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



Workshops & Classes

Concert Club
Tuesday 10th May
6.30pm – 8.30pm

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 ‘The Music of James Bond’ on 28th May, a concert by acclaimed orchestra The Hallé.


Eventbrite - Concert Club: The Music of James Bond

Life-sized Paper Puppets
Tuesday 31 May
10.30am – 4pm

Build an (almost) life-sized paper puppet person and bring it to life with City Arts’ resident puppet expert Alison Denholm. In this family friendly workshop have fun scrunching, ripping and tearing to create your puppet, then design a paper outfit and learn how to make it walk, run, jump and play.

Children must be accompanied by an adult

£8 per adult
£12 for 1 adult and 1 child
£5 per extra child

Eventbrite - Life-sized Paper Puppets


Carnival Parade

Carnival at City Arts

Our carnival programme is a partnership between Can Samba and City Arts

Samba Dance (Fitness level – high)
Tuesdays: 19 April – 19 July
7pm – 9pm

Learn moves and grooves in samba sessions led by experienced dancer SaRena Kay. The workshops will equip you with the skills and confidence to throw shapes as part of the Can Samba & City Arts ‘Flying Free’ Carnival Troupe, winners of ‘Best Troupe’ at Nottingham Carnival 2015.

£7 per session
£30 for six sessions

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Slow Samba Dance (Fitness level – low)
Tuesdays: 19 April – 19 July
5.45pm – 7.15pm

Keep fit, make friends and build your confidence whilst learning a slowed down version of Brazil’s energetic Samba dance. Enjoy these gentle social sessions with Nottingham’s friendliest, most inclusive, carnival troupe.

£4 per session
£18 for six sessions

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Carnival Percussion
Sundays: 15 May, 19 June, 17 July
12pm – 5pm

Join the winners of ‘Best Band’ at Nottingham Carnival 2015! Whatever your level of experience professional musician Ceri Howells will teach you all about the wonderful world of Samba beats and licks.

Delicious homemade lunch available.

£10 per session
£20 for three sessions

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Create Carnival
Wednesdays: 20 July – 17 August
1.30pm – 4.30pm
6pm – 8pm

Calling all budding seamsters! Snip, sew and stick in these fun friendly sessions led by carnival company Can Samba. Help us fashion fabulous costumes for the award winning Can Samba & City Arts carnival troupe, then see your colourful creations hit the road for the 2016 Nottingham Carnival parade.



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Carnival Rehearsals
Sundays: 7th & 14th August
1pm – 3pm

The 2016 Nottingham Carnival Parade takes place on the 21 August 2016. Ahead of the main event, we will hold two full troupe rehearsals on Sneinton Market.

If you have taken part in the workshop and would like to join the parade as a member of our troupe, please make sure you keep these rehearsal dates free. Meet at City Arts.


Silk Circles

Exhibitions & Events

Exhibition: Under the Radar
Tony Fisher
1 May – 15 May

Photographer Tony Fisher is interested in taking ordinary, everyday things and making them extraordinary; injecting life into objects that you may not take a second look at. This series of photographs, some taken in Nottingham, some in Berlin, and others across the UK, look at reflections from windows, and so are particularly suitable for the window space at City Arts.

Tony, a keen advocate of the arts role in supporting mental wellbeing, has been working as an artist for over 45 years.

Exhibition: Spring in the City
Mik Godley & Students
18 May – 3 June

Nottingham artist Mik Godley has been working with a group to explore a range of digital drawing techniques. Painted using iPad apps, the work, which captures ‘Spring in the City,’ retains the sense of human touch found in traditional drawing.

It will be presented in the City Arts window alongside a selection of Mik’s stunning iPad portraits of older people in Nottingham care homes, created for City Arts’ Imagine programme.

Exhibition: Painting Together
Liza Aspell
6 June – 22 June

My child could paint that!

Earlier in the year therapeutic artist Liza Aspell led a series of joyous workshops with children aged 5 and under. These playful sessions break down barriers allowing free, uninhibited play with paint. The rules are strict: parents can’t help and try not to get paint on the walls! Kids get the chance to make creative decisions, but most of all, have fun with paint. See some of the work they produced in our window.

City Arts Summer Fayre
Saturday 18 June
11am – 4pm

Celebrate the summer with a day of fun and creativity!

Come and get creative amongst the fabulous food stalls of Sneinton Market. At this vibrant event you’ll be able to create beautiful soundscapes with our giant musical Chimes, meet some of our favourite puppets, take part in free art workshops and get a sneak-peek of our 2016 ‘Flying Free’ Carnival Troupe.

Exhibition: Express Yourself
23 June – 24 July

For seven years, City Arts’ Express Yourself programme has been supporting young people to gain skills and qualifications by raising their self-esteem in a safe, creative environment.

For the most recent project a group worked with graffiti artist Nathan Bainbridge (Kid 30) and digital artist Graham Elstone. They were taught a range of different graffiti and digital art skills before producing this innovative and interactive art installation in our window. Part of the Street Arts Festival.

Carnival Time
25 July – 31 August

Watch as our troupe for Nottingham Carnival 2016 takes shape! As new work is created, we will be highlighting selected pieces in our window. Check out our colourful costumes before they hit the road on the 21st August.