Brave New Nottingham
2020 has certainly been a rollercoaster ride that nobody expected and the impact of Covid-19 has been felt by many. Sadly, the creative sector has been one of the biggest casualties of the pandemic. The UK government’s directive to protect the public and stop the spread of coronavirus led to the closure of our treasured cultural beacons, which devastated the arts world.
Now, many theatres, art galleries, cinemas and museums, are contemplating permanently closing their doors. As we step outside into the brave new world known as the “new-normal”, the time has come to rescue our cherished city from the pandemic, and breathe new life into the place we call home.
The Nottingham Project, which launched earlier this month, aims to harness the power of culture, creativity, the arts, music and sport over the next decade, to re-vision and rejuvenate the city. Major organisations, like the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Council and Arts Council England, will unite with some of Nottingham's greatest creators. Joining as Vice Chair is BAFTA Award winning actress, Vicky McClure, who has long been a leading champion of the creative industries in her home city.
“We have seen our iconic arts and cultural institutions shut for months and facing a fight for survival. What our city needs is not only a way to rejuvenate itself post Covid-19 but a plan to come back stronger than ever before.”
Vicky commented: “The events of 2020 have had a devastating effect on the creative industry around the world. In Nottingham we have seen our iconic arts and cultural institutions shut for months and facing a fight for survival. What our city needs is not only a way to rejuvenate itself post Covid-19 but a plan to come back stronger than ever before, which is why I’m delighted and honoured to join The Nottingham Project as Vice Chair.
"I believe we have a unique and inspiring heritage as well as an exciting future, with so much incredible young talent coming through. This is the moment where we can begin to showcase to the world just how amazing Nottingham is.”
Both the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University will provide the project with crucial support. 'Universities for Nottingham', which launched in January, places creativity, culture and local heritage at the centre of helping to make both Nottingham and Nottinghamshire an outstanding and prosperous place to live, work, study, invest and start a business.
“It has never been more important for Nottingham’s artists, businesses, institutions and communities to come together.”
University of Nottingham’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Shearer West, and Professor Edward Peck, Nottingham Trent University, commented jointly: “It has never been more important for Nottingham’s artists, businesses, institutions and communities to come together. We are delighted to support a programme of such ambition and confidence which shares the spirit of collaboration that also underpins our commitment to our joint ‘Universities for Nottingham’ initiative, launched earlier this year.
"Both universities have been long-standing supporters of Nottingham’s cultural and creative sectors for many years and we hope that this investment will underscore the vital role that creativity and culture will play in local recovery and renewal.”
The Nottingham Project is calling for the people of Nottingham to help play a role in the future of the city with ideas, thoughts and creativity welcomed in order to shape the initial creative process. Share your thoughts