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Circle of Light 5

Circle Of Light is an award winning community of young people, using their skills and experience to reimagine the future of the music industry. The Project is inviting 30 young people aged 16-25 (up to 30 if d/Deaf, disabled neurodivergent or facing long term illness) to collaborate and help create our 5th Studio album in one month. Creatives can be musicians, photographers and more. You do not need any previous experience, including musical.

Young People & 1525 Collective

Nottingham Contemporary’s programme for 15–25 year olds is for anyone wanting to be creative, gain experiences, take part in social events or get your voice heard about the things that matter.
It usually takes places at Contemporary at 5pm on a Wednesday.

New Art Exchange: YARD

YARD is a creative and supportive hub for young people to come together, develop their skills in theatre and performance, devise their own work and explore new ideas and approaches working with professional artists.

New Art Exchange: YOUnique – Young Producers

Are you interested in a career as a festival and event producer? If so, the YOUnique programme may be for you. YOUnique offers an opportunity for young people to learn and lead in the delivery of the YOUnique Festival, a three-day takeover of New Art Exchange. You’ll learn all the key aspects of festival production and management and work with the NAE team, industry experts, and professional artists.

Nottingham Music Hub: Robin Hood Youth Orchestra

RHYO plays a diverse range of music from classical to film to jazz. For 11-19 year olds in Nottingham City who can play their instruments to around Grade 4+.  They rehearse once a week on Saturdays in the city centre (currently at the Nottingham Cathedral).

Playhouse: Theatre Groups

Nottingham Playhouse have a variety of groups for young creatives.
From theatre to art, spoken word to being on the youth board and gaining work experience. There’s something for everyone regardless of background or ability.

Greenway Centre: SEND Project

SEND is a community arts organisation based in Sneinton, Nottingham, providing workshops, courses and bespoke projects to young people and vulnerable adults across the East Midlands via outreach work, or through projects run from their modern studio facility at the Greenway Centre. Regular youth sessions in Sneinton.


Nonsuch have recently moved from their studio space but they are still committed to creating amazing opportunities for young performers and producers. Check out their website for news and events and get involved in shaping new programmes for 2024 and beyond.

Backlit Gallery: Pending Collective

Pending Collective is a group of emerging artists aged 16-25 hosted by BACKLIT, focused on creating projects and events in Nottingham to encourage connection to the local culture and community. Including students and soon-to-be graduates, Pending Collective artists find a home in Nottingham and are in pursuit of enriching themselves and others through the creative process.

CRS: Sound Machine/Youth Music

Sound Machine is a group dedicated to developing musical skills & creativity. It consists of workshops, live performances, training courses and work experience placements.

The Wolfpack Project

Founded in 2019 by Damien Reynolds; The Wolfpack Project was established to combat the substantial, growing issue of youth loneliness as a serious public-health problem of our time. As a result of his own experience of loneliness, Damien set up the charity in his hometown of Nottingham.

Playhouse: Art Club

Nottingham Playhouse’s Art Club is for anyone aged 16+ who has an interest in drawing, art and learning about other artists.
It’s open to all who want to take time to improve their skills, from beginners to those with experience. No need to bring anything except yourself; all materials will be provided. £110 for 10 weeks (10 Jan-21 March). Try a free taster session (subject to availability).
Tuesdays, 1 – 3pm. Enquiries: [email protected] 

Writing East Midlands: Free Creative Writing Groups

National Justice Museum (online attendance optional) Ages 10-18 Weekday evenings or Saturdays FREE

Writing East Midlands young writers’ groups are fun, friendly and full of like-minded writers. They meet monthly, receive support and guidance, enter (and win) competitions, take part in literary events, and make friends with lots of other writerly types. 

BFI Film Academy at Broadway

If you’re 16 to 25 and want to learn about the makings of film or want to work in the industry, then Broadway’s BFI Film Academy can help!

In partnership with the BFI, Broadway’s BFI Film Academy offers opportunities for 16-25s in Nottingham and the East Midlands to get to know more about film and how to make a career in the screen industries.

Through the BFI, Broadway provides a range of accessible activities, courses, workshops, and events offer opportunities for those wanting to test the water through to those keen to hone their skills.

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