Lakeside Arts
Part of University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts

Nottingham New Threatre students performing in Lakeside's Djanogly Theatre

Further Opportunities

In addition to casual paid volunteering and traineeship opportunities, each year Lakeside offers students stimulating, nurturing and creative experiences through degree modules or as extra-curricular opportunities.


Masterclasses with musicians visiting the University to perform in the Lakeside professional concert series are open to all University students to participate in as performers or observers. The masterclasses are advertised on the Lakeside noticeboard in the Music Department. These masterclasses are supported by private donations for which the University is most grateful.


Since 2013, Lakeside has worked in partnership with Nottingham New Theatre (TNNT), the University of Nottingham’s student run theatre and the only student run theatre in England, to deliver a professional development project which they engage with full-time over three weeks of their Easter vacation.

This project provides the opportunity for student to work with a professional theatre director and learn what it’s like to be part of a professional theatre company. The students have support from and work alongside a fully professional creative team, with lighting and sound designers; in addition they have a set designed by two final year Theatre Design students from Nottingham Trent University, who are mentored by a professional theatre designer and their course Leader at NTU.

Past productions have included Lysistrata, Dr Faustus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Blue Stockings and Dennis Kelly’s DNA. In Spring 2020, we will present Macbeth, directed by former Television Workshop director Ian Smith.


Crop Up Gallery is the University of Nottingham’s student run curatorial group. Founded in 2012, Crop Up stems from a need to create engaging work experience for young creatives – allowing them to discover their direction in the professional art world.

Each year, Lakeside supports Crop Up Gallery to present an exhibition in our Wallner Gallery, providing students with valuable experience in exhibition curation and installation, and arts marketing.


The tried and tested New Theatre professional development model was further explored in early 2019 when Lakeside produced its first opera Losing Her Voice. Composed by Elizabeth Kelly, Assistant Professor of Composition in the University’s Music Department, the production of this new opera required involvement from professional Music and Artistic Directors, Technical Team, academics who devised the interactive digital technology integral to the opera’s design concept, professional opera singers and instrumentalists. Undergraduate and Masters’ students in the Music Department auditioned for the opportunity to perform in the opera and participated in its development through a specially created module ‘From Page to Stage: Bringing Opera to Life’. This gave students an extraordinary insight into the development of a new opera production as well as the unique opportunity to perform in a public premiere and to receive academic credits towards their degree.


Work placement opportunities are available to students undertaking a Music degree. Recent placements have included working alongside Lakeside’s Technical team and creating a crowdfunding campaign to support a dementia choir.


Nottingham Lakeside Arts works closely with many student societies at the University of Nottingham including Audience Society, Fine Art Society, Classics Society and the two music societies, MusSoc and BlowSoc. Details of how to join are available on the Students' Union website

The Djanogly Gallery welcomes requests from student societies for guided tours of its exhibitions. Talks by curators and artists might be integrated into evening reception events. For enquiries please contact Tracey Isgar, Visual Arts Manager on 0115 951 3189 or