On Saturday 29th November Nottingham Contemporary held its final ‘Collabor-8’ event of the year. Mocktails, popcorn, live music, and some brilliant art work. This is no ordinary youth club.
Collabor-8 is part of Circuit a national programme connecting 15-25 year olds to the arts across museums and galleries. Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation it was set up by Tate in the wake of the 2011 riots. The project is run by young people, for young people. Using art as a platform they strive to reinforce the notion of community; combat anti-social behaviour and stop young people being vilified in the press.
This month’s free social and workshop welcomed special guest artist Kashif Nadim Chaudry. Taking inspiration from their favourite pieces exhibited at the Contemporary the work was then interpreted live in the ‘Space’ during the evening by the young people.
The work of Raphael Hefti was represented using different materials to create pieces; exploring the notion of light and the role of science within art. A large tepee was constructed in the centre of the room using bright, multi-coloured cellophane. The Instillations merged visual art with music, film and written or spoken word.
Collabor-8 volunteer Becky Timmis said: “My job is to market the event, it’s still in the early stages and experimental in terms of getting the word out there. We use Twitter which is great for building a buzz but we definitely still rely on word of mouth. People come and will go back and tell their friends.” It was brilliant to see such a great turnout for an event that many obviously care about and put a lot of their own time and energy into. The room was lively, bursting with laughter and conversation all night. The volunteers ensured everyone felt welcome and encouraged even the most inexperienced to have a go and get involved.