Illuminate, Nottingham Museum’s young arts collective, presents ‘Invent and Build’, a range of family friendly activities inspired by the Richard Slee and John Plowman exhibitions on Sunday 22 March in the Long Gallery at Nottingham Castle from 11am-3pm.

The activities draw inspiration from Plowman’s repetitive design drawings and Slee’s playful object abstraction. Visitors can take part in creating a large pattern-based picture, transform photos of Nottingham’s most iconic landmarks and create everyday objects out of scrap materials. Visitors are invited to express their own creativity, experimenting with the fun materials provided by Illuminate.

Illuminate is a group of 15-24 year olds who work with Nottingham City Museums and Galleries on creative projects that link to their collections and exhibition programme. The group have spent the last eight weeks planning ‘Invent and Build’, designing marketing materials and experimenting with ideas for the day.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: “We are very proud of the success of our Illuminate project which gives young people excellent experience and life skills in working as a team on developing creative ideas, activities and projects with support from the Nottingham Museum & Art Gallery staff.”

Illuminate member Hannah Satchwell, who has been busy planning and trying out the activity ideas with the group, said: “I’m looking forward to seeing the big collective line drawing develop and the washing line covered in visitors’ masterpieces.”

Fellow member Mary Strickson added: “It’s great to have complete freedom and creative control as well as working in a team.”


For further information:


Sian Hoyle, Communications and Marketing Officer,, 0115 8763351

Rosny Hayward, Community Programmes Officer,

0115 876 2248, Communities Courtyard, Wollaton Park, Wollaton Road, Nottingham, NG8 2AD


Notes to Editors 

Nottingham Castle Museum and Galleries
Nottingham Castle offers visitors an opportunity to see the best regional, national and international art in the regularly changing exhibition galleries. Plus the permanent exhibitions showcase costume and textiles, silverware, glass and jewellery all year round.

Admission fees

  • Adults –£5.50
  • Concessions (under 16s, over 60s and UK students) –£4
  • Under 5s –Free
  • Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) –£15
  • Groups –1 free ticket for every 10 purchased
  • City residents with a valid Citycard can gain entry on weekdays for just£1 (excluding Bank Holidays).  These £1 tickets are valid on the day of purchase only
  • Carers accompanying disabled visitors will remainfree of charge

This includes entry into the Nottingham Castle Museum, Art Gallery and grounds.

For group information or bookings please contact Nottingham Castle on 0115 876 1400 or email:

The Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard is open for general admission every weekend and Bank Holiday 12pm – 4pm. A joint admission ticket for Nottingham Castle and The Museum of Nottingham Life is available at weekends, this covers both museums for the admission prices above.  For further information visit The Museum of Nottingham Life page.

Castle Opening Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm [last admission 3.00pm]