Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Contemporary
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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.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Tuesday - Friday 10am - 7pm
Bank Holidays and Saturdays 10am - 6pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm
Closed on Mondays, except Bank Holidays during exhibitions.

Admission charges


Collection details

Archives, Architecture, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Simon Starling, La Source (demi-teinte), 2009 © Simon Starling, courtesy neugerriemschneider, Berlin

Simon Starling

  • 19 March — 26 June 2016 *on now

Nottingham Contemporary presents Turner Prize-winner Simon Starling’s largest exhibition in the UK to date. The exhibition will include a new artwork developed in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University, of which Starling is an alumnus and a number of Starling’s major projects, most of which have not been presented in Britain before. Industry is a motif running through the selection – from the dawn of the Industrial Revolution to China’s industrial dominance and hi-tech industries today. This exhibition will revisit the art of the aristocratic Grand Tours of the 17th and 18th centuries through Starling’s contemporary vision, featuring a collaboration with Derby Museum which will see Joseph Wright’s The Alchymist Discovering Phosphorus in Nottingham Contemporary’s galleries.

The exhibition is part of The Grand Tour season two, part of the Cultural Destinations programme.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Michael Beutler

Michael Beutler / Yelena Popova

  • 16 July — 26 September 2016

16 July – 25 September 2016
Michael Beutler's installations transform spaces with sculptural interventions. Working across genres, he encourages alternative perceptions, opening up new views, and new approaches to the strategies and methods of making art. His works can be understood as reactions to architectural and social structures. Beutler incorporates industrially manufactured or processed materials, such as paper, metal, wood or plastic, shaping them into large-scale building elements with specially developed tools. He also involves local collaborators in this process. Beutler’s exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary will combine existing works and new elements within a new large scale site-specific installation. Michael Beutler’s exhibition is co-produced by Spike Island, Bristol and Nottingham Contemporary.
Drawing on Minimalism and Russian Constructivism, Yelena Popova’s ethereal abstract paintings explore themes of representation and balance, enquiring about the materiality of painting today. Her work also examines the relationship between objects in industrialised and capitalist societies. “I’m not interested in making single objects, but in creating a complex network of facts, fictions, emotions, gestures, materials and images, which could relate to the world outside it,” she explains.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Families at Nottingham Contemporary

Family Weekends

  • 19 March — 26 June 2016 *on now

We've got loads of free family activities designed to inspire imaginations and help you explore our exhibitions together.
Be an innovator and conduct all sorts of experiments – from the past and present. Our events are free and all ages are welcome.

11am – 3pm, just drop in.


19 - 20 March: Build-a-boat
See the boats in our galleries then make your own by testing different materials.

25 – 28 March: Pixel pictures
Join us for Easter weekend and Bank Holiday Monday. Have fun working together to create pixel pictures to view from up high.

2 – 17 April: Lace Lab
This Easter holiday we’ll be bringing Nottingham lace to life with giant looms and noisy machines! Come along and take part in lots of creative experiments with lace.
(Closed on Monday 4 and Monday 11 April)

23 – 24 April: Creative chemistry
Put on your lab coat and make works of art using chemical reactions.

30 April – 2 May: May Day Art
Join us over the Bank holiday for lots of May Day fun and Maypole weaving.

7 – 8 May: Paper Transformations
Simon Starling’s artworks undergo transformations. Have a go at origami and create your own transformations.

14 – 15 May: Build and transform
Create big collaborative structures, then take apart and re-build.

21 – 22 May: Silver sculptures – that grow!
Make a sculpture and watch it grow before your very eyes!

28 May – 5 June: Go dotty!
Go dotty and create dramatic transformations using industrial processes.

11 – 12 June: Marvellous molecules
Make art that looks like molecular structures.

18 – 19 June: Midas touch
Use clever tricks to turn everything into gold.

25 – 26 June: Music machines
Use industrial parts to make machine music.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
Families at Nottingham Contemporary

Family Activities May Half Term

  • 28 May — 5 June 2016 *on now

Create dramatic transformations and step into a new world of industry and science.
Sat 28 May – Sun 5 June.
11am – 3pm.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
Simon Starling

Study Sessions: How Many Natures Can Nature Nurture?

  • 2 June 2016 6:30-8:30pm

Thu 2 June: How Many Natures Can Nature Nurture? With artist Pedro Neves Marques.

Michael Beutler, Zustand mit Loops und Kringeln, 2012

Artist Talk: Michael Beutler

  • 7 June 2016 6:30-8:30pm

As a prelude to his summer exhibition, Michael Beutler introduces his work and calls for local collaborators.

Simon Starling

Study Sessions: Written in Stone. Exploring the Anthropocene thesis

  • 9 June 2016 6:30-8:30pm

Thu 9 June: Written in Stone. Exploring the Anthropocene thesis with members of the Anthropocene Working Group.

Image courtesy Miguel A López

Museum, Musex, Mutext, Mutant: Giuseppe Campuzano’s Transvestite Machine

  • 14 June 2016 6:30-8:30pm

Miguel A López, chief curator of TEOR/éTica, Costa Rica, talks about institutional critique in Latin America. In Collaboration with Gasworks, London.

Simon Starling Blue boat black

Walkthrough: Matthew Chesney and Daniel Brown

  • 15 June 2016 6-6:45pm

Matthew Chesney, Director of Backlit, in conversation with Daniel Brown, Astronomy Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. Followed by a tour to Backlit.

Simon Starling

Study Sessions: : Day Study Trip

  • 16 June 2016 6:30-8:30pm

Thu 16 June: Day Study Trip to the British Geological Survey and a fracking exploration area led by Frack Free Notts. Offsite.

Refugee Week Film Night

  • 22 June 2016 6:30-8:30pm

Film screening of Shelter (L’Abri) (2014), directed by Fernand Melgar with an introduction by Roger Bromley, Nottingham Beyond Borders.

American Music Listening Sessions

  • 23 June 2016 6:30-8:30pm

Thu June 23: Heavenly Sounds in Hi-Fi: The Art and Philosophy of Easy Listening.

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

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

Nottingham Contemporary
Weekday Cross




0115 948 9750

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.