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Celebrating Catterntide | Nottingham's Lacemaking Past

Backlit Gallery & Nottingham Trent University, Lace Archive, Dryden Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 4GG
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Celebrating Catterntide


Saturday 23 November 2019 | 11am - 4pm
Nottingham Trent University and Backlit Gallery
FREE ENTRY, open to all

Celebrating Catterntide is a one day festival that commemorates the long forgotten 'Catterntide Day', an annual celebration of St Catherine, the patron saint of lace and textile makers. UK Young Artists, Nottingham Trent University's (NTU) Lace Archive and Backlit Gallery (itself a former textile factory) host a range of family-friendly activities to ignite and inspire people on this important archive and Nottingham's social history.

Enjoy some traditional 'Cattern cake', and take part in up to ten different activities, all inspired by lace and the historical Catterntide celebrations. At NTU's Bonington Building, learn about the history of lace as an industry and art form through talks, workshops, storytelling and tours of NTU's renowned Lace Archive, featuring over 75,000 pieces of lace. At Backlit Gallery, understand the creative process of lace making and explore new contemporary techniques and applications of lace through workshops and installations. From jewellery making to a piano made of lace; creating lace from extruded plastics to composing an intricate lace carpet from icing sugar, there's something for the whole family.

All activities are free and you can drop in whenever you like, except the NTU Lace Archive Tours and talk which are free but require booking due to the small number of people able to access and enjoy the archive.

For the full schedule of activities visit Celebrating Catterntide is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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