On Friday 13th July 2012, Pop Up Nottingham took over the old factory space at 25 Stoney Street in the Lace Market.  These days, it is better known as the New College Nottingham School of Art and Design, and there we took over three rooms across two floors and made them our own.
Downstairs, guests were welcomed with an array of creative stalls at our craft market, and acoustic sets from Ady Suleiman and Asha Jazz greeted the revellers with a taste of what was to come.  Once through the reception area, we encouraged our party seekers to head through to our “Secret Cinema” and view the collection of local films produced by IS Creative.  
Upstairs, the floor was transformed into a gallery space filled with “Reclamation” inspired artwork from local artists Julie Glynn and Pete Spowage, and of course the top five entrants to our #PictureThisNotts 2012 photography competition.  
Of course it was no ordinary gallery experience, as accompanying the exhibition came a backdrop of sound provided by Project S2dio.  From the soulful sounds of Ady and Asha, to the raw honest raps of Mighty Joe, to the experimental and improvised sounds of FUKU and Bois Des Roses, all topped off with a Just James sized cherry playing us out with face melting synths and heavy riffs.  All in all it was a medley of music that injected pace and power to an inspiring evening of local creativity.  
We also have to say a huge thank you to The Underground Restaurant for providing some beautiful canapés and to Fat Cats Nottingham for providing the bar for the evening.  
Some of the exhibitors at RECLAMATION can be found in our artist’s directory, so please feel free to browse and book them for your own event.
“RECLAMATION Part I” was a statement of intent for future events that we have planned, to showcase the talents of local artists.  If you want to get involved with future events, join the network and let’s see what we can do together.  If you want to just find out about the next one, join the mailing list and be amongst the first to know.

Article by Lucy G / 18th July 2012


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