The UK Young Artists City Takeover has landed
Get ready for an invasion of innovative, immersive and diverse contemporary arts as the UK Young Artists City Takeover comes to town from Thursday 7 – Wednesday 13 February. Expect everything from visual arts, performance, music and words, as Nottingham hosts a week-long celebration of young artistic talent.
This exciting event is produced by UK Young Artists (UKYA), an organisation dedicated to helping young artists to develop their practice and pursue a creative career. With a vision to becoming the UK’s leading talent development agency, it works with all art forms showcasing artists at national and international levels.
City Takeover brings together 200 artists from around the world, with over 150 free events across seven days. As well as offering a host of pop-up activity including exhibitions, digital arts, music, theatre, dance, and poetry, there’s also workshops, talks and networking events to enjoy.
While you’ll find activity in some of Nottingham’s well-known cultural venues, you’ll also discover it in unusual and disused spaces all around the city. Encounter art and performance at places like Jam Café, Nottingham Playhouse, Rough Trade, New Art Exchange, Dance4, Backlit, and Broadway – to name just a few!
And don’t miss the 14 NTU graduates who have been selected to showcase their work, including Bethany Stafford, Grace Peckett, Abigail Johnson, Chloe Laycock, Emily Stollery, Hannah Parikh, and Tiffany Slowik.
Our City Takeover top picks
Saturday 9 February
NTU Lace Archive Tour
Bonington Gallery, various times
Take a rare opportunity to explore NTU’s Lace Archive and discover the history of the beautiful craft, and its place in the city.
Dizzy Ink – Made in a Day
Dizzy Ink studio, 10 am
Set up by NTU Photography alumni, Dizzy Ink is an independent risograph and screen-printing studio in the heart of Hockley. In this workshop, you’ll create, design, print and bind your very own zine – all in a day.
Sunday 10 February
UKYA Exhibition Tour
Meet at Bonington Gallery, 11 am
Take a trip across the city with UKYA volunteers to discover exhibitions at a range of venues including Bonington Gallery, New Art Exchange and Four / Four at Primary.
Monday 11 February
Dance Triple Bill
Nottingham Playhouse, 8 pm
UKYA City Takeover presents a trio of contemporary dance solos from international artists Bianca Hisse, Yu-Hsien Wu, and Kim Geunyoung.
Tuesday 12 February
Triple Bill: Red Pig Flower, M-Flute and Simone Sims Longo
Metronome, 8 pm
Experience an evening of electronic music with Berlin-based video and sound artist Red Pig Flower, composer Simone Sims Longo, and a spectacular audio-visual performance from M-Flute.
Visit the UKYA City Takeover website to check out the full programme of events.
- Category: Culture; Curated & Created; Current students