Nottingham Creative Fringe, a DIY arts festival founded by Kirsty Fox and Laura Marano, came to Nottingham once again and with a greater force. A variety of events spread across the whole weekend were focusing on the independent art venues in Sneinton and Hockley, including City Arts, Sneinton Market, Backlit, Surface Gallery and many more.
A bookbinding and experimental drawing workshop hosted by Chiara Dellerba and Maria Rosaria Digregorio was definitely a highlight of Surface's contribution for NCF. Hosted on 28th of March, the closing day of Chiara's exhibition What We Do Know And What We Do Believe, the workshop attracted an impressive amount of people of different ages. A variety of papers, threads and rulers were flying about as everyone tried to unwind the mystery of Japanese binding. Experimental drawing, attracted rather younger people, experienced in painting with their hands. By the end of the long day, an impressive amount of books and artworks were made and proudly shown to us by the producers. Later in the evening, everyone had a chance to enjoy the Rythym Speak performance by Untold Rythym.
Attendance at Surface was very impressive throughout the festival, whether to join the workshop or see the current exhibitions of Chiara's and Peter Day's work. Nottingham Creative Fringe once again proved to be nothing else but success in involving the local community. We are looking forward to collaborating again next year!
Written by Kasia Kotlarska. Photographs taken by Kamila Gawłowska