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BACKLIT
Alfred House, Ashley St, Nottingham,
NG3 1JG

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Soft Estate is a term to describe the natural habitats that line roads. These edgelands offer a refuge for wildlife and a modern form of wilderness in the midst of intense urbanisation.

Formed by artists George Chinnery, Colette Griffin, and Wingshan Smith; Soft Estate will work towards building a sanctuary for collective experimentation and engagement. Whilst activated as a working studio for the collective to explore their own diverse and expanding practices, it also aims to function as a ‘living’ space fostering activity-made-viewable, seeking to demystify the process of art making and cultural production. Our desire is to cultivate a nurturing culture which endows artists and communities with creative resources, space, time, and mutual care.



George Chinnerys interdisciplinary practice skirts the peripheries of art, poetry, design and craft; a playful apparatus to explore the basic poetic urge of placing one thing next to another, in fertile proximity. A diverse practice is unified by a persistent atmosphere of humour and melancholy. Chinnery’s intuitive vocabulary is defined by its constant flirtation with obscurity, detail and a sensitivity to language and gesture.


Colette Griffin is an artist, curator and Creative Producer whose interests centre on exploring the architecture of our lives, the institutions, interactions, actions and expectations that continue to shape everyday experiences.
Colette is currently Creative Producer (Curation) at Mansions of the Future, a dynamic project, bringing together artists and communities to share culture in and of Lincoln.


Wingshan Smith is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and educator based in the UK. Her interests lie in negotiating cultural self-hood and spirituality in an increasingly surveilled world. Whilst much of her work is auto-biographical, she more generally seeks to interact with readily forgotten histories. Current research focuses on ways ancestral esoteric practises and folk rituals can reconfigure community identity in secular settings.
Wingshan is currently the Youth Programmer at Nottingham Contemporary. She works to establish ways for young people to work within the organisation as producers of cross-art-form cultural activity, resonating with their wider social and cultural experiences.





BACKLIT
Alfred House, Ashley St, Nottingham,
NG3 1JG

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Upcoming Events

Watch this space.

Past Events

Yoga + Ritual for the Flower Moon
Thursday, 7th May, 7pm

The May full moon is the last super moon of the year, the Full Flower Moon.
Join Wing + Rose on the Thursday of the full moon for a soulful, grounding flow and a magical meditative ritual.
The workshop will be a time to turn inwards in order to tap into the natural rhythms of nature, the cycle of the moon and the seasons.
No yoga experience is required, you don’t even need to have a mat or wear sports clothes. Wear something that you can move freely in, that you feel comfortable in and that makes you feel good.
For the workshop you will need to have a plant or a flower, and a pen and some paper.
The class will take place via Zoom.
This workshop is offered FREE, or by DONATION. To sign up email rose@roseinnesyoga.com or wingshansmith@gmail.com

https://www.roseinnesyoga.com/


Listen & Draw: Surrealist Magic with Leonora Carrington
Sunday, 15th Dec, 3-6pm




Free
All materials provided

"To look at a Leonora Carrington painting, or to read her prose, is to catch the rituals of the witching hour, when the rules of reality are upturned: Bodies transform into birds or beasts; ghostly figures float mid-air. As viewers, we are more than just witnesses to this magic—we become complicit in it." - Siobhan Leddy

A taster of what’s to come! We are thrilled to be supporting Rally Comedy in the run up to our collective launch event. Join us as we listen to the audiobook of short stories by Leonora Carrington, drink, dream, and draw together.




BACKLIT
Alfred House, Ashley St, Nottingham,
NG3 1JG

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Get Involved
Are you a local community group or fellow creative? Are you are looking for a space to meet, collaborate, and skill-share? Do you have ideas for an exhibition or workshop? Do you have any feedback for us?

We want to hear from you. 

Email us at softestatenottingham@gmail.com






BACKLIT
Alfred House, Ashley St, Nottingham,
NG3 1JG

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softestatenottingham@gmail.com
Access
Disabled parking
We have a limited number of disabled parking spaces available. These spaces give level access to the basement floor. From this level, every floor of the building is accessible by a lift. These parking spaces are in a private car park. If you are require access to a parking space, please call 0115 837 24 26 and someone will be able to assist you.

The ramp leading down to the basement car park is not ADA compliant, therefore this entrance may not be suitable for those without a vehicle.

BASEMENT Entrance
The closest entrance to Soft Estate, our basement entrance is wheelchair accessible and offers wide access. To gain access via this entrance, please call 0115 837 24 26 and request a member of staff who will be able to welcome and assist you.

BACKLIT  Entrance
BACKLIT’s main entrance is situated on the corner of Ashley Street and Alfred Street South. There are two steps leading up to the main entrance which has double doors offering wide access. If you are unable to climb stairs, you will need to access the building from the BASEMENT entrance. 

Access within the building
Once you are inside the building, each floor can be accessed by wide stairs or by a lift.

Toilets
All of our toilets are gender neutral. Unfortunately, none of our toilets have very wide access doors and therefore it is not currently possible to fit a wheelchair into any of our toilets.

Large Font
For our main exhibitions, a large font guide is available upon request.

Guide dogs are welcome.

To discuss any access requirements ahead of your visit please email info@backlit.org.uk or call 0115 837 24 26 and we’ll be more than happy to help.

*We are realise that there is more work to do to make our space as accessible as possible and we continue to look into solutions. If you would like to get involved in this process or have any advice to offer, please feel free to email us.






BACKLIT
Alfred House, Ashley St, Nottingham,
NG3 1JG

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