1525 DIY: How to host spaces

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Delve into the intricacies of designing and hosting spaces with a consideration of the unique needs and wants of your community or audience. This session will be largely fuelled by our conversations, focusing on our shared knowledge and experiences through which we’ll explore:

- the experience you want to provide for those joining

- creating a space where everyone feels able to speak and collaborate

- choosing exercises to engage different ways of thinking

- ways of bringing energy or focus into a group

- your ideal + less ideal attendee and how to pivot your approach

- how to ensure your space has positive long term impact

Lastly, we’ll discuss on how to do all this while communicating your own needs and values as an organiser. You don’t need to have a clear event idea to join - you can simply use this space for brainstorming, exploration or inspiration. Throughout our conversation we’ll be connecting our ideas on paper, resulting in a big collaborative paper map which we’ll build on throughout this 1525 DIY series.


Free for all. This event is aimed at 15-25 year olds. Booking is required.


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

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 0115 948 9750

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.

Staff and visitors are welcome to wear a face covering in all areas.

Sonia Tyrna (she/her) is a queer and Polish ceramic artist, Co-Founder of a social enterprise Collaborative Future providing space and support for people to find value and be valued in their work and of Zesty’s Collective, a Nottingham queer collective. Through her ceramic practice, she has hosted skill swaps with other makers and has ran workshops for young people sharing her love for clay. At Collaborative Future, she frequently plans and and facilitates various one-off workshops, entire programmes of events and spaces for peer learning for unemployed and underemployed young people, as well as for our local Nottingham freelance community. Working with her team she has experience co-facilitating training for organisations on collaboration and communication in the workplace too. With Zesty’s Collective, she regularly plans and hosts various creative workshops and crafternoons for the Nottingham LGBTQIA+ and questioning community.

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