Drawing, ceramics, sewing and social media emojis - they’re all in 3rd - 19th August

A FREE creative summer programme at Backlit Gallery, embracing everything from traditional drawing and ceramics to digital art and social media emojis, begins on August 3.

The busy programme of drop-in sessions and artist-led workshops is open to the public and runs Wednesday to Saturday between August 3 and 19 at Backlit, Alfred House, Ashley Street NG3 1JG – near Sneinton Market.

These events (full details below) are all led by Backlit studio artists and take place in the Backlit galleries. Apart from the digital art event, Dancing Girl Emoji, all are drop-in sessions that do not require booking to attend.

Artists involved in the programme include ceramicists Daniel Evans-Pughe and Sophia Ogonda, seamstresses Jenna Round and Heather Cockell, drawing artists Valerie Turton, Demi Overton, Sue Lea and Ali Morgan-Tansley and digital artists Delta Sorority (Jade Williams and Jake Moore).

“The idea of the summer programme is that we open up the gallery to the general public so people of all ages can meet our studio artists and work with them to learn at first hand about different kinds of art and creative processes,” said Backlit participation and learning manager Rosemary MacLennan.

“On the practical side people can also use these sessions to make items such as clothing or pottery which they can take home for free.”

Financial support from The Renewal Trust is ensuring that parts of the Backlit programme are being focused on local young people and families in St Ann’s.

Suzannah Bedford, creative director of the Renewal Trust, said: “Backlit’s desire to bring artists and communities together is an ethos that is echoed by others; by joining together and sharing knowledge we can be more than the sum of our parts, and can begin to really make a difference to our communities.”


Wednesday August 3, 12-5pm: Sewing session with Jenna Round (of Ding Ding Things) and Heather Cockell – bring in old items of clothing or a piece of fabric and experienced seamstresses Jenna and Heather will show you how make them more wearable or practical.

Thur, Fri, Sat August 4, 5 and 6, 12-5pm: Ceramics session with Daniel Evans-Pughe and Sophia Ogonda – try your hand making a coil pot, tealight holder or a number for your front door. Pieces will be kiln-fired and can be collected at a later date.

Thur August 11, 12-5pm: Performing drawing with Demi Overton, Sue Lea and Valerie Turton – watch and experience artists who focus on drawing with a performative nature…and perhaps join in yourself.

Fri-Fri August 12-19: Dancing Girl Emoji: an Exploration of Presentation and Representation Online with Delta Sorority (Instagram/Twitter @Delta_Sorority, search Delta Sorority on Facebook). This is a seven day curated digital residency with six international artists whose work will be shown in a screening night on August 12. “The programme will consider our collaborative research into the impact of the technological progression of communication and the rise of social media platforms, looking in-depth at notions of the new-age narcissist, the digital facade, and the potential for emojis to facilitate transcultural communication.”

The screening night takes place on August 12, 8-9pm, and must be booked

Friday August 19, 12-5pm: Drawing with Ali Morgan-Tansley – people of all ages are invited to try out different kinds of drawing and mark-making.

Friday August 19, 6-9pm: auction at Losers Gym – Losers Gym will be hosting a fundraiser, auctioning works by it studio members and invited artists, with proceeds going towards developing a new public programme for 2016/17. There will also be a small prints and publications table. The selected works will be hosted online in the lead up to the event. The works will then be presented in Backlit for a final viewing from 5.30pm. For information on the event and a list of artworks visit:

Each Friday will also include Family Friday coffee afternoons, 12 noon-5pm, where anybody can drop in for an informal chat over coffee and cake.

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