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The Crafting Anatomies project places the human body at the centre of a multi-disciplinary dialogue; exploring how this entity has been interpreted, crafted and re-imagined in historical, contemporary and future contexts.

This one-day symposium will explore the curious practices of a selection of Crafting Anatomies’ exhibitors, highlighting a preoccupation with the human condition in a breadth of exploratory contexts.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to visit the Crafting Anatomies exhibition in conjunction with this event and see ocularist and Crafting Anatomies exhibitor, John Pacey-Lowrie, as he demonstrates his craft of creating prosthetic eyes.

© Marloes ten Bhömer Courtesy Stanley Picker Gallery

A richly diverse collection of the futuristic and the retrospective: Knitting Nottingham challenged popular perceptions of knitting as cosy and nostalgic; showcasing creative design, art, technology and research across a wide range of knit-inspired work from internationally renowned designers, artists and researchers.

As part of Nottingham Trent University’s 170 Years of Art and Design event series, it celebrated the transformational role played by Nottingham in the growth of the knitting industry and knit technology, and provoked a serious question: how far can we stretch our ideas about knitting?

The message was don’t get comfortable;  contrary to what we might think, the relationship between knitting and pushing the boundaries of technology is extremely close.

Stunning garments, 3D prints, performance footwear, knitted conductive textile technology, priceless historical artefacts, a tea set made from electro-plated knit, and working state-of-the-art knitting machinery were just some of the exhibits on show which demonstrated the innovative and challenging nature of knit today.

View a selection of images from the Knitting Nottingham exhibition by visiting the 170 years website.


As part of Nottingham Trent University’s celebration of 170 Years of Art and Design heritage, we supported  BBC Radio Nottingham’s Big Poppy Knit in support of the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal.

A commemorative poppy specially designed by Sir Paul Smith was on show during the exhibition.

Exhibition Handout

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As part of Nottingham Trent University’s 170th Anniversary of Art and Design, this exhibition showcased a collection of images by acclaimed architectural photographer, Martine Hamilton Knight D.Litt (hon).

The exhibition looked back over the last 20 years in recognition of the innovative and iconic buildings that make up Nottingham’s skyline.

Featuring the work of Hopkins Architects, this exhibition included the stunning Inland Revenue building, Nottingham Trent University’s Newton and Arkwright building and the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus, as well as other Nottingham Trent University buildings.

Newton Building
Goldsmith Street

An exhibition of over 100 selected works from Nottingham Trent University alumni, held across the University’s City site. The work detailed the impact that our alumni have had internationally on the visual arts and creative industries.

Just a few of the alumni who were involved with the exhibition:

Urban artist Jon Burgerman, Turner prize winner Simon Starling, Artist duo Tim Noble and Sue WebsterPhotographer Andy Earl, Film director Jonathan Glazer, Knitwear designer Motohiro Tanji, Actor and comedian Paul Kaye, Sculptor Wolfgang Buttress, Landscape designer Sarah Price, Paper cut artist Rob Ryan, Visual artist Lucy OrtaFurniture designer Alexander Taylor

Plus many more; some of the exhibits on show were newly commissioned work special for the NTU Alumni Show.

For more details about In The Making and all events and activities surrounding Since 1843, please visit the Since 1843 webpage.

Audio Guide

Click here to download the exhibition audio guide.

Exhibition Catalogue

A catalogue featuring the profiles of all the exhibitors is available to buy online, or directly from the Bonington Art shop.