Young artists to transform Nottingham in first UKYA city takeover

Over 250 national and international artists aged from 18-30 from 25 countries will come together in Nottingham for seven days from the 7th February for a festival of contemporary art and performance designed that will immerse visitors in an array of extraordinary, innovative and contemporary work.

Visual arts, theatre, live art, music and spoken word will animate cultural spaces and unusual places across the city with over 100 free performances, exhibitions and participatory events including unique performances and interventions on public transport, performances within Nottingham’s famous underground caves and churches, and a nonstop 12-hour event.

UK Young Artists has for the last 10 years championed young artists and performers through festivals, events, talks and workshops both in the UK and internationally. The charity encourages artistic development with a focus on cross art form practice. Alumni who have benefited from the support of UKYA include Rachel Maclean who represented Scotland at the 2017 Venice Biennale; Hetain Patel whose acclaimed work mixes visual art, dance and performance; and award-winning poet and playwright Toby Campion.

Yu-Hsien Wu (Taiwan) (1)

Nottingham has a rich cultural heritage and a tradition of artist led projects including the influential Midland Group (1943 to 1987), which was committed to  the presentation of ‘progressive and experimental visual arts in Nottingham’. The opening of Dance4, an international centre for dance development, and two public galleries, Nottingham Contemporary and New Art Exchange, has helped cement Nottingham as a centre for the arts.  More recently The New Midland Group, comprised of three independent artist studios, Backlit, One Thoresby Street and Primary, have built on the legacy of the Midland Group, seeking to further develop the promotion of visual arts and artists. UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 2019 will continue this tradition of bringing international artists to Nottingham and draw focus to the dynamic arts scene in the city.

Artists featured include visual artists Bernhard Buff (Germany), Iolanda Di Bonaventura (Italy,) Nika Kupyrova (Ukraine) and Thodoris Trampas (Greece); musicians Camille Christel (UK) and TrueMendous (UK); live performances by Red Pig Flower (South Korea), theMiddletonCorpus (UK) and Yu-Hsien Wu (Taiwan).

UKYA’s Instagram is highlighting an artist from the City Takeover everyday until the opening in February @ukyoungartists

Full programme of events to be announced later this month via
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