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School’s Out children discover their taste for art with Nottingham Contemporary

Children on the School’s Out programme have had a busy day at Nottingham Contemporary exploring the new “From Ear To Ear To Eye” exhibition.

As part of the exhibition, the children were able to explore around 150 pieces of photography, sculpture, installation and sound pieces from almost 20 different artists in four different galleries. The children took part in critical thinking and hands on creative activities using the exhibition to inspire their own art.

The children will be taking part in other events in partnership with Nottingham Contemporary throughout the week, which will be a combination of physical activities run by School’s Out coaches and creative workshops such as digital art and creative writing.

The School’s Out programme, which is run by Notts County FC Football in the Community (FITC), is designed to offer affordable child care during school holidays. For just £1 a day, children aged 8-15 can take part in a vast variety of sports, play board games and try their hand at arts and crafts.


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This is the first time Notts County FC FITC are working on the scheme in partnership with Nottingham Contemporary, and, if successful, it is hoped the two organisations will continue working together on the future with and for residents in the City. 

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(Left) Associate Artist Sam Read and (Right) Communities Programme Natelle Morgan-Brown (Nottingham Contemporary), were on hand to answer questions and provide background information on the exhibition and artists.

Natelle Morgan-Brown, Communities Programmer at Nottingham Contemporary, said: “As charitable organisations, both FITC and Nottingham Contemporary recognise that merging sports and arts can help children develop vital and transferable skills such as communication, creative and social skills. The opportunity to be involved with Nottingham Contemporary activities also gives the group a new platform to express themselves in a completely different manner than they’re used to and helps them to explore the similarities in sports and the arts.”

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School's Out participants with their mentors.

She continued: “It’s been great seeing children showing interest in art and sharing their work with other children on the programme. The art work produced by children will also be exhibited at Nottingham Contemporary from 11am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday (24th and 25th February) downstairs in The Space where we also have free Family activities every weekend and school holidays.”

“This is an open invite to parents, teachers, volunteers and children themselves to come and see their work being exhibited at an international art gallery.”

After the programme has finished, the children’s art work will be donated to Notts County FC FITC, where it will be displayed indefinitely at the Portland Centre in the Meadows.

Ian Richardson, School’s Out programme co-ordinator said: “We’ve been doing this programme for about 10 years now but we’re delighted to have Nottingham Contemporary on board as they’ve showed children quite simple but, at the same time, creative and innovative ways of thinking, which is great.”

To find out more about our School’s Out programme, please visit:

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