A major new board with the aim of rejuvenating Nottingham after the coronavirus crisis has launched today in order to deliver a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to re-vision the future of Nottingham.
The Nottingham Board for Culture and Creativity will aim to harness the power of culture, creativity, the arts, music and sport on a decade long mission to revitalise Nottingham and the creative sector which has been significantly impacted by the hugely damaging coronavirus pandemic. It will deliver this through a body of work known as The Nottingham Project.
The Nottingham Project has secured the strategic support of Nottingham City Council, Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham and Arts Council England, which will allow the project to deliver its core objectives for year one.
Nottingham BID has provided substantial financial support which will allow The Nottingham Project to achieve its short term objectives. The two organisations will work closely in partnership together moving forwards to deliver this critical work for the city over the next decade.
Both of Nottingham’s universities will provide the project with crucial support, following the launch of their flagship ‘Universities for Nottingham’ initiative in January, which emphasises the importance of creativity, culture and local heritage in helping make both Nottingham and Nottinghamshire an outstanding and prosperous place to live, work, study, invest and start a business.
In its first major move, The Nottingham Project has asked Heatherwick Studio, founded by the designer Thomas Heatherwick, to help the city develop a new creative vision and masterplan for Nottingham.
This piece of work will be carried out over the summer, through careful consultation with key creative stakeholders and the wider Nottingham public, with the aim of building a vision for Nottingham that places it in the world’s most creative cities over the coming decade.
The newly formed Board will be chaired by Greg Nugent. Born and raised in Nottingham, Greg has gone on to work on major national and international projects including most notably as a Director of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee, during which time he was responsible for overseeing the Cultural Olympiad.
The Nottingham Project will unite major organisations with some of Nottingham’s greatest creators – the likes of which has never been seen before in the city. Joining as Vice Chair will be BAFTA Award winner Vicky McClure who has long been a leading champion of the creative industry in her home city.
Amongst those also joining the Board will be internationally renowned film and TV director Shane Meadows, local entrepreneur Nathaniel Wilson who has been the driving force behind the hugely successful Nottingham Street Food Club, Sara Blair-Manning, Chief Executive of the Nottingham Castle Trust and Sandeep Mahal, Director of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. Representing the world of sport will be double Paralympic Games gold medallist Richard Whitehead.
During the remainder of 2020, the Board will oversee the management and implementation of a number of pieces of activity under the leadership of Lee Walker. Lee joins as Director of the Nottingham Board for Culture and Creativity and brings with him a decade of experience in place shaping work locally and nationally.
“The creative talent we have in Nottingham is remarkable. What we as a city need to do is harness that talent and potential in order to build something exceptional that creates opportunities within the city as well as putting Nottingham on a global level,” said Greg Nugent, Chair of the Nottingham Board for Culture and Creativity.
“That’s why I am proud to have been asked to Chair this new body that we are calling The Nottingham Project – a project for the city and something everyone who lives in Nottingham should feel a part of.”
Vicky McClure, Vice Chair of the Nottingham Board for Culture and Creativity said: “What our city needs is not only a way to rejuvenate itself post Covid-19 but a plan to come back stronger than ever before, which is why I’m delighted and honoured to join The Nottingham Project as Vice Chair.
“I have long been a champion of culture and creativity in our city. I believe we have a unique and inspiring heritage as well as an exciting future, with so much incredible young talent coming through. This is the moment where we can begin to showcase to the world just how amazing Nottingham is.”