Young People & 1525 Collective

Nottingham Contemporary's programme for 15–25 year olds is for anyone wanting to be creative, gain experiences, take part in social events or get your voice heard about the things that matter.

Get in touch with Wingshan, our Young People's Programmer on 0115 948 9750 or email wingshan@nottinghamcontemporary.org

1525 Collective

1525 Collective (formerly known as Collabor8) is a group of young people that meet up regularly at Nottingham Contemporary. They shape and help run programmes of events, courses and projects, developing useful skills along the way. Their ambition is to connect with people across the city, develop new and exciting ways of working together, and to take on the issues that matter to young people.

We want to hear from you. As part of the group you can develop your own creative practice and knowledge of the arts sector, and build your collaborative and leadership skills and experiences.

"If I hadn't come to 1525 Collective, I wouldn't have known about 'Queer Noise Club," and because of that I now know all of you so I'm forming connections [...] community for any marginalised group is a necessity." – 1525 Collective member

"I joined 1525 Collective after losing my job. I wasn't feeling good about my last job as it didn't make me happy. [...] Joining the collective made me happier as I needed more friends and do more of what I love, art. 1525 Collective is great exposure to people and culture. It helps enlighten one towards new people, new ideas, and new mind-sets. I have improved my skills, feel better in moods and made great relationships." – 1525 Collective member

“I am alumni of Nottingham Contemporary’s youth programme. At a time that I was going off the rails as a teenager, I credit this programme for keeping me in education, giving me the space to be creative, explore social issues, and grow the voice I needed to use my feeling of anger and disenfranchisement to make a difference.” – Nadia Whittome MP

“It allowed me to acquire skills I thought previously I was incapable of and has truly prepared me for the future, knowing I am capable of making a change.” – 1525 Collective member

Partnerships and projects

Are you part of a local group for young people or a local collective? We'd love to from you. We want to form partnerships and work together over time to create workshops, projects, events and exhibitions to share and develop skills and practice together.

Over the years we’ve built relationships with many local youth and community groups, arts organisations, schools, colleges and universities. People we’ve also worked with include:

Base 51, National Citizenship Service, Catch 22, New College Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, Communities Inc., Dream, Hyson Green Cultural Festival, Chat ‘Bout, Carers Federation, Nottingham Young Creative Awards, Dizzy Ink, Surface Gallery and more.

Nottingham Contemporary’s Youth Programme is funded by the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Thomas Farr Charity.

Find out more about our work with young people over the years in our archive.