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Metronome: A new centre for cross-media arts launches in Nottingham this October

Metronome is the new centre for popular culture opening in Nottingham this October.


Metronome - a new centre for popular culture - will open this year on Nottingham Trent University's Creative Quarter Campus.

Driven by the team behind Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, a key purpose of Metronome is to develop the next generation of creative, performing and technical talent.

Students will get unique opportunities to work alongside professional technicians and learn directly from visiting artists.

Comprising a 400 capacity venue and a fully licensed bar, it features six state-of-the-art recording studios and fourteen fully equipped rehearsal rooms.

Music, moving image, videogames, live performance and spoken word all feature in the venue’s public programme, the first details of which are now available online.

The first season includes BCUC (Gilles Peterson of BBC 6 Music’s favourite live act of 2017), Japanese Psychedelica from Acid Mothers Temple, award-winning spoken word artists and some very recognisable videogame icons.

From the outset, Metronome will present local, national and international artists, makers and thinkers to the public, adding a vital new voice to the conversation in creative technologies.

Craig Chettle, Founder and Chief Executive Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, said: "We’re thrilled to be joining the stellar line-up of venues in Nottingham with our exciting, distinct new centre, Metronome.

"We’re bringing something new to the city and the region with Metronome. And it’s only been possible because of our 25 years’ experience running Confetti; the special relationship with our parent company Nottingham Trent University, and our ability to quickly respond to the ever-changing world of creative technologies.

"Metronome will deliver one of the most ambitious and diverse programmes in the UK - live music of all kinds, moving image, e-sports and videogames, talkers and thinkers - they’re all going to find a unique new home here.

"It’s tempting to just talk about it in terms of being an amazing building with amazing facilities and, of course, it is all of those things, but it’s what happens inside that really matters. Metronome is more than just a place, it’s an ecosystem."

Barbara Matthews, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Culture) at Nottingham Trent University, added: "Something as ambitious as Metronome is only possible when built around the reputation that Confetti has established in the city over the last 25 years.

"At Nottingham Trent University, we believe in inspiring people to discover their creative and professional potential and I am sure that Metronome will make a significant contribution to finding and developing the next generation of talent.  It’s an exciting moment!"

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    Press enquiries please contact Chris Birkle, Public Relations Manager, on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2310, or via email; or Dave Rogers, Public Relations Manager, on telephone +44 (0)115 848 8782, or via email.

    Founded in 1994, Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies is a leading provider of creative industry education and training, offering college-level courses through to post graduate degrees.

    Confetti is part of the Confetti Media Group, a unique family of companies that include Spool Films, Constellations, record label Denizen and the Antenna Media Centre. It also runs the award-winning local TV station, Notts TV.

    The group is one of the main creative industry employers in the region and it further supports an industry membership of over 450 creative businesses ranging from PR firms to Games Developers.

    The Confetti Media Group was acquired by Nottingham Trent University in July 2015. Metronome, part of Confetti’s new campus developments, sits at the heart of Nottingham Trent University’s Creative Quarter Campus.

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) was named University of the Year 2017 at the Times Higher Education Awards, and Modern University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. These awards recognise NTU for its high levels of student satisfaction, its quality of teaching, its engagement with employers, and its overall student experience.

    NTU has been rated Gold in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework – the highest ranking available.

    NTU is one of the largest UK universities. With 30,000 students and more than 4,000 staff located across four campuses, the University contributes £900m to the UK economy every year. It is one of the UK’s most environmentally friendly universities, containing some of the sector’s most inspiring and efficient award-winning buildings. 96% of its graduates go on to employment or further education within six months of leaving.

    Our student satisfaction is high: NTU achieved an 88% satisfaction score in the 2018 National Student Satisfaction Survey.

    The University is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable Nottingham Trent to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    NTU is home to world-class research, and won The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 – the highest national honour for a UK university. It recognised the University’s pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage; enable safer production of powdered infant formula; and combat food fraud.

    With an international student population of over 3,000 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook.

Published on 22 August 2018
  • Category: Curated & Created; Press office