Light Night 2016

From January to June 2016, Nottingham Museums and Galleries Service have been working with Becky Cullen, a poet and PhD student funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. For Light Night, Becky and fellow Midlands3Cities Cultural Heritage PhD student Suzy Harrison became Cullen and Harrison, Poetic Portraitists and Family Photographers. In the Nemi Room at Notitngham Castle, they asked families to describe themselves, and took their photos. Over 300 children, friends, parents and grandparents wrote, drew and shared their families on coloured ‘family flags’ – Suzy took photos of families of all kinds. We’re very happy to share the photos and writing with you here – Becky has tried to make sure that everybody’s words have been included in some way – no mean feat! Becky writes, ‘The words that people used over and over again to describe their families were ‘love,’ ‘fun’ and ‘kind.’ Whatever kind of family we come from – including our friends and pets – Light Night was a really good reminder of how important, and kind, and fun, families are to people in Nottingham – and how much we love them.’ Can you spot your family? Can you spot yourself?! Many many thanks to everyone who took part. Family Portraits A family is the word love written twice, fitting tightly into a heart. Sometimes the first heart is not quite big enough, needs one more to keep it safe. Make sure you tick it. A family is play. It’s three swings and a slide, next to a path. It’s a boy unfolding like a flower, shouting hello,...