1525 People vs. Power: Reimagining Our Local Power Station

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Come and be part of the conversation about what could happen to the cooling towers which make up one of the last remaining coal-fired power stations (still active) in the UK! Join Architectural Designer William Harvey and artist Ryan Boultbee, two creatives obsessed with the built environment, to discuss the uncertain future of Ratcliffe-on-Soar (R-o-S) power station.

What is going on? It’s 2030, A plume of dust and debris clouds the Nottingham skyline as Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station’s last cooling tower crumples like an over-dipped biscuit.... FLASHBACK to 2022, it’s our workshop: you are invited to creatively challenge the proposals for the future of Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station - before it’s too late. We are inviting you to become an urban designer, proposing a potential new use for the site by visualising your idea, you will hold in your hands the potential to save the cooling towers from future demolition. Join us for this workshop to re-imagine one of Ratcliffe-on-soar 118m cooling towers, potentially reshaping the Nottingham’s Skyline.

Why should you care? Power Stations are one of the archetypal causes of climate change, yet they are a structure that also evidences a unique era of our coal consuming civilisation – but, sites in Nottingham, like Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station, are at risk of being erased from our landscapes, memories and thus our history. What will future generations remember about the most pollutive generation in history? How will they connect with the titans of pollution and their cultural consequences?

Please bring yourself and your creativity to this workshop delivered for 15-25 year olds.

About the event

Free for 15-25 year olds.

Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

We are unable to provide British Sign Language interpretation for this event.

The duration of the event is one hour and a half. A rest break is included. Seating is available.


Find information about getting here and our building access and facilities here.

This event will take place in The Studio and is wheelchair accessible.

There are no audio descriptions for this event.

If you have any questions around access or have specific access requirements we can accommodate, please get in touch with us by emailing info@nottinghamcontemporary.org or phoning 01159489750.

Safety during your visit

Due to COVID precautions, please do not attend this event if you/someone in your household is currently COVID-19 positive, has suspected symptoms, or is awaiting test results.

Please observe social distancing.

Staff will be wearing face masks; all visitors are encouraged to wear a face mask in all areas (unless medically exempt).

You can find more details about how we're keeping everyone safe here.

Future of Futures is an immersive year-long research, engagement and artistic project led by young people. Borrowing from sci-fi as well as role play and scenario planning techniques, our project will be set’ in a future version of Nottingham at the end of the 21st century, to collectively reimagine the role of culture and our gallery.

This project is supported by The Weston Culture Fund and The Foyle Foundation.

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