New Arts Venue Set To Become An Incubator For Creative Talent In Nottingham

A brand new centre for the arts in Nottingham is set to become a hub for nurturing fresh talent, offering skills support and collaborative opportunities to artists as well as shining a light on the creative life of the city through an innovative programme of events.

Fisher Gate Point is a joint venture from the people behind Wigflex [multi-venue music festival], I’m Not From London [label and independent promoter], Circle of Light [youth music project], Garage, Kool Kat and The Lofthouse [former Nottingham club venues] driven by a shared passion to nurture the creative arts in Nottingham.

Will Robinson, Tricia Gardiner, Ian Gardiner, Lukas Cole and Avarni Bilan. Credit Charlotte Jopling

The venue on the southside of the city will house two recording studios; a co-working space; a Garden meeting space for nurturing seedling ideas; workshop rooms; a bar/kitchen; a multi-functional events space equipped with a custom built high spec sound & light system as well as the dedicated Circle of Light and Wigflex studios.

Seven of the 12 office units have been let to independent tenants including a photographer, community radio station and live streaming company, while an acting group and the Prince’s Trust are among those who regularly meet at the venue.

Circle of Light at FGP. Credit Charlotte Jopling

Avarni Bilan, FGP partner, said: “We have come together with a desire to help the grassroots community arts scene and this shared ethos is what has brought us together first and foremost. We want to become an incubator for the creative talent that exists in the city.

“FGP will be a place for creatives to test ideas, a seeding environment where they can access skills, knowledge and equipment. Physically, we are creating open spaces within the building along with a culture where everyone is invited to be experimental, with the freedom to fail and to inspire each other.”

Creatives – both new and established – will be invited to tap into the inhouse skills to help realise their ideas including engineers, technicians, photographers, filmmakers, videographers and social media marketeers.

Lukas in studio with Circle of Light at FGP. Credit Charlotte Jopling

The building is also now a permanent base for the award-winning Youth Music project Circle of Light. It’s just one of several projects to have taken place at FGP this year. Others have included the live stream festivals Light Hustle in April and Nottstopping Festival in May, demonstrating the team’s ability to react and respond nimbly to the constraints of lockdown.

A film and music video have also been shot at the venue this year with upcoming projects in the New Year already in place, including FlyGirl, a representation platform for creative womxn of colour, Be Scene and Heard, a music project for young deaf people and To Hull and Back, a two-city live music project to provide opportunities for musicians in Hull and Nottingham.

The new centre for the arts has also been welcomed by the Arts Council, and has recently received a Cultural Recovery Fund award as part of the Government’s support for the arts.

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