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.
Michael Beutler

Michael Beutler / Yelena Popova

  • 16 July — 26 September 2016 *on now

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.



  • 20 July — 21 September 2016 *on now

All our summer walkthroughs will be on Wednesdays at 6–6.45pm. Meet at Reception. Drop in. Free.

20 July – Michael Beutler’s exhibition collaborators
03 August – Artist Yelena Popova
17 August – David Eckersley, UoN
31 August – Curator Abi Spinks
07 September – Prof Ana Souto, NTU
21 September – Dr Tony Harris, NTU on The Scratch Orchestra



Otobong Nkanga, Wetin you go do? Photo by Blaise Adilo.

Otobong Nkanga

  • 15 October 2016 — 8 January 2017

The Antwerp-based Nigerian artist Otobong Nkanga examines land and the value of natural resources through her installations, drawing and sculptures. Her work also passes on knowledge through conversations in the galleries themselves.



Marguerite Humeau, Taweret, 2015. Courtesy Marguerite Humeau/ DUVE Berlin.

Marguerite Humeau

  • 15 October 2016 — 8 January 2017

The London-based French artist Marguerite Humeau has described herself as an “Indiana Jones in Google times”. Her work weaves together factual events and speculative narratives, reanimating voices from long-extinct creatures and distant eras.

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.
John Hutnyk

Reading Capital in Nottingham

  • 20 July — 28 September 2016 *on now

Reading Capital in Nottingham
Wed, from 20 July to 28 Sept
11am – 2pm
A ten-week course on Volume I of Karl Marx’s Capital. Reading and writing with Prof John Hutnyk. In collaboration with Spokesman Books


Free but booking is required as spaces are limited.

Photo Sam Kirby

Play Factory

  • 26 July — 31 August 2016 *on now

Free family workshops all summer every day during the school holidays
26 July – 31 Aug
(Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays)
11am – 3pm

Join us to make playful tools and build giant constructions to fill our Space. Artist Michael Beutler will be working with families on Tue 26 and Wed 27 July to launch our summer long Play Factory Michael Beutler’s family workshop is supported by Goethe-Institut London.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
Photo: Ericka Florez

Body / Buildings Contemporary Dance Course

  • 2 — 30 August 2016 *on now

Body / Buildings Contemporary Dance Course
Every Tue 2 – 30 August
Beginners 6 – 7 pm
Advanced 7 – 8 pm
Summer intensive dance course with choreographer Antonio Abatangelo exploring how the city and its buildings affect our bodies. Developed in collaboration with artist and curator Ericka Flórez.

Photo: Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad

Summer School: The City Questions

  • 4 August — 23 September 2016 *on now

Who participates in shaping our city and how are these processes generated? A series of workshops created and facilitated by designer Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad.

Who questions?
Thu 4 August
6.30 – 8.30pm
Exploring different methods and strategies used to question urban issues in Nottingham and beyond.

Who listens?
Thu 18 August
5 – 8pm
In discussion with local neighbourhood groups, sharing their experiences and responses to localised urban change.

How do we question in the city?
Sat 27 August
12 – 5pm
A workshop for groups and individuals interested in observing and questioning in the city. Based in Sneinton.

Who decides?
Thu 1 September
6.30 – 8pm
Drifting within the Broadmarsh regeneration plan; exploring the processes behind this future redevelopment.

Any other questions?
Thu 15 September
6.30 – 8pm
We invite participants to strategise towards future programmes and responses to Nottingham’s urban development.

End of the Summer School
Thu 22 – Friday 23 Sept
4 – 8pm
A two-day intensive workshop, developed with the Three Ecologies Working Group and the Centre for Critical Theory at The University of Nottingham, exploring different possibilities for collective "citizen" research practices.

Imge from 'Settlers In England', 2015. Laura Page Photography

Cinema Night: co-produced Films of Ian Nesbitt

  • 8 September 2016 6:30-8:30pm

Thu 8 Sept
6.30 – 8.30pm
Screening of Settlers In England and Walk With A Cart Through Upperthorpe followed by a Q&A with Ian and some of his co-workers. In collaboration with Primary

Sketch from Solidarity Countdown score, Frank Abbott, 1974

Scores and Sources

  • 20 September 2016 6:30-8:30pm

Rebecca Lee and Frank Abbott bring together a group of artists and musicians to introduce and demonstrate live performance works that explore notions of uncertainty, value and decline and collective decision-making. The programme, which will include opportunities for audience members to get involved and see the original scores, will explore pieces by the Scratch Orchestra, a live version of Rebecca's soundtrack to Yelena's film This Certifies That, and Frank's 1971 piece, Solidarity Countdown.

6.30pm – 8.30pm




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.