NAE endeavours to support our local communities and to have a positive impact on the lives of the audiences we serve. NAE is a space for leisure, socialising, creative enjoyment, learning and well-being, and it is also a space for thinking, questioning, raising important social and political debates and stimulating positive change.
Working with our local communities is therefore an important part our work as it enables us to understand the interests, needs and aspirations of the people of Hyson Green and Nottingham, which in turn has a huge impact on the exhibitions we show and the various different projects we deliver.
Community engagement happens in many different forms and we are always looking for new ways to connect. For examples of how we are currently working with communities, please see below, and visit our archive webpages for information about past projects. Whether you are part of a community group, or an individual with an idea to develop, please get in touch so we can discuss how we can work together.
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Ongoing community projects and opportunities
NAE hosts regular weekend workshops by Nottingham community based organisation, including the South Asian classical dance, kathak, led by Manushi, the Brazilian martial art, Capoeira, as well as Afro Cuban singing lessons. If you are looking for a base from which to run your own workshops in collaboration with NAE, then get in touch!
OCCUPATIONS is an ongoing programme that enables artists and community groups to develop and stage events in collaboration with NAE – this could be a creative presentation, workshop or pop-up exhibition. Recent OCCUPATIONS have included a local dance group taking over the building for a day of Flamenco performances and a weekend of Eid celebrations led by the Sudanese community.
Exhibition: Sound Systems Back in Da Day
Rockers, Soulheads & Lovers: Sound Systems Back In Da Day is an exhibition exploring the golden era of African-Caribbean sound systems from the 1960s to the early 1980s. The exhibition, curated by Michael McMillan, presented the memories of local people in Hyson Green and Nottingham who were either part of a sound system collective or attended the Blues parties. The exhibition tells an important history of Nottingham's black communities in Nottingham, containing archive material, rare record and equipment from the time, and also contemporary interviews.
Get Up Stand Up!
Get Up Stand Up! is a collaborative project between New Art Exchange, The National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL) and the Galleries of Justice. Since summer 2014, we have been exploring notions of International Civil Rights with young people from all over the city. The groups' ideas helped to devise a brand new audio-visual gallery tour using digital technologies. Click here for further details.
NAE's Black History Month Steering Group
NAE works with a collective of community representatives that volunteer their time to help shape the content of NAE's Black History Month programme and to design and deliver their own events.
Black History Month
Black History Month is a time to reflect and give tribute to the pioneers that strived for equality, creating a greater acceptance of our differences. Our Black History Month programme at New Art Exchange is becoming bigger and stronger as we work alongside a Black History Month steering group throughout the year to deliver the annual events programme. We have worked with various groups including DREAM, Afrovibes- Lakeside Arts Centre, University of Nottingham American & Canadian Studies Department and Nottingham Black Archive.
NAE hosts a range of special events during Refugee Week in June to promote minority artists, stimulate new ideas and serve the needs of our local community in the inner-city neighbourhood of Hyson Green. The week celebrates the positive contributions to society that refugees make and challenges the stereotypes and barriers that exist between communities through the arts, debates and cultural exchange. Refugee Week is coordinated by a collective of East Midlands-based organisations and individuals working under the name of Beyond Borders. The group convenes on a monthly basis throughout the year, covering areas such as event planning, funding and marketing. This relationship enables all organisations to share skills and knowledge, connect with new audiences, and raise the profile of Refugee Week in Nottingham.