100 Eggs for Ukraine

4 Aug 2022 – 22 Sep 2022

Regular hours

10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

Free admission

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City Arts (Nottingham)

England, United Kingdom

Travel Information

  • City Arts is served by city inbound buses (NCT Lilac, Red, Pathfinder lines) – bus stop directly opposite, and city outbound buses at Boston St/Lower Parliament St (NCT Lilac, Red, Pathfinder lines) which is 120m away from the building (approx. 2 mins walk).
  • Nottingham Station is 1km away (approx. 15 mins walk). There is a tram interchange at the Station and regular buses into the city centre are directly outside on Carrington Street.
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An exhibition of ornately decorated eggs that are rich in history and symbolism – Pysanky.


The Pysanky custom is ancient. One legend from the Carpathian Mountains tells that the concept of evil is personified as a dreadful cave-dwelling serpent. For every Pysanky written, the serpent’s chains tighten. Good will triumph for another year and evil cannot roam free in the world.

The very act of ‘writing’ each pysanka egg is therefore profound and hopeful. Each egg decorated represents a physical act of creative solidarity in the struggle against evil. The artist also wants to help raise awareness of the traditional Ukrainian art form. The tradition was banned under the Soviet Union.

Artist Tory Hayward has decorated, or ‘written’, one hundred eggs for this exhibition. They are a mixture of hen, goose and rhea eggs. Also on display are pysanky decorated by members of the Nottingham Ukrainian community, alongside their perspectives on the tradition. The exhibition is further decorated with crowdsourced Pysanky designs submitted by the members of the local community.

‘100 Eggs for Ukraine’ is an outcome of our RESIDENCE project.

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Victoria Hayward


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