Our Purpose

Connecting Notts is Nottingham’s Youth Cultural Partnership – a group of young artists, performers, writers and musicians and representatives from various arts organisations and community groups around the city. We create opportunities for other young people aged 16-25. Our views feed into the work of ChalleNGe Nottingham, a city-wide partnership of arts organisations, schools and young people.

We focus on supporting arts organisations to be more inclusive and welcoming to young people from all backgrounds.

New members are welcome – could you represent your sixth form/college or a group you’re part of? Getting involved is simple: Apply online

The Youth Partnership Lab:
Thank you to all who attended!

Casey Soma

Being part of the thriving cultural community in Nottingham has been a huge part of my life and professional development since I was seventeen. I started attending weekly music sessions at NGY, a local youth organisation where I found myself immersed, for the first time in my life, in the talent, imagination, thoughtfulness, and inspiration of my fellow creatives.

I found I had not only a place to belong but also that I had something to contribute. Connecting Notts is a similar organisation on a mission to connect, collaborate, inspire and create opportunities between the eclectic varieties of arts organisations, youth boards, and cultural institutions within the city.
On the 18th of March 2024, Connecting Notts hosted the first of many inclusive networking events at Antenna. It was an uplifting evening of enlightening conversations on how we can reach more young people. From students, to artists, to businesses, regardless of your background – you are welcome at Connecting Notts.

Although the arts may seem like something that is somewhat elusive and inaccessible, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Connecting Notts empowers aspiring creative practitioners and provides you with the tools and connections to make your creative dreams a reality. Do you see for example, something within your community that doesn’t seem right to you? Are the issues that you are passionate about ignored at your school or college? Do you find yourself seeking a community of like-minded, passionate people who are intent on inspiring real change within the Nottingham cultural sector? There is a place for you at Connecting Notts.

Nottingham has one of the most vibrant and fascinating creative scenes in the country.
There are so many opportunities to take part in grassroots initiatives whatever your passion may be. Are you a musician? Let us introduce you to the Nottingham Music Service. Are you an aspiring artist ready to bring your visionary ideas to life? Try the 1525 collective at Nottingham Contemporary. You are the voice of Nottingham’s future regardless of your background, ideas, perspectives, thoughts or stories. You will be welcomed and celebrated at Connecting Notts and we’ll provide you with access to a group of creative people with eclectic talents who will support you in your collaborations and connect you with the people, places, and resources you need to have your say.

Our event at Antenna on Monday night brought together the best and brightest Nottingham has to offer. We’d like to work directly with you to provide much needed support to young creatives; Connecting Notts invites all youth groups, aspiring creatives, artists, film makers, musicians, whatever your discipline to connect with the our network so that together we can create strong bonds between our organisations for the betterment of young people within the city.

Notts Youth Trends Survey

Take the survey for a chance to win £100 amazon vouchers

Nottinghamshire’s biggest youth-voice survey is back for another year. 

Help build a picture of what 11 to 25 year olds think about Nottingham and the opportunities open to you!

Enquires: email Caroline Rowland

Take the survey and please share it with your friends!

Our partner organisations