Nottingham from the Air

Due to its enormous popularity Nottingham City Council is extending the stunning outdoor exhibition of aerial photographs on Station Street until 18 June.

The photos – including images of Nottingham Castle, Goose Fair, the Old Market Square and Nottingham Forest’s City Ground – will form part of the acclaimed Britain from the Air exhibition of more than 100 contemporary views. It gives a unique perspective of some of the UK’s most breathtaking and thought-provoking landscapes and landmarks while telling the fascinating story of Britain’s geography and history.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Nottingham City Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “Newly-pedestrianised Station Street is quickly building a reputation for public art, with the innovative Line of Light poetry installation and now this fabulous street exhibition.

“We have had some amazing feedback from visitors about the exhibition which is why we grabbed the opportunity to keep hold of it for a little longer.”

Britain from the Air has been created by the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) and street gallery pioneers Wecommunic8 as a key part of the Society’s drive to engage the public with the geography of the UK. This is the first time the exhibition will have been seen in Nottinghamshire.

Britain from the Air is supported by world travel clothing company Craghoppers, the Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust and Rolex. It is brought to Nottingham by Nottingham City Council.

Dr. Rita Gardner, Director of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), said:
“Britain from the Air provides a fantastic opportunity to see Britain’s natural and human landscapes from a unique perspective and to explore the social, economic and environmental forces that shaped them.”

Chris Bridge, Wecommunic8 exhibition director, said: “Britain from the Air’s residency on Station Street will provide an opportunity for residents, tourists and commuters to come and visit the exhibition for free and return with friends, family and work colleagues over the holiday period and enjoy it many times before it closes on the 18 June.”

For further media enquiries, please contact Jane Barton at Nottingham City Council on 0115 8761222 or the RGS-IBG’s Communications and Media Officer, Scott Edwards, at s.edwards@rgs.org or 020 7591 3019.

Notes to editors:

1. A selection of images can be requested from Scott Edwards (details above). Further information at www.rgs.org/bfta

2. The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is the learned society and professional body for geography. Formed in 1830, the Society supports and promotes geographical research, education, fieldwork and expeditions for all, public engagement, informed policy making and professional accreditation of geographers. We also hold the world’s largest private geographical collection, accessible to the public. www.rgs.org

3. Wecommunic8 are the highly acclaimed pioneers of street galleries, working in city centres to combine powerful imagery with informative captions in order to communicate, educate and stimulate. Founded in 2002, Wecommunic8 created the now iconic ‘Earth from the Air’. Other exhibits include ‘Spirit of the Wild’, ‘Edge of the circle’, CARE International, the WWF ‘Arctic on the Edge’ in Copenhagen, ‘Tarnished Earth’ for WWF and Greenpeace, and the ‘UN Year of the Co-operatives’ national tour. Britain from the Air’s residency in Nottingham’s city centre follows Wecommunic8’s highly successful street galley linked to Nottingham’s World War One centenary commemoration ‘Trent to trenches’.

4. Craghoppers started making clothing specifically designed for the outdoors back in 1965. A group of guys in West Yorkshire were planning to climb Everest and wanted gear to withstand the harshest of conditions, so they researched and designed fabrics that would protect them from the extreme cold. This was the birth of Craghoppers. Now based in Manchester, they have continued to develop fabrics and clothing designed to protect their customers, wherever they travel and whatever the climate. Craghoppers is currently distributed in over 20 countries worldwide and sold direct to over 100. www.craghoppers.com

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