Learning Programme


We deliver a range of free family activities throughout the year that will spark your imagination and let your creativity run wild! Our gallery learning resources will help you to engage with our exhibitions and look closely at the artworks on display.

Light Night Workshop: Luminous Landscapes  

Saturday 8 February (4pm – 6pm)

Artist Ryan Heath will take you on a weird and wonderful journey, exploring natural worlds and glowing creatures. Play with light, paint and sculpture to create your own luminous landscape to take home. 

FREE, Suitable for children aged 4+ years. No need to book – just drop in.

Pending Collective

Our Young People’s Programme has relaunched as the Pending Collective and is open to new members aged 16-25 years. The collective meet on a monthly basis and work with BACKLIT Staff and Artists to complete creative projects and develop their skills in project management, curating exhibitions, organising events and marketing. It’s FREE to join and no previous experience is needed.


We work closely with local community groups to curate exhibitions, organise events and deliver creative workshops. If you would like to take part in a project or book a special tour of our building for your group then please do get in touch.

Upcoming community events

Connections: The Benefits of Drawing 

Saturday 30 November (2pm – 4pm drop in) 

Drawing can help to boost your memory and reduce levels of stress and anxiety. Explore the left and right sides of the brain in this mixed ability drawing workshop led by art educators Karen & Peter Chesney. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced drawer, this workshop will help you to build your confidence and develop your skills.

FREE, Suitable for aged 16+ years. No need to book – just turn up!

Art + Feminism Edit-A-Thon Social 

11am-1pm, Saturday 7 December 
11am-1pm, Saturday 11 January 
11am-1pm, Saturday 15 February (11am – 1pm) 

Art + Feminism is a campaign improving coverage of gender, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia. It is a do-it-yourself and do-it-with-others campaign teaching people of all gender identities and expressions to edit Wikipedia. Come along to our monthly social to develop your Wikipedia editing skills and learn more about the campaign.

FREE, Suitable for aged 16+ years. No need to book – just turn up!

More information

For more information on our Learning and Community Programme, please contact Gina Mollett at gina.mollett@backlit.org.uk

The Learning and Community Programme will explore the use of colour, pattern, and symbolism within textile design. Working with families, young people and community groups within the local area, we will explore textiles past and present and their relationships to art, design and contemporary culture. The programme will build upon the success of previous projects and partnership working across Nottingham. We will continue to support the professional development of artists that have an interest in social and participatory art practice. We are proud to be a Tate Exchange Associate and will develop a public programme of activity in 2019.