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Our building has been designed by the award winning architects Caruso St John. It has four galleries, superb education and study areas, a performance space, a café-bar and shop.
Gallery, Artist studio or collective
Tuesday - Friday 10am - 7pm
Bank Holidays and Saturdays 10am - 6pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm
Closed on Mondays, except Bank Holidays during exhibitions.
Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas
- 23 January — 15 March 2015 *on now
Focusing on the Americas, from the Arctic to the Andes, the exhibition explores the greatest challenge of our time – climate change.
This major exhibition includes sculpture, photographs, paintings and installations across all four of Nottingham Contemporary galleries including Subhankar Banerjee’s epic photographs of migratory caribou in northern Alaska, Fernando Palma Rodríguez’s animatronic Monarch butterflies, restoring life to a threatened species, Abel Rodriquez’s exquisite drawings of plants, recording indigenous environmental knowledge passed down through generations, and Paulo Nazareth’s delicate installations of materials collected during his journey, on foot, between Belo Horizonte and New York City.
Artists: Allora & Calzadilla, Eduardo Abaroa, Ala Plástica, Darren Almond, Marcos Avila Forero, Amy Balkin, Subhankar Banerjee, Mabe Bethônico, Ursula Biemann & Paulo Tavares, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Minerva Cuevas, Jimmie Durham, Harun Farocki, GIAP: Grupo de Investigación en Arte y Política (with Beatriz Aurora), Paulo Nazareth, The Otolith Group, Fernando Palma Rodríguez, Claire Pentecost, Abel Rodríguez, Miguel Angel Rojas, Walter Solón Romero.
- Any age
Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions
- 3 April — 14 June 2015
This major exhibition includes Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joseph Beuys, Alighiero e Boetti, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Willem de Kooning, Steve McQueen, Bruce Nauman, Chris Ofili, Jackson Pollock, Sun Ra, Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol. It also includes photojournalism of the Civil Rights struggle.
A collaboration with Tate Liverpool.
Supported by Christie's.
- Any age
The Grand Tour: Pablo Bronstein at Nottingham Contemporary and Chatsworth
- 3 July — 20 September 2015
The Grand Tour reinterprets world class collections through contemporary art across four venues in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. It is a partnership between Chatsworth, Derby Museums, The Harley Gallery and Nottingham Contemporary together with Experience Nottinghamshire and Visit Peak District and Derbyshire.
The Grand Tour has been funded as part of the Arts Council England and VisitEngland’s joint Cultural Destinations programme. For more information visit thegrandtour.uk.com.
- Any age
Family Weekends: January - March
- 7 — 8 March 2015 11am-3pm
- 14 — 15 March 2015 11am-3pm
11am - 3pm.
Free, no need to book.
Create recycled sculptures, fossilised objects and make your own mini garden to take home and tend.
Talk, create and chill together. Stay as long as you want.
“A great idea – it helped my children to be able to look at the art in more detail.” Family visitor
How to get to us
Discounted travel to families and groups on main bus operators and the tram,see our Visit webpage for more information.
Free, Drop In
- 5 March 2015 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday 5 February
Led by Andrew Goffey (University of Nottingham)
This session will focus on Felix Guattari’s Three Ecologies and employments thereof to address Animism and the nature / culture divide.
Thursday 19 February
Led by Eva Giraud (Keele University)
This session will explore issues and tensions surrounding representation and conservation and will focus on the issue of how environmental destruction can be challenged, without well-intentioned activists from the Global North trying to speak for indigenous populations.
Thursday 5 March
Led by Nic Beuret
Titled Cultures of Catastrophe, this session will focus on climate change and the language of catastrophe in popular and theoretical culture.
Places for these sessions are limited. If you would like to reserve a place please email email@example.com. Texts will be circulated in advance.
- Any age
Places for these sessions are limited. If you would like to reserve a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 6 February — 6 March 2015 *on now
Help create a heavenly host of shimmering butterflies. Make a pledge to live a little greener.
Find out more.
- Family friendly
- Especially for children
The Anthropocene: Humanity on the Rocks
- 3 March 2015 6:30-8:30pm
Academics, artists and activists have increasingly come to describe our current conjuncture as the “age of the Anthropocene” or the “epoch of the human” in which human activities have become a newly determining geological force on Earth’s ecosystems. Debated amongst scientists and in popular accounts, the Anthropocene is figured as evidence of the negative impacts. However, these observations have also been met by a growing commitment - creative, experimental and political - to re-imagine our understanding of environmental uncertainties, and our relation to a newly conceived post-human condition. This panel explores the relationship between aesthetics and environmental precarity, asking what form of social justice and ecological politics does the Anthropocene thesis demand?
Speakers include Dr Jan Zalasiewicz (Convener of the Anthropocene Working Group) and Dr. Kathryn Yusoff (Queen Mary, University of London). Chaired by Alex Vasudevan (University of Nottingham).
- Any age
Young People's Programme
Starting in January 2009 Nottingham Contemporary will be running a course for young people aged between 13 and 23 to help them act as arts instigators. They will be trained to design, co-ordinate and deliver a programme of activity for other young people. It will also give them an opportunity to take part in the Arts Council’s arts award scheme.
How to obtain
For more information contact email@example.com