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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
Our Opening Hours from 14 November 2009
Mondays Closed (Shop Open)
Tuesday – Friday 10am – 7pm
Saturdays 10am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm
Bank Holidays 10am – 6pm
The final Friday evening of the exhibition takes its cue from Leckey’s 1999 work Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore – a compilation of found footage from UK underground music and party scenes of the 70s, 80s and 90s. The cavernous Space at Nottingham Contemporary will be transformed into a nightclub and television broadcast inspired by dance music culture, trends, branding, digital aesthetics and notions of euphoria.
COCKTAIL is an immersive environment that merges fashion and branding with performance and technology, smoke and mirrors, podiums, sculpture, scent, tailored tracksuits and cocktails. Featuring electronic music by Rokk (Body Talk), Dirty Talk and Lovers Rights, COCKTAIL will also feature artworks by Romany Dear, Joey Holder, Candice Jacobs, Samuel Levack & Jennifer Lewandowski, Zephyr Liddell, Calvin Sangster & Tim Hattrick, Joey Villemont, Zoe Williams and Lucy Woodhouse.
This event also features an online component - please visit Its Our Playground on 28 & 29 June only to view the exhibition.
Curated by Candice Jacobs in collaboration with Zoe Williams & Lucie Akerman, this version of COCKTAIL forms the second in a series of events by Williams & Akerman, the first of which was held at the Motorcycle Showroom in Bristol, 2011.
The Small Collections Room
The Small Collections Room displays rare archive materials from ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles. Founded in 1952, ONE is the oldest collection of its kind in the world and the oldest archive LGBTQ organisation in the US.
The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things
This spring Nottingham Contemporary will present a major exhibition curated by Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey, Leckey’s largest exhibition to date. The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things brings together an unusual and exciting selection of historical and contemporary works of art – including William Blake, Louise Bourgeois, Martin Creed, and Richard Hamilton – alongside videos, mechanical objects and archaeological artefacts, which he will unite in specially designed environments. It will explore how our relationships with artworks and common objects alike are transformed through newinformation technologies. This produces an effect Leckey calls ‘techno-animism’ – the sense that inanimate objects have come to life.
A Hayward Touring exhibition from Southbank Centre, London
Aquatopia, Imaginary of the Deep
This summer we present Aquatopia, a major exhibition exploring the imaginary of the ocean deep, which features several dozen artists from JMW Turner to recent Turner Prize nominees Spartacus Chetwynd and The Otolith Group. Fascinating marine objects will also appear amongst the artworks - scrimshaw, glass botanical models and ancient maps, for example.
The exhibition is a collaboration with Tate St Ives in Cornwall, where it will be shown from October 2013 to January 2014.
The Study Sessions - From Animism To The Internet
From speed-bumps to sludge in ponds, Amerindian totems to Tamagotchi, the reading group will trace some lively debates within contemporary philosophies of technology: exploring not only how technologies shape the world, but how objects themselves could be said to have agency. Spaces are limited, please email email@example.com in order to reserve a place. Led by Eva Giraud and Andrew Goffey (University of Nottingham).
- Not suitable for children
Enchantment with Erik Davis
In the catalogue that accompanies Leckey’s exhibition, Erik Davis describes a world exploding with technologies, products, and material processes that challenge our conceptual categories with their apparent intelligence and animation. Davis will question whether we are witnessing the emergence of a new animism – a spiritual or mystical reading of nature, objects and machines.
Erik Davis is a writer and lecturer based in San Francisco who has written extensively on technoculture, music, and spirituality. Every week he explores “cultures of consciousness” on his online podcast Expanding Mind.
Live Broadcast Online
- Any age
04 May 2013 - 26 May 2013
Every Sat & Sun during the exhibition
11am – 3pm
Come and enjoy making, experimenting with materials and exploring new ideas, while having lots of fun with the family, of course. Each session is run by our friendly Play and Learn team who will guide you through activities inspired by magical animals, new technology and time travel. All sessions are drop ins, so you can just pop in and stay for as long as you wish. It’s an ideal space to relax and spend time together.
May Half Term
Sat 25 to Fri 31 May
11am – 3pm
Galleries and Studio
Unleash your inner creativity by joining us for a whole week of workshops. Animal or technical, ancient or modern, spirit or software – we’ll be offering lots of new ways of making art together, and finishing off the week in our ginormous Space.
Half Term Extravaganza
Sat 1 – Sun 2 June
11am – 3pm
The vast Space is ours, and we’re all going to fill it with our artworks! Together we’ll create a futuristic world filled with strange spirits.
Meet the mythical creatures. Write stories. Or come and just relax and enjoy being in a magical space!
If you have further questions or queries, please contact the Learning Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. For weekend enquiries please contact our reception on 0115 948 9750.
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
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