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For creatives

A city without a strong creative and cultural sector is a city without soul, vibrancy or voice. From DH Lawrence to Jake Bugg, London Grammar, Vicky McClure and Sheku Kanneh-Mason, creativity emanating from Nottingham has inspired and entertained millions of people across the world.

For creatives

See how university support helped Isobelle launch her career as an illustrator

Isobelle Farrar drawing and looking to camera
Isobelle Farrar drawing in a coffee shop with a coffee next to her

“Before I entered the Young Creatives competition I wasn’t very confident in my artwork and myself personally but since winning I’ve gained a lot of confidence creatively and discovered I am capable of a lot more than I think I can do. The university has been a big support as part of my prize was to complete a week long creative course at Nottingham Trent University which was an amazing experience.”

Isobelle Farrar, Nottingham Young Creative 2017

Explore the impact of the universities in more detail

The Universities supported 251,600 visits from local families, school children and members of the community to arts and culture facilities and programmes last year

We support the creative industries directly through cultural organisations like Nottingham Contemporary, the Creative Quarter Company, the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies and Nottingham Lakeside Arts

NTU’s The Big House offers around 5,000 hours of dedicated support to local creative businesses each year

Over 205,000 people attended an event at the University of Nottingham’s public arts programme at Lakeside in 2017/18

NTU academics are working closely with the team refurbishing Nottingham Castle, developing a virtual resource to track its development over time


volunteers from the University of Nottingham helped transform the archive room at the Theatre Royal, discovering lost stories, posters and photos and making them available online