Critically acclaimed artist Mat Collishaw  returned to his home town of Nottingham on Saturday 18th May 2013 and led a special workshop at a Backlit gallery as part of the national Museums at Night festival.


Mat Collishaw worked with local artists and members of the public to build a series of unique 3D zoetropes – a modern twist on the old Victorian technique. He  also took part in a question and answer session.

Collishaw works predominantly in photography and is one of the Young British Artists – a group of artists including Tracy Emin and Damien Hirst. Mat Collishaw said:

Backlit gallery is a fantastic artist-run studio and exhibition space. Last week I met the artists that have studios there and the people that run the gallery, and they are all fantastic. I’m looking forward to coming down to the gallery again to run the workshop and meet more creative people in Nottingham.

The zoetrope is something that I’ve employed in my work before. It’s basically an old Victorian, pre-cinematic optical illusion of movement using images and light. But what I have done – and what I’ll be doing at the workshop – is develop this by replacing the static pictures with sculptural objects, using record decks and strobe lights to create a visually wonderful effect.

Mat is visiting Backlit because the gallery won a national competition in March called Connect10, which saw a total of 38 venues go head-to-head to host one of ten successful artists over Museums at Night festival. The gallery won the national online public vote by a staggering 45%, beating three other venues across the country.

The event is open to the public, although places are limited. But for those who can’t make it, there will be a live TV stream of the event on White Collar Zoo – Nottingham’s online video channel for the creative sector.

Museums at Night 2013 takes place in hundreds of museums, galleries and heritage sites across the UK during the evenings of Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 16-18.