Wednesday 4 October 2023

Toponymy: Nottingham

Recently I took part in the Toponymy project with Nottingham City of Literature, and the lovely poet Polis Loizou.

The idea was to create an image and a piece of writing that worked together to explain the meaning of one of UNESCO's Global Creative Cities.

I had a great time, but it was certainly a challenge created a piece that was nearly 4 foot square! Just getting it through my scanner was something of an achievement!

I learned a lot about Nottingham's fascinating history; what a lot of badasses!

There is a physical exhibition in Quebec, but also an online version if you want to have a look at the other amazing participants.

The thumbnail sketch.

The final piece.

The burning of the castle.

Snot (a possible etymological reason for Nottingham's name)

A surprising number of protest based fires in Nottingham. Including by the suffragettes.

More peaceful protests today, but just as important!

Nottingham was the first place to build a network of bomb shelters during WW2, utilising their natural cave systems

The famous left lion


A goose hissing at the Sneighton Dragon. The goose isn't particularly significant, but I think if Nottingham was an animal, it would be a goose.

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