Discover activities to suit all ages and budgets in this fantastic programme of workshops, performances and events. Find out how you can get involved!

How to book:

Click the appropriate ‘Book’ button to book your place at any of the activities listed. For any event or activity without a button, simply show up on the day. Donations are appreciated by not necessary – pay what you can! All income raised through this programme will go towards our work with people excluded from the arts.

For enquiries, or help with booking, contact us at:

[email protected]
0115 9505 251


Collage artwork

Workshops & Classes

Samba Dance
Tuesdays, 4th Oct – 22nd Nov (breaks for half-term)
7.15pm – 8.45pm

Get fit and have fun learning Samba and Afro-Brazilian dance as part of our ever expanding carnival community.

With Can Samba you will learn all about dancing in a group and performing fun, street theatre-style interventions. No experience necessary.


£6 per session (£4 when block booking)

Email [email protected] to book.

Painting Together
Mondays: 17th Oct – 7th Nov
11am – 12:30pm

Liza Aspell brings her joyous and creative workshops back to City Arts. Bring your under 5’s to these weekly painting sessions and let them get messy exploring ideas, expressing themselves and playing with paint!

These collaborative play sessions offer a way of building non-verbal relationships with your young ones in an informal and supportive environment.
Bring your own lunch and stay for a meal after the session!


Eventbrite - Painting Together

Concert Club
Thursday 13th Oct
7pm – 9pm

Have you always wanted to see an orchestra live? Want to learn about classical music, but have been afraid to ask? Concert Club, run in partnership with Nottingham Royal Centre, is the thing for you!

Come along to our listening session and learn how an orchestra works, what to listen out for, and how to relax and enjoy classical music. Attendees will receive free tickets to a concert by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on Friday 21st October. Music will include the Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Korngold’s Violin Concerto and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.


Eventbrite - Concert Club: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Portraits: Paper to iPads
25th & 26th Oct
10am – 4pm

Bring your kids to this fun family workshop!

Using a range of different materials and techniques they’ll create a portrait of themselves or a loved one. Afterwards we’ll use iPads to beam the portraits into the digital world, play around with and add to them to create fantastic digital masterpieces.

Suitable for 6 -12 year olds. An experienced artist and workshop leader will run the sessions. No unaccompanied adults!

£3 per child

Eventbrite - Portraits: From Paper to iPads

Oh, I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside…
31st Oct & 9th Nov
2pm – 4pm

Come and recall your fondest seaside memories at these relaxing and sociable collage workshops.

Led by artist Sarah Manton, you will be shown a range of crafting techniques to use to create your own unique collage artwork. Take inspiration from picture postcards, driftwood, sand between your toes, ice cream and soaring seagulls and create something to take home and enjoy.

Includes free tea, coffee and cake!


£5 per session

Eventbrite - Mixed media collage: Oh, I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside...
Eventbrite - Textiles: Oh, I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside...

Concert Club
Wednesday 7th Dec
7pm – 9pm

A second of our fantastic Concert Club sessions, run in partnership with Nottingham Royal Centre, for people who want to find out more about classical music.

Come to the listening session and learn how an orchestra works, what to listen out for, and how to relax and enjoy classical music. Attendees will receive free tickets to the acclaimed Halle Orchestra’s Christmas Concert on Wednesday 14th December.


Eventbrite - Concert Club: Halle Orchestra’s Christmas Concert



Portrait of care home resident by Mik Godley

Exhibitions & Events

Exhibition: ‘Flying Free’ – Can Samba & City Arts at Nottingham Carnival
6th Oct – 20th Oct

This summer, Can Samba & City Arts were crowned ‘Best Troupe’ at Nottingham Carnival for the second year running. Over one hundred participants, volunteers and artists worked hard to make our carnival troupe as accessible and inclusive as possible. To celebrate we are exhibiting a selection of our stunning carnival creations in our window, from colourful costumes to magical mechanical puppets.

Our troupe will be out on the road again for the Hockley Hustle, on Sunday 9th October.

Exhibition: Abbeyfield Art & Soul
Dementia and Art
26th Oct – 5 Nov

An inspiring collection of artworks created by residents living in the care of Abbeyfield across the country. The Art & Soul exhibition highlights the therapeutic benefits art brings to older people, providing a means of expression particularly for those living with dementia or other medical conditions.

Stapleford Library will also host work from the exhibition. Pop in on Church Street, Stapleford, Nottingham NG9 8GA.

12th Nov – 4th Dec

Our Young Producers are taking over City Arts’ building and window, bringing you a month of art, exhibits, workshops and music. These young artists are devising a special programme of events for the general public using poetry, puppetry, painting and more to explore the concepts of explosion, utopia & legacy.

The Young Producers are a group of creatives working together to support and encourage each other’s artistic and creative practice. The group is open to anyone aged 18-30 who has passion for working with other like-minded people to generate new and exciting creative opportunities.

Check our website for info about the upcoming workshops. The month will culminate with a party and exhibition – kicking off 25th of November, 7 – 10 pm.

ADVENT: Christmas Craft Market
10th Dec – 17th Dec
10am – 6pm

Pop in to pick up beautiful presents, cards and decorations from some of the region’s best craftspeople and designers. With work to suit all budgets, nobody will leave disappointed. For the third year running we will host Beccys Global Kitchen – selling delicious food and warming drinks. Bag yourself an amazing lunch whilst you shop for gifts.

Join us for a glass of mulled wine at our opening night: Friday 9th December, 6.30-9.00pm.

Want to sell your work at ‘Advent’? Contact [email protected] for an application form. Closing date Monday 7th November.