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inc. Djanogly Gallery and Hall
University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
0115 846 7777
Gallery free, performance prices vary
Mon-Fri, Sat, Sun, 11am - 5am Mon-Sat, 12-5pm Sun
Welcome to Lakeside - the University of Nottingham's unique public arts facility based in the family-friendly surroundings of Highfields Park.
Since adding the Civic Trust Award Winning D.H. Lawrence Pavilion to our existing portfolio of the Djanogly Art Gallery and Djanogly Recital Hall in autumn 2001, Lakeside has rapidly established itself as a hugely successful new multi-arts centre in the East Midlands attracting almost half a million visitors in our first 3 years.
We offer easy access to a year-round programme of high quality, diverse exhibitions, music, theatre, dance, comedy and literature performances, as well as the chance to participate in out-of-school workshop activities for children and young people. Our buzzing programme is complemented by two attractive cafés and beautiful parkland, making a visit to Lakeside an enjoyable event for the entire family.
Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.
Lakeside Arts invited us to try some of their family workshop activities as part of a Nottingham Family Arts Network event in October 2015.
Our first activity was inspired by Anna Collete Hunt's ‘Swarm', an installation of ceramic insects, drawing upon the collection at Wollaton Hall and looking more and less realistic close up. Children were given clay, tools and images of invertebrates to work with and created their own swarm of mini-beasts, some life like, some mythical. Artist Shamila Chady guided gently, encouraging everyone to try different shapes and techniques. Our young participant chose to create an ant, with enthusiasm that extended equally to the wiggly worm she rolled out alongside. Both were photographed with pride and made it home intact.
Lakeside's archaeological museum welcomed us next. We searched the collection for items resembling a set of touchable artefacts set out on a table. Fun for all ages, albeit with different levels of understanding; we learnt that a shield boss is not a hat. The museum is small but well set out with a really interesting emphasis on the very local.
Lakeside Arts Centre also offers a gallery, recital hall, theatre, shop and café and is set in a park, with lakefront wildfowl and a great children's play area. Djanogly Gallery offers free ‘Art Investigator Bags' for 7-12 year olds to learn and get creative with its exhibitions.
We arrived from town by tram, swooping out on Nottingham NET's recently opened Hucknall - Toton line. Lakeside is wonderfully convenient from the University of Nottingham stop, directly opposite the pavilion.
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