Build a Better Primary

by Primary in Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

£17,447

raised so far

+ est. £3265.75 Gift Aid

316

supporters

Help us transform our building into a warm, welcoming, and sustainable place for Nottingham’s creative community - and beyond!

by Primary in Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 28th April 2021 we'd raised £17,292 with 308 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

New stretch target

If we make our first goal, our stretch target is all about our garden project!

Over the past couple of years we've transformed part of the old school playground into an urban garden, with the help of our residents and volunteers in our local community. We now have a flourishing dye garden and a number of edible plants, which we use to run free gardening sessions. 

We've got lots of ideas to expand our garden project and make the most of our outdoor space. If we raise some extra money, we can dream much bigger, creating a beautiful outdoor space with a covered shelter for COVID-safe outdoor gatherings.


Expand and read our project overview then click here to see photos of the amazing rewards!


What is Primary?


Primary is an artist-led contemporary visual arts organisation, based at the old Douglas Road Primary School in Radford, Nottingham. We run a free public programme of events and exhibitions, and we provide studio spaces to over 50 resident artists.

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We’re also home to some amazing independent galleries, workshops, and small businesses, including NeighbourFood, Four/Four, TG, Trade, Beam Editions, Clay Studio Nottingham, Weave Studio Nottingham, Lane, and the award-winning Small Food Bakery. 

Why are we fundraising?


In Spring 2020, as the UK went into lockdown, we made a brave decision to secure Primary’s future: we bought our Grade II listed building from Nottingham City Council. This means we can focus on making Primary a long-term hub for artists, creatives, and our local community. We’ve already secured a grant from Arts Council England to cover the purchase of our building and get us started on a transformational refurbishment and capital development project.

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But now we need your help. The pandemic has made it a huge challenge to fundraise for projects like ours – but it’s also highlighted how important it is to make sure there are permanent, independent spaces dedicated to the future of art and creativity. We know that we've been lucky to survive so far, especially in such tough circumstances. 

With your support, we can make the future of Primary warmer, brighter, and greener – more accessible, more welcoming, and more sustainable – so we can continue to benefit even more artists, visitors, and members of our local community for many years to come.

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What will we do with the money? 


1. We’ll make Primary more accessible

Our old Victorian building is currently very inaccessible to anyone with restricted mobility – even our ground floor is split over two levels! We want to ensure easy level access for all visitors by reconfiguring our entrance and installing a step lift.  

We also need to upgrade our child-sized toilets by installing separate cubicles, including one which is fully accessible.

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2. We’ll make Primary more welcoming

We have a bit of a visibility problem at Primary – it’s easy to walk past us without even knowing we’re there! We want to transform this old school building into a proper public resource that feels welcoming to everyone. We'll install bigger and better signs on the outside of our building, refurbish our entrance and reception area, and make it much easier to find your way around inside.

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Growing and cooking food is an important part of our programme, so we also need to upgrade our kitchen to make it a usable space for workshops and events, as well as making it a better resource for our community of resident artists.  

We’re also going to refurbish our exhibition spaces, improving the acoustics and lighting and installing plenty of comfy seats!

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3. We’ll make Primary more sustainable

We've already replaced our old, unreliable boiler, but we're still having problems with our (increasingly leaky) Victorian pipes, so we need to replace the distribution system to make it more reliable and energy efficient. We'll repair our windows, doors, and roofs to make our building more airtight, less draughty, and better insulated. We're also replacing all of our old fluorescent bulbs with LED lighting.

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That sounds like a lot to do...

Yes, we know! And some of the work is already underway thanks to our grant from Arts Council England and support from Nottingham City Council. But we can't do it all without your help. Every penny we raise during this crowdfunder will help us to do more, to work to higher specifications, and to think more ambitiously!

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Amazing Rewards

Primary residents have created and donated rewards to our growing list, including original artworks, handcrafted objects and bespoke experiences. All rewards are listed to the right. Below are some photos of just a handful or what is available to claim in return for your donation.

Click here to see more photos of the amazing rewards donated and created by our resident artists!

£60: Amrick at Fourways Photographic Print by Jagdish Patel (left)
£80: Introduction to Photography with Jagdish Patel (right)

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£100: In-depth espresso & latte masterclass with Bradley (left)
£20: Art walk with Chris Lewis-Jones (right)
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£15: Make Primary Create Again Badge (left)
£10: Holly Rozier's postcards of Susan (right)
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£130: Waves by Louisa Chambers (left)
£100: Edwin Burdis Screen Print (right)
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£150: Inlaid stoneware wall-piece by Nastassja Simensky (left)
£40: Parker Ito limited edition publication (right)

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£50: Help Primary coast(er) to success! 

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£75: How to design and publish a book &
£100: Art books from Beam Editions


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£150: Rioter (LB's Insomnia) by Craig Fisher (left)
£950: NORDLYS by Line Nilsen (right) 

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£70: Circle Necklace by Fiona Harris Jewellery (left)
£40: Limited editions by Rebecca Lee (right)

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£85: Bird Head by Debra Swann (left) 
£50: Ash Alldread's aluminium print (right) 

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£130: Silk screen print: 2LC SymM Lamp Black SP17 (left, below)
£130: Silk screen print: 1LC SymM+R GV1 Blu SP17 (right, below)

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Silk screen print: 1LC SymM+R Blk Blu SP17 (left, below)
Silk screen print: 2LC SymM+R Blk Blu SP17 (right, below)

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£40: Alfred House 2 by Jo Wheeler (left)
£40: Alfred House 4 by Jo Wheeler (right)

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£65: The Meadow Behind Bars (Group Shelter) I June by Alison Lloyd (left)
£20: Walk with Alison Lloyd (right)

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£80: Ethics of Contemporary Art by Theo Reeves-Evison
£90: Exotica Suite Book/CD + The Sorceress artwork

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Thank you so much for your support

We know this is a really difficult time for a lot of people, especially those who work in the arts. Please do not feel any pressure to donate if you're already struggling. If you'd like to help but can't do so financially, please share this page as far and wide as you possibly can!

Rewards

This project offered rewards

£50 or more

Help Primary coast(er) to success

Get your hands on a limited edition pack of 5 coasters, designed by our resident artists and made on-site in our Clay Studio. Perfect to impress your friends in a post-pandemic world, or to simply treat yourself to a larger selection of drinks. Designs by Bruce Asbestos, Beth Kettel, Reactor, Louisa Chambers, and Michael Forbes.

£10 or more

Holly Rozier's postcards of Susan

A pack of 5 signed postcards, with images of Holly Rozier's 2016 installation piece, 'Susan', which was part of Holly's solo exhibition 'Unheimlich' at Corridor Gallery Brighton.

£10 or more

'Spinning with spiders' a talk by Eleanor Morgan

'Spinning with spiders: a history of the human uses of spider silk'. Wednesday 12 May, 7 - 8pm. Join Eleanor Morgan, author of Gossamer Days, for an exploration of the extraordinary things that humans have done with spider silk. From gun sights to sticky tunics via acoustic lures, royal underwear and the mystery of the disappearing spider goats, she will discuss the strange, centuries long entanglement between humans and spiders.

£15 or more

Make Primary Create Again

Show your support for Primary with a unique Make Primary Create Again enamel badge!

£15 or more

Skillshare activity pack of your choice

Primary's Skillshare series provides opportunities to discuss skills we can share in our communities. Select a Skillshare pack from the list below: • Probiotics - pack would include Skillshare sheet (instructions) kilner jar, square of muslin, ginger root + sugar • Naan Bread - pack would include Skillshare sheet (instructions), flour + mixing bowl • Pasta - pack would include Skillshare sheet (instructions) flour + mixing bowl

£20 or more

Walk with Alison Lloyd

A unique walking experience of slow micro-navigations with Alison Lloyd. Alison's artistic work stretches back to the 1970s, and her current practice adapts navigation, route-finding skills, and contouring as artistic strategies, tools, and processes.

£20 or more

Art Walk with Chris Lewis-Jones

Join artist-flaneur Chris Lewis-Jones for an art walk and experience a series of psychogeographic focus exercises as you go. These will include frottage, a process of taking a rubbing from an uneven surface to form the basis of a work of art.

£25 or more

A set of 5 x A3 prints of Making Place posters

A set of 5 x A3 prints of posters from the Making Place exhibition, an expansive and celebratory exhibition marking three years of Making Place, Primary’s long-term community programme looking at how we learn from the city and how we use public space. Graphic design by Saria Digregorio.

£40 or more

Parker Ito limited edition publication

This publication accompanies the exhibition PII, which took place at Primary 2018. Published by Landfill Editions with Primary in an edition 500 with contributions from Dean Kissick, Jonathan Chandler, Jonny Negron, Leon Sadler, Maren Karlson, Marijpol, Patrick Crotty, Ram Han & Last Renaissance. Publication design by Hugh Frost. 80 Pages / A4 7 Colour Offset (3 x Pantone + CMYK), spiral bound – violet.

£75 or more

How to design and publish a book

A unique experience, hosted by Beam Editions, taking you through the creative process, editorial, distribution, and selling of an independently published book. Check out Beam's website - www.beameditions.uk/bookshop This will be delivered as a 3 hour workshop - date TBC and dependent upon COVID-19 guidelines.

£80 or more

Introduction to Photography with Jagdish Patel

A 4-week introductory course with Jagdish Patel so you can improve your photography skills. Participants will need to be available for sessions on Saturday 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd May, 1-3pm.

£80 or more

Ethics of Contemporary Art by Theo Reeves-Evison

A copy of 'Ethics of Contemporary Art' by Theo Reeves-Evison, exploring the idea of transgressive art and examining the relationship between contemporary art and ethics.

£85 or more

'Bird Head' by Debra Swann

Presenting themselves as possible artefacts or specimens, the objects she creates are gadgets, adornments, or trophies that Debra collects. 'Bird Head' by Debra Swann. 9x12x8cm, plaster and foil.

£90 or more

Exotica Suite Book/CD + 'The Sorceress' artwork

This bundle by artist Wayne Burrows includes a copy of the 'Exotica Suite' book and CD, made in 2015 in collaboration with Paul Isherwood (The Soundcarriers), along with the unique original collage cover artwork ('The Sorceress'), mounted ready for framing, approx. size 45x45cm.

£100 or more

Art books from Beam Editions

Four beautifully designed art books, published by Beam Editions. In return for your pledge, you can choose any four books you like from Beam's catalogue, which includes artists' books, monographs, and art criticism. Designed and published at Primary. Check out Beam's website - www.beameditions.uk/bookshop

£100 or more

Edwin Burdis Screen Print

Edwin Burdis, UIB (2015), 2-colour Screenprint on 300gsm Paper, H 64cm x W 45cm (unframed), Edition of 30. Created by Edwin Burdis during his residency with Primary.

£100 or more

In-depth espresso & latte masterclass with Bradley

Join Bradley for an in-depth espresso and latte art masterclass. An intensive 2 hour class with Bradley, looking into the finer nuances of espresso making and latte art. Suitable for anyone from those with a basic interest in coffee to the superstar home barista and beyond. You will also receive a bag of coffee of your choosing to take home and implement your new skills. Email - [email protected] to arrange a date that works for you.

£130 or more

Silk screen print: 2LC SymM Lamp Black SP17

Hand-pulled limited edition screen print created by artist Marek Tobolewski in 2017 for The Other Art Fair, London. Limited edition of 50, Editioned at Silver Screen Studios, Nottingham UK. Size 70 x 50 cm. Unframed. Printed on 270gsm on C. F. Smith Zen paper. An image of each of Marek’s works can be found at the bottom of the overview. Please ensure you are claiming your favourite print from Marek. There is one of each up for grabs.

£130 or more

Silk screen print: 2LC SymM+R Blk Blu SP17

Hand-pulled limited edition screen print created by artist Marek Tobolewski in 2017 for The Other Art Fair, London. Limited edition of 50, Editioned at Silver Screen Studios, Nottingham UK. Size 70 x 50 cm. Unframed. Printed on 270gsm on C. F. Smith Zen paper. An image of each of Marek’s works can be found at the bottom of the overview. Please ensure you are claiming your favourite print from Marek. There is one of each up for grabs.

£150 or more

'Rioter (LB's Insomnia)' by Craig Fisher

Created by resident artist Craig Fisher using Acrylic paint and paint pen on canvas, 'Rioter (LB's Insomnia) (2021)' is part of a new limited-edition of Fisher’s ongoing Rioter series, 3 are available to claim through our Crowdfunder campaign and each will be unique in their finish. Dimensions are 37 (h) x 28 (w) x 1cm (d).

£7 or more

'The Frequency of Trees', book by Caroline Locke

A signed copy of book 'The Frequency of Trees', published by the Yorkshire Sculpture Park with an introduction written by the artist John Newling. It follows the seasons at the park and four of the trees which the artist tracked and gathered data from in order to make The Frequency of Trees Sculpture. It is a small 64 page book about nature, data, people, their stories and creating a public interactive sculpture.

£10 or more

Signed book by Susan Finlay

A signed copy of 'My Spruce and Maple Self' by Susan Finlay. A shocking, camp, and shockingly camp book about a woman unable to come to terms with her own declining status, as well as that of the West.

£20 or more

Signed book from Theo Reeves-Evison

A copy of 'Fiction as Method', signed by co-editor Theo Reeves-Evison. Ann anthology of texts exploring the diverse ways fictions manifest, with contributions from practitioners across contemporary art, media theory, philosophy, and speculative fiction.

£20 or more

Special Horseradish and Honey Vodka made by Yelena

250ml special horseradish and honey vodka made by artist Yelena Popova. The horseradish used was lovingly grown at Primary as part of the'Grow me a Colour' project. This vodka has a number spiritual, heartwarming, antibacterial and antiviral properties. It’s been infused by horseradish and honey for the duration of 9months and 1 full moon.

£20 or more

'Cabinet of Curiosities', Willy Harvey & Laura Bee

Cabinet of Curiosities is a collaboration by Willy Harvey & Laura Bee. A hand-drawn collection of lighthearted and playful musings between language and tea. Limited run of 500 Risograph prints. 5 available.

£25 or more

Seeing Bodies by Belén Cerezo

A signed copy of Belén Cerezo's publication 'Seeing Bodies', a gathering of artistic research into the work of Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector (1920-1977).

£40 or more

Limited editions by Rebecca Lee

A limited edition publication, score and CD by musician and composer Rebecca Lee. Includes 'Making it up, this moment of June', 'Herring Red', and 'Outside Broadcast'.

£40 or more

'Diamonds and Pearls' by Susan Finlay

A unique painting created by artist and writer Susan Finlay using acrylic and 'pearls' on canvas. Size A4.

£40 or more

'Alfred House 2' by Jo Wheeler

'Alfred House 2', (2020) is a glycee digital print by visual artist, producer, evaluator and photographer Jo Wheeler. Jo's work explores landscape, place and our relationship to it. Size 12x16".

£40 or more

'Alfred House 4' by Jo Wheeler

'Alfred House 4', (2020) is a glycee digital print by visual artist, producer, evaluator and photographer Jo Wheeler. Jo's work explores landscape, place and our relationship to it. Size 12x16".

£50 or more

Ash Alldread's aluminium print

'Vanitas Pepper': a one-off digital photographic print on aluminium, from a 2018 exhibition by Ash Alldread.

£50 or more

A bundle of music from Dead Rat Orchestra

A bundle of music by Nathaniel Mann's experimental folk trio Dead Rat Orchestra, (2 x 12", 1x 7", 4x CDs....!) including: 12” C Joynes and the Firlong Bray: The borametz Tree (2019) 12” Dead Rat Orchestra: The Guga Hunters of Ness (OST to BBC Scotland Documentary). CD + Booklet: Tyburnia (OST to James Holcombe’s film exploring 600 years of public executions. 7” Split Polish Folk

£50 or more

'Crimp and Pocket' Lino print by Colette Griffin

'Crimp and Pocket', (2016), 300gsm white satin paper, black oil based ink, edition 1/7, framed, size 21.5 x 30cm. Preparatory plans, and sketches of existing and interacting sculptural objects.

£50 or more

'Hold on', Lino print by Colette Griffin

'Hold on', 2016, 300gsm white satin paper, black oil based ink, edition 1/7, 2016, framed, size 21.5 x 30cm. Preparatory plans, and sketches of existing and interacting sculptural objects.

£60 or more

Lampshade by Lane

A handmade Lane lampshade of your choice from their new colour range, made using local materials that are natural, innovative, ethical, long-lasting, and traceable.

£60 or more

'Four-letter-word' cushion by Nadim Chaudry

A one-of-a-kind cushion, handmade by Nadim Chaudry from calico and recycled fabrics, which you can customise with a word of your choice (four-letter - or otherwise!). 30x55cm, removable outer, with an envelope opening and a hollow fibre pad.

£60 or more

Marbled Reams by Tom Godfrey

A full set of all 28 editions from 'Marbled Reams', a project where curator Tom Godfrey invited artists to create a new A4-sized piece of work. Specially packaged within an archive flat-box and accompanied by a single clip-frame so you can create a rotating display in your own home.

£60 or more

'Amrick at Fourways' Photo Print by Jagdish Patel

Claim a 'Amrick at Fourways' photographic print by Jagdish Patel. Jagdish’s practice is research based, involving photography and visual arts on issues related to socially engaged art, anti-racism, and archives.

£60 or more

Book bundle, x9 signed works by Wayne Burrows

An opportunity to get your hands on rare / out of print works including copies of 9 signed paperback book and pamphlet publications (+ one CD) featuring poetry, fiction, essays and translations by Wayne Burrows. Titles include 'Eastern Bloc Songs', 'Spirit Wrappings', 'Black Glass', 'The Apple Sequence', 'Marine', 'Emblems' and 'Marginalia'. Some of these were limited editions and are long out of print!

£65 or more

'The Meadow Behind Bars', print by Alison Lloyd

‘The Meadow Behind Bars (Group Shelter) I June’ 2020, Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Size 420 x 297 mm, edition of 12. A note from Alison Lloyd - The multiple of 12 because on the 23 March (my birthday) and the first day of the first government lockdown it will be a whole year since I began to visit this meadow- wasteland surrounded by a zinc palisade fence. It is on the edge of Nottingham, England. I named the place the #MeadowBehindBars

£70 or more

Circle Necklace by Fiona Harris Jewellery

A signature circle necklace in sterling silver, designed and handmade by Fiona Harris. Beautiful everyday luxury that you'll never want to take off!

£100 or more

Introduction to Throwing Experience, Clay Studio

Introduction to Throwing session for 2 people. Experience a private 2.5 hour lesson where they will learn the basic techniques for throwing on a wheel and have a lot of fun!

£100 or more

Small aluminium ‘Newton’s Apple’ by Caroline Locke

The National Trust kindly gave Caroline access to the famous Newton's apple tree. Her Newton’s Apple series consist of Bronze and Aluminium casts of apples harvested from the ‘gravity tree’ at Woolsthorpe Manor, Isaac Newton’s family home. Caroline has created a number of Aluminium editions - all unique and cast directly from the fruit and hand finished by the artist. Edition 1/1 - boxed and signed. 60 x 50mm.

£130 or more

'Curves' by Louisa Chambers

'Curves', (2020) is a beautiful gouache on aluminium painting, typical of Louisa's signature style. Size 15.5 x 20 cm.

£130 or more

'Waves' by Louisa Chambers

'Waves', (2020) is a beautiful gouache on linen painting, typical of Louisa's signature style. Size 18 x 24 cm.

£130 or more

Silk screen print: 1LC SymM+R GV1 Blu SP17

Hand-pulled limited edition screen print created by artist Marek Tobolewski in 2017 for The Other Art Fair, London. Limited edition of 50, Editioned at Silver Screen Studios, Nottingham UK. Size 70 x 50 cm. Unframed. Printed on 270gsm on C. F. Smith Zen paper. An image of each of Marek’s works can be found at the bottom of the overview. Please ensure you are claiming your favourite print from Marek. There is one of each up for grabs.

£130 or more

Silk screen print: 1LC SymM+R Blk Blu SP17

Hand-pulled limited edition screen print created by artist Marek Tobolewski in 2017 for The Other Art Fair, London. Limited edition of 50, Editioned at Silver Screen Studios, Nottingham UK. Size 70 x 50 cm. Unframed. Printed on 270gsm on C. F. Smith Zen paper. An image of each of Marek’s works can be found at the bottom of the overview. Please ensure you are claiming your favourite print from Marek. There is one of each up for grabs.

£150 or more

Inlaid stoneware wall-piece by Nastassja Simensky

This unique stoneware piece by Nastassja Simensky has been inlaid with stained clays, and comes with a wall fixing and 6 beeswax taper candles. Size 38 x 24cm.

£200 or more

'Round Painting' by Yelena Popova

Yelena Popova works across a range of media, including painting, tapestry, video and installation. This reward is part of a series of paintings by Yelena. 15cm diameter.

£200 or more

'Small Prickly Thing' Sculpture by Pete Ellis

'Small Prickly Thing' is a unique sculpture crafted by artist Pete Ellis. Pete Ellis works with everyday stuff, exploring ironic and formal relationships between the functions of objects and images, their histories and metaphoric shadows.

£250 or more

Newton's Apples by Caroline Locke

A small bronze apple sculpture by Caroline Locke. A unique, one-off, beautiful piece, cast from an apple harvested from Isaac Newton's famous 'gravity tree'.

£600 or more

Bespoke baking workshop at Small Food Bakery

Spend a day with your family/friends at Small Food Bakery with Kimberley Bell, learning new baking and cooking skills using local, natural ingredients. You set the agenda – we will tailor the day together to suit exactly what you want to learn, with plenty of time to explore skills and techniques. A transformative experience guaranteed and loads of food to take home at the end. Up to 4 people (at a date agreed). Enquires - [email protected]

£950 or more

NORDLYS by Line Nilsen

An exquisite, hand-woven, one-off artwork by textile artist Line Nilsen. Completely unique and hand-crafted on a mechanical dobby loom.

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