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23 Sep, 2022 - 7 Jan, 2023

Situated outside the NAE in the Street Gallery, Communities In Motion is an exhibition curated by Lisa Robinson with local photographer Tom Morley. It presents a series of photographs of local Black centres that connect to the history of past, present and future of Black activism in Nottingham. The exhibition questions: is there a need for a physical Black centre of activism in the city?

Centres such as the Afro-Caribbean National Artistic (ACNA) centre or the formerly joint centres of APNA Arts and EMACA which gave birth to the current NAE building are captured. Contemplating the architecture and life of these buildings is an invitation for all to add to our personal and collective stories.

As a community organiser, Lisa Robinson was keen for the exhibition to reflect on the collective ways she works with people, as well as being inspired by the recent collaborative project 4UBU at NAE (June-August 2021), a Black-led informal space that focused on Black life and joys.

This project stems from Lisa Robinson’s PhD research at the University of Nottingham funded by Midlands 4 Cities.

Book your free ticket to the Launch Celebration.


The Communities In Motion gathering is an invitation for all to take part in the conversation about past, present and future Black centres in Nottingham. A collective moment to celebrate, share stories and archive materials, anecdotes and remember local histories. Join us in the NAE CaféBar for this gathering. Light refreshments will be offered during this event.

Book your free ticket.