It's another success story for Lakeside as 1,000s flock to Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

15 Feb 2013 15:37:02.793

An exhibition of photographs from the Nottingham-based film Saturday Night and Sunday Morning is the latest in a long line of success stories for Lakeside, The University of Nottingham’s public arts centre.

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning: The authentic moment in British Photography exhibition closed last weekend (Sunday 10 February) and attracted over 18,000 people since opening in November 2012.

The exhibition was inspired by Alan Sillitoe’s groundbreaking Nottingham-based novel and film adaptation charting a year in the life of Arthur Seaton, a machinist at the Raleigh cycle factory – which is now the site for the University’s Jubilee Campus. 

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46,000 flock to Lowry

This exhibition comes on the back of a year and a half of impressive visitor numbers for Lakeside, which started in style with a collection of world class paintings and sketches by LS Lowry. The exhibition, featuring his famous matchstick men, attracted over 46,000 visitors to the Djanogly Art Gallery.

But this wasn’t just a one-off for Lakeside. With this renewed interest in the arts centre, the next exhibition – featuring the work of Edward Burra – attracted over 15,500 visitors. This was a 55 per cent increase on Lakeside’s previous most successful exhibition, American Scene Prints from Hopper to Pollock.

Outgoing artist-in-residence Nadim Chaudry’s contemporary exhibition, featuring chickens heads and big furry balls, attracted over 3,500 visitors – another increase on Lakeside’s previous artists-in-residence. This was followed by Laura Knight in the Open Air at the end of 2012, which attracted just under 12,000.

Raising the profile of Lakeside Arts Centre

Shona Powell, Director of Lakeside, said: I’m thrilled that Saturday Night and Sunday Morning has reached more than 18,000 people, making it our second most successful exhibition in the history of the Djanogly Art Gallery at Lakeside.

"We’ve had an incredibly enthusiastic response from visitors, and walking around it you could always hear people talking about memories invoked by the photographs on display.  It really has touched many people who live in Nottingham, or have at some stage of their lives lived here."

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