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News: Stu­dents help design the new skate park oppo­site the City Hub

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We’re part­ner­ing with Skate Not­ting­ham to give learn­ers a say in design­ing a skate spot on Sus­sex Street, at the bot­tom of the Not­ting­ham Con­tem­po­rary steps — right on the doorstep of the Not­ting­ham Col­lege Hub building!

Over the next cou­ple of weeks, our stu­dents will be involved in teams meet­ings to dis­cuss the project, and have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to sub­mit their own designs for skate­able struc­tures to be included.

SES­SION ONE: Thurs­day 21st Jan­u­ary, 10:00 – 11:00am (Link for stu­dents avail­able on StudentNet)

Chris Law­ton (Co-Founder of Skate Not­ting­ham, skater and Senior Lec­tur­er of Eco­nom­ics and Employ­a­bil­i­ty at NTU) will intro­duce the project and share images of the Sus­sex Street devel­op­ment, show­ing where the sculp­tur­al forms could live when the site is near com­ple­tion (late sum­mer 2021).

Guest speak­er Rich Hol­land will talk about his career and prac­tice. Rich is a British-born artist and design­er who has worked with Nike SB, Carhartt and Con­verse and he is cur­rent­ly redesign­ing the Nike Euro­pean HQ in the Nether­lands to be sur­round­ed by skate­able sculp­tures. As some­one with a Fine Arts edu­ca­tion back­ground and a skater him­self, his skills and pas­sion have enabled him to work on var­i­ous projects from DIY art exhi­bi­tions in Lon­don, on to sculp­tur­al instal­la­tions in places like the Lon­don South­bank Cen­tre and all over the world, and then to a more for­mal com­mer­cial design career, build­ing and design­ing for events along­side gallery exhi­bi­tions all over Europe. These have notably includ­ed the Aal­to exhi­bi­tion at the Kias­ma Gallery of Mod­ern Art in Helsin­ki and the Van Gogh Muse­um (LINK: http://​flo​da31​.com/​r​i​c​h​h​o​l​l​a​n​d​/​e​x​h​i​b​i​t​ions/)

Learn­ers will then be set a task for the week: To draw (by hand or elec­tron­i­cal­ly), mod­el, make or write about their idea for a sculp­tur­al form and oth­er designs that could go into Sus­sex Street, inspired by Rich’s practice.

SES­SION TWO: Thurs­day 28th Jan­u­ary, 10:00 – 11:00am (Link for stu­dents avail­able on StudentNet)

In this ses­sion stu­dents will be invit­ed to share their screens and show­case their ideas devel­oped since last week’s session! 

Guest speak­er Bedir Bekar will then talk to learn­ers about the mate­ri­als that could be used to build their designs, their qual­i­ties and oth­er engi­neer­ing and archi­tec­tur­al con­sid­er­a­tions from safe­ty to the aes­thet­ic and func­tion­al poten­tial of the light­ing in the space. 

Bedir is a skater and Char­tered Engi­neer who teach­es at UCL and has done lots of cre­ative work with dif­fer­ent mate­ri­als, includ­ing design­ing forms for Street League and Innoskate at the Lon­don Olympic Park in 2019. He will also talk about his prac­tice and some of the recent projects he’s been involved in. 

The work pro­duced by learn­ers at the end of Ses­sion 2 goes into the mate­r­i­al exhib­it­ed at the Fes­ti­val of Sci­ence and Curios­i­ty over the 8th-17th Feb (online). Skate Not­ting­ham will also pub­lish a selec­tion of the images in a print­ed Zine which will include pho­tographs, par­tic­i­pants’ designs and a con­ver­sa­tion with’ Rich, Bedir and oth­er inter­na­tion­al experts.

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  • 19th January 2021 (12:00 AM)
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