We’ve loved the @DepotNottingham pretty much since they’ve opened, and although we don’t always have potential climbers use our service, when we do The Depot are definitely our climbing centre of choice. We currently have a group from our Radford Boulevard site taking part in a a few bouldering sessions and so far everyone seems to be really enjoying it! As well as being great exercise and helping to introduce people to new activities, climbing is great for developing confidence, co-ordination and problem solving… Not to mention a great sense of achievement. None of which would be possible without the facilities and support of everyone at The Depot. Thanks guys!
We like to get our hands dirty from time to time, and messing around with bikes is a great way to do it! Bike Club is based at our Radford Boulevard site and is run by Dave and Jerry, two experienced, qualified and very keen cyclists, bike mechanics and tinkerers of all things mechanical. Clients that have an interest in such things learn the basics of bicycle maintenance, they also learn useful skills such as problem solving, working safely, and team-work.
Donated bikes are refurbished and sold at bargain prices and we also offer a bicycle servicing and repair. All work is carried out to a high standard and really importantly, we enjoy doing it! If your bike needs some TLC, just get in touch!
Just before Christmas we had the wonderful opportunity to see the interactive exhibition Abstract playground by artist Will Hurt. The exhibition was at LEVEL near Matlock and gave us the chance to experience, engage with and best of all play with digital artworks. Well worth checking out if you get the chance!
Christmas crafting is in full swing at our (work)shop Spacecraft… With the help of some excellent tuition from printmaking staff at West Notts College we’ve designed and produced some rather excellent linocut Christmas cards. they proved to be really popular on our stall at a recent craft fayre and were going like hot cakes! If you’re local (or even if you’re not!) why not pop in to Spacecraft and pick some up? Your family and friends will love you for it, and you may even see some other handmade crafts that will make perfect presents..!
We’ve held off for as long as possible, but we can’t contain ourselves any longer… Christmas really is coming! As you can see from the photos, the festive fun is in full swing at our Mansfield Woodhouse site as we start to deck the halls, trim the tree and turn Grove Street into our very own grotto. Seasonal shenanigans will continue for some time, especially as we are open for the Christmas period this year, so check back for more festive frolics whilst you warm your toes by the fire!
We are lucky to have a good relationship with the team at the New Art Exchange and for and we’ve
taken part in a couple of their Body As Canvas Workshops previously. The workshops are seasonal creative sessions for adults with learning and physical disabilities. Sessions are led by collaborators, experienced artists and support workers from LEVEL, a Matlock based arts space.
This workshop was based on the NAE’s current main gallery exhibition, Africa State of Mind, a group show featuring the works of African Photographers. The exhibition explores themes of identity and place, with images focusing on the urban environment in African countries and how a new generation of Africans are expressing themselves.
We do some great creative projects here at Space, and a recent one that caught our eye has been happening at our Pelham Road site. Using the style of artist Julian Opie as inspiration,
our folks have been creating their own portraits using Opie’s characteristic thick black outlines and solid colours. Space clients have been recognising the simplified facial features and characteristics and producing some fantastic work.
Autumn is always a super time to take a walk, the changing colour of the leaves, the cold crisp weather, woolly jumpers and a nice hot drink at the end… Our folks in Mansfield Woodhouse are in a perfect spot too, with some lovely countryside and forest walks right on their doorstep. A recent five mile (good work guys!) stroll around Sherwood Forest (stopping by to see the Major Oak of course) included a chance sighting of some very handsome fly agaric mushrooms. As they are toxic hands were kept firmly in pockets, and unfortunately there were no sightings of pixies on this occasion… Maybe next time..!
Our good friends at West Notts College are kindly delivering some excellent art sessions for some of the folks at our sites in Nottingham. As you can see, some rather fetching tote bags have been produced using linoprint techniques. Some very bold ceramic heads were made in a pinch pot style during pottery sessions too. Everyone had a great time over the six week courses and we can’t thank the team from Adult Learning at West Notts enough!