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.
Opaque, 2014. Installation with super 16mm. Performance: Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Werner Hirsch.

Danai Anesiadou, Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, Rana Hamadeh, Sun Ra / Nadia Lauro

  • 10 October 2015 — 3 January 2016 *on now

This autumn we present four interrelated solo exhibitions, all with a connection to performance, theatre and film: Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz from Switzerland and Germany, Rana Hamadeh from Lebanon and the Netherlands, and Danai Anesiadou from Greece and Belgium. The fourth is the late, legendary jazz musician and Afro- Futurist, Sun Ra, who ascended to Saturn in 1993. The visual aspect of his work will be presented in a scenography by Nadia Lauro, from Paris. Each artist uses fiction and alternative realities to transform and extend our understanding of identity, social norms and world history. The exhibitions developed out of conversations with Collabor8, our young people’s group, and was curated to coincide with Circuit, our arts festival for 15 to 25 years olds in November.

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.
Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, I Want, 2015

The Study Sessions

  • 19 November — 10 December 2015 *on now

Sun Ra and the Astro Black
Thu 19 November
6.30pm – 8.30pm
Nottingham writer Graham Lock on Sun Ra's Astro Black mythology and its roots in African American history and culture.

Postmodern "Psychosis" in the early work of Kathy Acker
Thu 3 December
6.30pm – 8.30pm
Charley Baker (The University of Nottingham) explores the work of Kathy Acker.

Queer of colour feminisms and the meaning of "home"
Thu 10 December
6.30pm – 8.30pm
Onni Gust (The University of Nottingham) introduces queer of colour feminist thinkers asking what "home" means in the context of cultural dislocation.


Free. Book tickets for individual sessions at


Rana Hamadeh, Can You Make a Pet of Him Like a Bird or Put Him on a Leash For Your Girls?


  • 2 December 2015 6-6:45pm *on now

Join us for different perspectives on our exhibitions. Theatre and costume designer Karen Bartlett, Nottingham Trent University, talks about the use of sets in the
exhibitions of work by Sun Ra and Rana Hamadeh.


Meet at Reception. Drop in. Free.


Photo by Sam Kirby

Free Family Fun in December

  • 5 — 20 December 2015

Join us to play, learn and create. Every weekend, 11am-3pm.
Free. No need to book, just drop in.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children




Nine Lives

Nine Lives

  • 8 December 2015 7-8:30pm

Leeds Studio with West Yorkshire Playhouse presents Nine Lives, a theatre piece directed by Alex Chisholm and written by Zodwa Nyoni.


Free. Book tickets on our website:


Opaque, 2014. Installation with super 16mm. Performance: Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Werner Hirsch


  • 9 December 2015 6-6:45pm

Join us for different perspectives on our exhibitions. Broadcaster Christine Belle from Kemet FM hosts audience responses to the exhibitions.


Meet at Reception. Drop in. Free.


Danai Anesiadou, Damnesia Vu: Zum Besten Der Griechen, Kunsthalle Basel, 2011.

Live Performance: Danai Anesiadou

  • 11 December 2015 7-8:30pm

A closing act in the lifecycle of Danai Anesiadou's installation, seen as a metaphor for her experience as a recently repatriated citizen in her native Greece. In collaboration with the South London Gallery and funded by the Arts Council England Catalyst Fund.


Sun Ra

Workshop: Intergalactic Storytelling

  • 15 December 2015 5-8pm

Inspired by Sun Ra, create and film new intergalactic stories through the traditional technique of shadow puppetry. Led by Collabor-8 Collective.


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.