Community organisations and artists from across Nottingham are coming together to reuse and recycle rubbish to make beautiful and bright art installations for Light Night.
The Light Night Community Recycled Competition takes place on Friday 6 February in Nottingham City Centre from 6pm until late. The competition will run during the Light Night celebrations which will include over 40 free arts and cultural activities to appeal to the whole family.
Each organisation will display their art installation on the street using recycled materials. Throughout the evening, visitors to Light Night will be able to vote for their favourite installation.  The winner will be awarded £2,000 for their community or organisation if they get the most votes.  The winner will be announced next week.

The public can vote by using a plastic bottle top, kindly donated by the Rushcliffe Play Forum. Each installation will have its own voting tube in Old Market Square and tokens can be collected from the Love Food Hate Waste Soup Kitchen located by The Wheel of Nottingham in Old Market Square.

Cllr Nicola Heaton, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at Nottingham City Council, said: “Nottingham has recently been awarded the accolade of being the Cleanest City in Britain. We really want to continue this great work and work with communities and organisations across the city to help reduce waste and help keep the city clean. These installations are a great example of what people can make from things that would have otherwise been thrown away.”
The organisations taking part in the competition include:

Scrap Head Band by St. Andrew’s with Castle Gate Junior Church
An inter-active musical experience using a wide range of recycled materials collected by the children of the junior church. The group will be creating a range of instruments for people to play as they pass by.  This installation will be outside St. Andrews Church, Goldsmiths Street.

Light from the Gardens by the Windmill Community Gardens
An installation of pierced tin lanterns and Chinese lanterns made from soft drinks cans. The lanterns will be lit by night-light candles.  This installation will be outside St. Peters Church on St. Peters Gate near to Marks and Spencer’s.

ICEcycle by Playworks
A multi sensory sculpture which will use materials from the Playworks scrapstore to provide a fun and interactive environment.  The ICEcycle will be a full participatory zone where the public will be invited to contribute to the structure by weaving or attaching materials to complete the sculpture over the course of the evening.  This will be fully accessible, engage all ages and most importantly, it will be playful.   This installation will be on High Street near to Zara’s.

RECYCLED milk bottle Den by Base 51
A dome structured Den big enough to fit up to two people inside at a time. This will be constructed from used two litre plastic milk bottles connected with eco-friendly glue. The milk bottles will be donated from people from the local community and also from big commercial coffee shops. This installation will be at NGMYSPACE.

All that Glitters is not Green’ by ‘Articulture’ (Greening the Creative Quarter)
A botanically inspired installation around a magical figure with elegant voluminous dress and remarkable wings made from recycled materials, sourced locally and donated by Creative Quarter businesses. The figure will be placed in the window of No.8 of with an ‘overspill’ of the figure’s garments, apparently coming through the window and out onto the street below, being installed for the duration of the event. This installation will be at No. 8 Goose Gate in Hockley.

Nottingham Council House Clock Tower Light by the Meadows Youth Centre
Member of the Youth Centre will be making the Council House Clock Tower using an old table, paper mache, glow sticks, LED lights, torch, an football trophy, cans, and other recycled materials. This installation will be at Friar Lane on the junction with Maid Marion Way.

Bike Laboratory by Nottingham Bike Works
A convoy of Crazy Bicycles each personalised using lights costume and interactive arts.
The Bike Lab will be a parade that will have a number of locations where it will stop and perform various interactive bike related performances. The convoy will start at Sneinton Market and continue to Hockley, Victoria Centre, Trinity Square, Market Square and The Castle.

Light – Design – Art Interiors
The Nottingham Workshop will be using various found materials (metal paper wood plastic etc) to make lamps and lamp shades that can be used in an interior environment.
The items will be on display at the Dezigne shop in Hockley 27 Goosegate Hockley.

As well as enjoying the Recycled Art Installations, visitors to Light Night can also warm up with a cup of soup from the Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) soup kitchen sited in the Old Market Square at the base of the “Big Wheel.” The kitchen will be offering free vegetable soup made from surplus food which would have otherwise gone to waste.

Volunteers will also be engaging with visitors to highlight the issues and the impacts of food waste and pass out handy tips on how to reduce the food we waste at home. The Energy “EASY” Team will also be out trying to help citizens’ save money by advising on how best to reduce their domestic energy bills.

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