factory cordially invite you to participate in THE NIGHT SHIFT - a very special creative all-nighter as part of the UKYA City Takeover. A 12-hour theatrical lock-in for anyone interested in rapid-response theatre-making and staying up really, really late. Part workshop, part performance-making free-for-all, LaPelle’s Factory will work with you via twilight, starlight and the witching hour to explore the creative creepies which lurk in the dark. You’ll be let loose to craft your own material, which will be shaped and then shared, bleary-eyed, the following morning.

Spaces limited - booking essential. Participants must be aged 18+

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Bill Balaskas - Apertures
Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

Bill Balaskas - Apertures

  • The Florist, Upstairs at Bunkers Hill (map)
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In his lecture-performance Apertures, UKYA alumnus Bill Balaskas will explore the ideological agency of contemporary art by expanding his research into the notion of “blindness”. Blurring the boundaries between personal narration, scientific documentation and poetic allegory, Balaskas will bring together a variety of sources and media, in order to further one of the most prominent preoccupations in his artistic and academic practice: the invisibility of the structures of power. UKYA Alumni Artist Presentation.

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UKYA Cornish Weekender
Feb
10
11:00 AM11:00

UKYA Cornish Weekender

  • The Florist, Upstairs of Bunkers Hill (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Last spring in St. Ives Cornwall, UKYA ran our second ‘Weekender’ residency, curated by Claudio Zecchi in collaboration with Chiara Dellerba and Garth Gratrix. In this performative talk, the curators use the zine as a device to instigate and trigger an immersive and performative discussion, seeking to re-think and re-define the Cornish Weekender atmosphere with the participation of the artists and the public.

This interactive talk will be followed by an open session where you can find out more about the next UKYA Weekender, coming in 2019; applications open shortly after the City Takeover.

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AJA - Experimental Sound Workshop Manipulation in a Cave
Feb
9
5:00 PM17:00

AJA - Experimental Sound Workshop Manipulation in a Cave

In this workshop Aja Ireland will teach you how to make environmental recordings, and create a wide range of different sounds and textures by only using simple, built in Ableton Plugins. You will learn to build ambient/drone/noise textures, experiment and discovering new sounds as a group through live demonstration.

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Animation Nation - An Introduction to Animation
Feb
9
2:00 PM14:00

Animation Nation - An Introduction to Animation

Get animated with this Stop-motion animation workshop! Working in small groups of 2-4 and learning the techniques used in 'Shaun the Sheep’ and the ‘Lego Movie’ you will create your very own animated movie. You will make models and props and then use cameras, laptops, backgrounds and lots of imagination to bring your creations to life! Your finished films will then be uploaded to the Animation Nation ‘YouTube’ Channel for your family and friends to watch!

Recommended age: 12-16 years.

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LandXcapes International Residency
Feb
9
2:00 PM14:00

LandXcapes International Residency

  • The Florist, Upstairs at Bunkers Hill (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Participating artists and tutors from the LandXcapes in Puglia (October 2018) discuss their experiences of this multidisciplinary cultural project of integrated enhancement of the identity and landscape heritage of Salento. Promoted by Puglia Region in collaboration with Teatro Pubblico Pugliese and the International Association BJCEM.

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Lena Peters - Secrets of the Hidden North
Feb
9
12:30 PM12:30

Lena Peters - Secrets of the Hidden North

  • University of Nottingham Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

University of Nottingham Museum will be a temporary home for some unique objects. Made by Lena Peters and unearthed in the woods of Northumberland National Park, just above Hadrian’s Wall. They tell a fascinating new story about archeology and our history. Join storyteller and ceramicist Lena Peters to find out more about these special and engaging objects.

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A Natural Oasis: Institutions, education and the curatorial
Feb
9
10:30 AM10:30

A Natural Oasis: Institutions, education and the curatorial

A Natural Oasis? is a Transnational Research Program; a nomadic free school curated by Alessandro Castiglioni and Simone Frangi supported by the BJCEM Association.  It is dedicated to the development of new curatorial research paths in the field of contemporary visual and performing arts starting from the geopolitical peculiarities and the artistic scenes of those European and Mediterranean territories that are commonly considered remote, marginal, small, insular or liminal. The current edition of A Natural Oasis (2018-2020) particularly investigates the notion of insularity from a geopolitical and social point of view as well as its impact on cultural production.  

Institutions, education and the curatorial: beyond the rhetoric of the alternatives

UK Young Artists has invited the participants of A Natural Oasis to Nottingham for the City Takeover to continue their research, and invite local artists, curators and researchers to participate in an afternoon of presentations and discussions.

10.30 - 13.00 Introduction by Nottingham Contemporary Team and Brief introduction to the research fellows of A Natural Oasis? (2018-2020).

- Presentation of A Natural Oasis? by Alessandro Castiglioni and Simone Frangi;
- Presentation of the Independent Studies Program Campus by Carolina Rito and Sofia Lemos
- Discussions and sharing session

14.00 - 16.00 A series of short lecture performances by the 6 curators, in which they could present their research focus;  Theodoulos Polyviou (Cyporys/UK), Denise Araouzou (Cyprus), Panos Giannikopoulos (Greece) Angeliki Tzortzakaki (Greece/ Netherlands), Nicolas Vamvouklis (Greece/Italy), Giulia Gregnanin (San Marino/Italy), Giulia Colletti (Italy/UK)

16:30 - 17:30 A reading group focusing 2/3 texts that have informed the groups collective research

BOOK TICKETS HERE

Image credit: Jacopo Rinaldi Constructing through dispersion, proposal to send back the archives
2014, A Natural Oasis, San Marino.

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Rosalind Davies - Thriving and Surviving as an Artist
Feb
8
3:30 PM15:30

Rosalind Davies - Thriving and Surviving as an Artist

  • Bonington Lecture Theatre, Nottingham Trent University (map)
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Out of necessity artists must become their own business, finance, sales and marketing manager, researcher, curator and administrator; ultimately, the project manager of your career as an artist. This practical, discursive, and insightful talk will help new graduates and emerging artists begin to understand the practical and philosophical aspects of an art career and learn how they can navigate the difficult transition between education and making a career as an artist.

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