Nottingham Creative Fringe


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The second annual Nottingham Creative Fringe is almost here…

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 27th– 29th March 2015

– City Arts – Sneinton Market – Surface Gallery

About NCF

Nottingham Creative Fringe is a multi-venue DIY arts festival situated on the edge of the city centre where Hockley meets Sneinton. Events are spread over three days with City Arts acting as the festival base and pub/café. The Saturday and Sunday of the festival see the return of our popular Arts Fair in the historic Sneinton Marketplace.

The Fringe was founded in 2014 by two social entrepreneurs – Kirsty Fox and Laura Marano. It aims to bring different art forms to new audiences, engage with the local community, promote knowledge of existing small art spaces in the area and provide opportunities for emerging artists and creative businesses.

Sneinton is home to a cluster of great project spaces, studios, galleries and venues all within ten minutes’ walk of one another including City Arts, Nottingham Writers’ Studio, JT Soar, Surface Gallery, Backlit, One Thoresby Street, Bohunk Institute, Hackspace and Stuck on a Name.


About the organisers

Kirsty Fox is a writer, artist and social entrepreneur. She founded Bees Make Honey Creative CIC in 2012 with collaborators Dan Layton and Phil Formby. Bees Make Honey offer integrated support and opportunities to creative businesses and local artists, hosting events such as markets, pop-up shops, gigs and outdoor cinema.

Laura Marano is the founder of Tibeb Artisans’ Co (formerly Merkato), linking local designers with ethical and environmentally positive projects in Ethiopia and Kenya. Tibeb sell a beautiful collection of handmade products including woven baskets, scarves, throws, bags, jewellery and stuffed animals. Laura has also worked for and with various other charities and social enterprises over the years.

Laura (left) & Kirsty
Laura (left) & Kirsty

Timetable of Events


Friday 27th March

CITY ARTS – 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH- festival base

18:00 – 22:00 – THE DUST ON THE MOTH EXHIBITION FEAT. CRAIG SYMES – Free Entry – with real ale bar from BLACK IRIS BREWERY & veggie cafe from BECCY’S GLOBAL KITCHEN

18:30 – 20:30 – RECLAIMING NOTTINGHAM – panel discussion on DIY arts activity, organisations & space within the city – Free Entry

JT SOAR – Aberdeen Street – NG3 1JB


BOHUNK INSTITUTE – 3 Fishergate Point – NG1 1GD

Mimm & Donuts present – U.N.I.T.Y celebrating the positive representation of women in hip-hop – all-dayer – Full line-up and times TBC – £3 entry

Saturday 28th March

CITY ARTS – 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH- festival base

10:30 – 23:00 – THE DUST ON THE MOTH EXHIBITION FEAT. CRAIG SYMES – Free Entry before 19:00

11:00 – 20:00 – BECCY’S GLOBAL KITCHEN – veggie cafe

12:00 – 23:00 – BLACK IRIS BREWERY – real ale bar

11:30 – 13:30 – GETTING YOUR PROJECT OUT THERE – “Reaching the right audience with the right medium” – WORKSHOP with MATT HALL & MARK ROBERTS – £5ADV from the link below

14:00 – 17:00 – CYANOTYPE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS with LEICESTER LO-FI – £10ADV from the link below

19:00 – 23:00 – GIGZABITION – artwork from THE DUST ON THE MOTH kickstarter plus live music from THE CUSP, GRAWL!X and a special collaboration between GRAHAM LANGLEY & DAN LAYTON – £5 ADV (from kickstarter page, link coming soon!) or £6 OTD #KickStartMoth

Fringe Arts Fair at Sneinton Market – Gedling Street – NG1 1DS

13:30 – 18:00 Arts Fair featuring stalls from local designer-makers & creative businesses, full list at the bottom!

Live music from 14:00 including Bir feat. Friend of a Friend + Blunt Mountains + DJs

Surface Gallery – 16 Southwell Road – NG1 1DL

11:00-17:00 “Pictures of my Father” – Exhibition by Dr Peter Day

11:00-1700 “What do we know and what do we believe?” – Exhibition by Chiara Dellerba

11:00-17:00 Bookbinding, print & experimental drawing workshops with artists Chiara Dellerba & Maria Rosaria Digregorio – from £3 depending on materials – drop-in workshops, no experience required

One BC – Frock Off – Gedling Street – NG1 1DS

14:00 – 17:00 Workshops with edgy local fashion brand One BC – free-styling on mannequins creating shape in fabric & paper PLUS live music from VENTIDUO

Sunday 29th March

CITY ARTS – 11-13 Hockley, NG1 1FH- festival base


12:00 – 17:00 – BECCY’S GLOBAL KITCHEN – veggie cafe

12:00 – 17:00 – BLACK IRIS BREWERY – real ale bar

12:00 – 17:00 – Meet the organisers of NEW WAVE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL – chat about plans & view showreel – free entry

Fringe Arts Fair at Sneinton Market – Gedling Street – NG1 1DS

12:00-17:00 Arts Fair featuring stalls from local designer-makers & creative businesses, full list at the bottom!

12:30 BEATFEET family-friendly drumming workshops – price TBC

13:30 Live music from Hello Thor DJs plus more TBC

Nottingham Writers’ Studio – 25 Hockley – NG1 1FH

14:00-17:00 – Open Studios – come and have a look around at the facilities & have a chat about events and memberships.

More Details on Events, Venues & Collaborators


City Arts is a community arts organisation and venue, which moved to Hockley from Radford in late 2014. The ground floor of the venue will be the festival base hosting a vegetarian café with Beccy’s Global Kitchen, a real ale bar with local micro-brewery Black Iris, and an exhibition of artwork from Craig Symes and The Dust on the Moth project.



The Dust on the Moth will be a collaborative book, a dark science fiction fairytale by writer Darren Simpson, with illustrations and photography by Dan Layton and Phil Formby. To launch a kickstarter for the book, Bees Make Honey are hosting a ‘gigzabition’ at City Arts. The illustrations, photography and excerpts will form part of a weekend long exhibition (complimenting the work of Craig Symes).

Tickets for the gig component will be available to purchase as one of the perks on the Kickstarter page (link soon).£5 ADV

Live music will be as follows –

The Cusp – Psychedelic post-rock for both the brain and heart
Grawlix – Lush ambient-indie melancholia
A very special collaboration between Graham Langley (Savoy Grand) and Dan Layton (Apalusa; Souvaris)


Experimenting with media and materials, Craig Symes seeks to portray the natural world in both its beauty and cruelty. Stimulated by primitive and early artworks – considering their importance as illustrations for lost and rarely heard oral histories – Craig’s work imparts the sensations and perceptions of a wild British Isles. Craig’s artwork has been accredited by Rotary International.

“Nature, its science and inner workings are magical, this majesty highlights narratives that encourage new ways of seeing and engaging with the physical world; a shared intention of my work”… “The process of creation and construction of a piece is more important to me than the finished artwork; In the same way a striptease is sexier than a naked body; or a journey leads to adventures and discoveries that were never imagined when the destination was conceived. It is for this reason I try to demonstrate the process of creation within my artwork.” – Craig Symes

© Craig Symes
© Craig Symes


Leicester Lo-fi will be hosting Cyanotype photography workshops at 2pm on Sat 28th. Discover one of the earliest forms of photography, explore the Cyanotype process, make your own light sensitive paper and then expose your images using found objects or your own images. All materials supplied, suitable for different ages and experiences. Tickets £10 in advance from –



“Reaching the right audience with the right medium” workshop with Matt Hall & Mark Roberts at City Arts from 11.30am on Sat 28th

This will be a small group workshop suitable for any creative business or project where Matt & Mark will talk through some ideas and then offer feedback and problem-solve on individual projects.

With limited places and the bargain price of £5 a ticket we expect this to book up fast!

Matt Hall was formerly the multi-media editor for culture & sport at The Guardian and is experienced in working closely with arts organisations as varied as Glastonbury Festival, The Royal Court Theatre and The Space on their editorial offerings.

Mark Roberts is social media whiz kid and multi-talented entrepreneur with a knack for explaining how to best utilise digital media to grow and engage audiences for projects rather than lose them through overkill and the hard sell.

Tickets available at


A bit more than your average craft fair, the Fringe Arts Fair returns this year hosting a range of stalls from local makers, small businesses and foodies, alongside live music from local DJs and bands, plus a family-friendly drumming workshop from BeatFeet on the Sunday!

Stalls include – fine art, illustration, print, photography, publishing, music, film, fashion, accessories, jewellery, woodwork, ceramics, homewares, and local produce.

We’re proud to host our fair in the historic Sneinton Marketplace, an area in the process of being restored to former glory.

Stalls as follows (some will be both days, some just one day) –


“Pictures of my Father” – a solo exhibition by Dr Peter Day, will be the culmination of a 6-month project, responding to themes of loss, memory and reflection. Employing photography, moving image and sound installation, Peter is interested in how different mediums can explore and understand both ourselves and others.

Exhibition runs 20th March – 4th April

“What do we know and what do we believe?” – This exhibition by Chiara Delleba, is concerned with habitual ways of seeing: with what we know (the experience of reality through our senses, specifically sight) and by what we believe (experience mediated through preconception).

The artist offers a personal meditation on how the world works. The exhibition will encourage the audience to investigate the gap between knowing and believing, and to develop a different way of experiencing reality that can lead to a new kind of belief.

Exhibition runs 20th-28th March

Alongside this exhibition, Chiara Delleba and fellow artist Maria Rosaria Digregorio, will be hosting drop-in creative workshops between 2pm and 5pm on Saturday 28th March. Workshops will be in bookbinding, print and experimental drawing. No experience necessary, drop-in and have a go. Prices will range from £3 upward depending on materials.


JT Soar is an ex-fruit and vegetable warehouse turned DIY music and arts space, just behind Sneinton Marketplace. They put on a great range of cheap small gigs and it’s BYOB, you can also book it for recording/practice space.

One BC

One BC are an edgy local fashion brand who have been based down in Sneinton Market for around a decade. Formerly in one of the avenue shops, they’re currently in temporary digs (Frock Off – an impressive warehouse-style space) while the avenues are being done up.

Reeta & Tony will be running workshops on Saturday afternoon, free-styling on mannequins with paper & fabric. Price depends on materials. 2pm-5pm drop-in or book in advance to secure your spot!

There will also be live acoustic music from Ventiduo.


BeatFeet was founded by Jude Winwood and provides high energy and fun drumming workshops and performances in educational, corporate and community settings. Jude Winwood is a UK qualified Teacher, with experience in the UK and in international schools in Africa and several French overseas departments; including the West Indies and dependencies in the Indian Ocean. Jude was recently awarded a Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology, by The School of Oriental & African Studies and the University of Central London. This has allowed her to explore many aspects of Music and to learn how to play a West African harp called the Kora. Widely acknowledged as a Language and Music specialist, Jude has a particular interest in using rhythm as a key development tool for adults and children. Jude has developed a unique delivery style which allows her to tailor any workshop to a client’s needs.


Nottingham Creative Fringe is supported by UnLtd for Social Entrepreneurs and Nottingham Trent University.                                       #NCFringe #BBCgetcreative

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15 thoughts on “Nottingham Creative Fringe

  1. Could you please send me an application form for the creative event at Snienton Market in September? I notice the deadline for applications is next week. I am an independent artist, but I specialise in Cyanotype prints. If you look up Cyanotype on Wikipedia it explains the process & I follow the traditional process first created in 1800’s by Anne Atkins.

    Thank you very much. I have a Facebook Page for my very new business called Hope Eternal. You can check out pics of my prints on there 😊.

    Many thanks in advance 😊

    Sarah Simons
    Tel 07800790793 or 0115 9401572

  2. Hi I messaged you last week via this link requesting you to email me an application form for the Sneinton Market event, in September.

    Today is 11 August & deadlines for applications is tomorrow! I have checked through my emails & I have not received an email application form! With the deadline being tomorrow, I am worried that I will miss my chance to apply for this event!

    In my original message to you via this forum I explained my products & what I do as an independent artist. I specialise in Cyanotype Prints.

    Could you please email me ASAP as a matter of urgency? Could you also tell me what time applications close tomorrow? Is it 12pm lunch or 5pm for example? To return the form promptly, do you have an office space/base in Nottingham that I could physically bring it into?
    Could you please acknowledge to me via email that you have received this message? My email is Tel 07800 790 793 or 9401572.

    Many thanks.

    Sarah Simons
    FB art Page is called Hope Eternal.

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