RCF Good News Stories

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Empyrean Installation

Paul Liptrot (RCF Participant) and Holly Early, recently presented Empyrean, an interactive light and sound installation as part of ‘Contemplations’, a group show in All Hallows’ Church as part of the Lady Bay Arts Festival.

Empyrean is a site specific installation created for the pulpit in the Church and combines vibrant petri dishes (created using latex and ink) with three channels of ever-changing soundscapes in an environment designed to transport visitors from the everyday, to a place of wonder and serenity.

Visit the installation throughout June, after Sunday service or between 10am-12pm on Tuesdays. There will be an open night for the public on 19th June, 6.30pm – 9pm.

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Family Friendly Rave

Creative trainer, experience maker and RCFer, Clare Taylor, has teamed up with Mansfield Museum to present a 'Night at the Museum' themed, family friendly rave! 

Expect dance music, crafts, mask making, glitter cannons, giant balloons, a baby chill-out space, tents and tunnels play area, colouring murals, glow sticks, licensed bar and more!

More info and tickets available here

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Nila Shah Exhibition

From Thursday 10th May, local artist and creator Nila Shah, will be exhibiting work in The Lally Gallery at Erewash museum. The collection will focus on how Nila portrays bright colours, depth and emotion. Go and check out the exhibition, showing until Friday 6th July.


Katharina Fitz

As part of the European Culture Days 2018, the BBK Karlsruhe, District Association of Visual Artists, will be presenting young artistic positions from Karlsruhe’s twin cities in the exhibition Open Borders taking in focus Revolutionary Changes.

RCF and ExperiMentor participant, Katharina Fitz applied for the Open Borders project and was successful so will soon be travelling to Germany to present an exhibition of work.

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Alan Lodge

After working with photography curator, Camilla Brown, to sequence his photography collection, Alan attended GRAIN in Birmingham. GRAIN is an arts organisation dedicated to commissioning, facilitating and delivering ambitious, engaging and high quality photography projects, commissions, events and exhibitions.

Alan has since exhibited at Bonington Gallery, with his collection 'One Eye on the Road – Festival and Traveller Culture since the 1980s', documenting gatherings, environment protests, land rights demonstrations and rave culture.

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Julie Russell

We would like to wish Julie Russell well with her new business, Eat, Bake and Sing! Julie uses bread baking sessions to incorporate social eating and live music, "partly as a form of therapy but also to empower others to bake their own, healthy bread". The workshops are all about coming together, learning to bake, sharing food and meeting people. Mindfulness is practiced whilst baking in a calm and peaceful environment.

Spread the word about these brilliant sessions and pop along to experience them for yourself! More information available here.


Lina Mookerjee

Over the past year, Writer and Researcher, Lina Mookerjee, has continued to develop two books, in addition to being invited to speak on Notts TV, several radio stations and the Sikh Channel. Lina has also contributed to Mark Dennison’s ‘Loose Ladies’ feature on BBC Radio Nottingham and continues to do so on a regular basis (next appearance on Friday 23rd March).

Ending 2017 with the first Praxis lecture at Nottingham Trent University (click here for details) and starting 2018 with a lecture about India’s British History and the partition impact, keep an eye on Lina’s website for future talks and activities.