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Nottingham’s Youth Cultural Partnership

Introducing Connecting Notts

Connecting Notts is Nottingham’s Youth Cultural Partnership, established in September 2020 by ChalleNGe Nottingham. The city’s arts organisations nominate up to 2 representatives (aged 16-24) to join the group for up to 2 years; ensuring support and commitment to new ways of working to develop access and visibility for more youth arts projects.

ChalleNGe’s ambition is that significantly more children and young people across all our diverse neighbourhoods will actively engage with and contribute to the creative and cultural life of their locality, the city and beyond. As a growing network of arts, education and community partners we aim to work together:
– to amplify youth voice and embed it in planning
– to champion the rights of children and young people to express their creativity
– to identify and disseminate good practice
– to maximise the engagement of young people with culture and creativity as a vital element in Nottingham’s future.

Get involved

The Connecting Notts team are supported by Upstart Projects and meet monthly. If you’d like to get their view or discuss ways they can help, please contact the project manager Emrys.

If you have a young person that can represent your organisation, please read and complete the nomination form below:

Our Purpose

Encouraging inclusivity of young people from all backgrounds, we build collaboration and communication between Nottingham’s cultural organisations.

Celebrating every art form, we strive to introduce and develop the arts experiences of Nottingham’s young people.


Meet the Connecting Notts team

Ava Hemsley

I’m a digital illustrator and animator currently studying on an art foundation course. My main interest is in 2D animation which I’m hoping to develop a career in. I’m a member of the Notts Creatives who aim to make art more accessible for teenagers in the pandemic.

Ava represents the Notts Creatives

Charlie-Dawn Sadler

With a degree in Acting and Creative Practice I am passionate about performing and creating thought provoking work. I love to read fiction books and watch plays at the Nottingham Playhouse. Writing is especially important to me, most notably in the form of poetry and playwriting.

Charlie represents Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

Jaya Gordon-Moore

Jaya (Stage name: JayaHadADream) is a female independent rapper, singer, producer, journalist, podcaster, radio broadcaster, activist and community worker. Finishing her degree in Sociology at the University Of Nottingham in 2020, she has recently worked with New Art Exchange, set up Women in Music projects and is now also teaching at post-16 level.

Mary Waldron

I am currently in my second year of my Fine Art Degree at NTU, my work explores themes of Materiality, Time and Labour through the process of knitting. I am also part of the young people’s group named Pending Collective at Backlit gallery- we aim to serve the community and provide art events and experiences for all. 

Mary represents the Backlit Gallery

Katy Goodwin

I graduated from NTU in 2019 with a degree in Theatre Design and currently work as a designer in Stoke-on-Trent whilst volunteering remotely for Freedom Foundation. I am passionate about making the arts and creativity more accessible for young people.

Katy represents the Freedom Foundation

Octavia Grae

With a First Class Drama Degree, I am a performer and performance-maker who loves developing new queer and womxn led work. I do this through my theatre company Category: Peach – where we aim to SLAY injustices with our art. I also slay injustices as the Chair of Nottingham Playhouse’s youth board, as well as run workshops and performances there. 

Octavia represents Nottingham Playhouse.

Rajae Wright

I am a musician from Nottingham. I was born in London and raised in Nottingham and I am friendly and curious. My favourite genre of music would probably be jazz.

Rajae represents the Nottingham Music Hub

Daniella Taiwo

I recently finished my Masters in Product Design and Manufacture at the UoN and currently work as a Learning and Marketing Intern. My aim is to learn about opportunities in the Arts sector and work to combine my love of art with my engineering degree in creating positive spaces for vulnerable groups and societies.

Daniella represents Nottingham Contemporary

Roma Kahlon

Hi there! I am a recent graduate of NTU with a degree in Psychology (and I also have an immense passion for singing). Currently, I work with the university in the culture department and my interest in supporting creative opportunities for young people has evolved since Covid-19, as the pandemic highlighted the importance of artistic spaces. 

Roma represents Nottingham Trent University