Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Contemporary
Weekday Cross
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG1 2GB
England

Website

www.nottinghamcontemporary.org

E-mail

info@nottinghamcontemporary.org

Telephone

0115 948 9750

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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

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

Admission charges

FREE

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.
Family Fun

Family Fun - Move and Make

  • 5 May 2014 11am-3pm

Come along and make art from child-like movements

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/family-weekends-may

Dan Perjovschi, drawing for Radical Museology, 2013.

Radical Museology / Working the Collection Chaired by Claire Bishop

  • 22 May 2014 6:30-8pm

A roundtable on the historiographical, geopolitical and wider societal implications of the display and acquisition of public collections, chaired by Claire Bishop, author of Radical Museology Or What’s Contemporary in Museums of Contemporary Art? (2013)

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/radical-museology

Suzanne Osborne, A year in small paintings - Skies, September 2010 - September 2011 (detail). Copyright © the artist.

Singing Skies - Opening

  • 4 June 2014 6-8pm

Both are housed within a structure created by artist Wolfgang Buttress. A film by Claire Denis detailing Osborne's paintings, set to an original score by tinderticks, will be projected onto the structure's surface.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free; please book your place through our website or by calling +44 (0)115 948 9750.

Website

http://nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/singing-skies-opening

stuart A. staples & Suzanne Osborne, Singing Skies (excerpt). Copyright © 2014 tindersticks

Singing Skies

  • 4 — 7 June 2014

The installation Singing Skies is an unfolding of a book of the same title which marries Suzanne Osborne's 'A year in small paintings - Skies, September 2010 - September 2011' with stuart A. staples's song lyrics, written down for the first time. The paintings together with typed lyrics and a documentary by Martin Wallace are set within a structure created by artist Wolfgang Buttess, which provides a surface for the projection of Claire Denis' film of the paintings, with an original score by tindersticks.

tindersticks will perform a special acoustic set on Friday 6th June.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/singing-skies

Marcus Coates, Vision Quest - A Ritual for Elephant & Castle (2012). Commissioned and produced by NOMAD. Photo Nick David.

Screening: Marcus Coates

  • 17 June 2014 From 6pm

Vision Quest is a feature length documentary set in the South London neighborhood of Elephant & Castle. The video documents Marcus Coates’ personal journey over a three-year residency period, in the Elephant & Castle neighborhood.

The documentary follows Coates as he endeavors to locate animal spirits to guide a community experiencing a disruptive redevelopment scheme.

The screening will be followed by a post-mortem discussion with Southwark Notes.

6pm

Free, The Space

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Please register your place through our website or by phoning +44 (0)115 948 9750

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/screening-marcus-coates-tickets-11006202849

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/vision-quest

Raivo Puusemp, 'Rosendale, A public work', 1980 Publication

On Becoming Something Else Krist Gruijthuijsen

  • 25 June 2014 7:30-8:30pm

The Director of Grazer Kunstverein, and author of Archiving Disappearance, tracks a minor history of artists who have made statements of refusal through non-production and disappearance.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/becoming-something-else

Danh Võ, Golappa!, 2008. Courtesy Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Danh Võ, Private collection Los Angeles. Photo By Jacopo Menzani.

Carol Rama and Danh Võ

  • 19 July — 28 September 2014

Using his personal experiences as a starting point, Võ’s installations build bridges between his own life experiences and transnational history, exploring migration, labour and language. In 2012 Danh Võ won the prestigious Hugo Boss Prize. He has recently had exhibitions at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris. This will be his first major solo exhibition at a UK gallery. Now 95, self-taught artist Carol Rama painted her first watercolours in 1936. Considered too radical for the Italian society she grew up in, her expressive works give an intimate view into her own fears and anxieties. Curated in collaboration with Danh Võ, Rama’s work appears ahead of its time. It explores the representation of the female body through paintings, including those that incorporate cycle tyres, animal hoofs, dolls eyes and other found objects. At the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, Rama was presented with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free!

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/carol-rama-and-danh-vo

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.
WEA

Installation and Intervention

  • 7 February — 25 April 2014 *on now

Join this course to gain practical knowledge and a deeper understanding of what is meant by the terms installation and intervention. Tutor Chris Lewis-Jones will introduce you to how these ideas manifest themselves in contemporary art and give you the materials and ideas to create your own.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Cost: £126.00 (Free to those on low incomes or in receipt of benefits). For more information or to book a place please contact Caroline Keep on 0115 9858203 or ckeep@wea.org.uk

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/adult-learning

Somewhat Abstract

Somewhat Abstract - Selections from the Arts Council Collection

  • 12 April — 29 June 2014 *on now

Virtually every significant artistic movement since the Second World War is touched on in this major exhibition drawn from The Arts Council’s own national collection, curated by Nottingham Contemporary’s Director Alex Farquharson. Spanning seven decades of art made in Britain, Somewhat Abstract shows the work of 70 artists, eight of them Turner Prize Winners.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/somewhat-abstract

Explorer Bag

Borrow an Explorer kit bag

  • 12 April — 29 June 2014 *on now

Every day during the exhibition Free, available from Reception

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, available from Reception

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/explorer-bags

Easter Family Fun

Easter School Holidays - Land Map Installation, The Space

  • 17 — 18 April 2014 11am-3pm *on now

We will be filling The Space with tent-like artworks and a huge installation taking Kathy Prendergast's Land as inspiration. Come along to create and draw and see our installation grow.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/easter-family-fun-0

Easter Family Fun

Easter School Holidays - Pixal Pictures, The Space

  • 19 — 21 April 2014

We will be creating giant portraits and figures using coloured squares, look from above to see your pixal picture art attack unfold.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/easter-family-fun-0

Cover Image, Failure, edited by Lisa Le Feuvre, co-published by Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press, 2010

What is Success? With Lisa Le Feuvre

  • 24 April 2014 5-9pm

What does success look like? What is needed to achieve it? Exploring notions of success and failure within the visual arts, keynote speaker Lisa le Feuvre, Editor of Failure (Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art, 2010) is accompanied by guests, including EMVAN members, presenting papers on this theme.

Refreshments will be served.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£7 (£5 EMVAN Members, £3 Students), The Space

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/what-success

Family Fun

Family Fun - Life-size Plans

  • 26 — 27 April 2014 11am-3pm

We will be turning the Studio into an architect's plan using string and imagination.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/family-weekends-april

Famly Fun

Family Fun - Texture Collages

  • 3 — 4 May 2014 11am-3pm

We will be creating rubbings of different materials to collect textures and patterns, cutting them up and creating collages inspired by the texture in Anna Barriball's Window.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/family-weekends-may

Family Fun

Family Fun - Material Opposites

  • 10 — 11 May 2014 11am-3pm

In the exhibition you'll find artworks made from all kinds of materials put together - velvet and steel, concrete and bark. Come along and create interesting artworks with unusual materials.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/family-weekends-may

The Atlas Group in collaboration with Walid Raad Notebook volume 38: Already been in a lake of fire, plate 58 ...

What makes Contemporary Art Contemporary? Or, Other People’s Lives Peter Osborne

  • 14 May 2014 6:30-8pm

The author of Anywhere or Not At All, The Philosophy of Contemporary Art (2013) addresses how contemporary art structures our experience of time.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/peter-osborne

Family Fun

Family Fun - Art Illusions

  • 17 — 18 May 2014 11am-3pm

Create your own art optical illusions inspired by the work of Bridgit Riley.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/family-weekends-may

The Miracle Methods - Frances Scott.

Selected 4

  • 20 May 2014 6:30-8pm

Experimental, provocative and unruly. Produced by videoclub and Film London Artists Moving Image Award.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/selected-4

May Half Term

May Half Term - Art Reflections

  • 24 — 25 May 2014 11am-3pm

We'll be creating great art with light, mirrors, and transparent surfaces.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/may-half-term-family-fun

May Half Term

May Half Term - Codeword Art, The Studio

  • 27 May — 29 April 2014
  • 30 May 2014 11am-3pm

Inspired by the Morse code in our exhibition we'll be creating secret messages using art.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/may-half-term-family-fun

May Half Term

May Half Term - Another Dimension

  • 31 May — 1 June 2014

We'll be making 2D work 3D with lots of layers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/may-half-term-family-fun

Image courtesy Tracey McMaster, Rubber Goat Films

Screening: Nick Broomfield

  • 10 June 2014 6-8pm

6pm

Screening: Behind the Rent Strike (1974, 50')

Behind the Rent Strike (1974) deals with the rent strike undertaken by 3000 tenants in Kirkby New Town, near Liverpool, shortly before Christmas 1973, as a protest against the Housing Finance Bill. The documentary combines analysis of the social conditions of the time with interviews between Broomfield and local residents.

7pm

Discussion: Documenting Lenton Flats

Tracey McMaster (Rubber Goat Films) is joined in conversation by Tricia Gardiner (Greenshoots, Nottingham) and Chris Weir (Heritage Talks) to discuss the processes in producing the documentary Flat: The Story of the Lenton Tower Blocks, which details the history of the Lenton Flats tower blocks in Nottingham.

Free, The Space

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Please book your place through our website, or by phoning +44 (0)115 948 9750

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/behind-rent-strike-0

John Latham, SKOOB Tower Burnings, Destruction in Art Symposium (1966). Courtesy the British Artists Filmmakers Study Collection

Film After the End of Art Curated by Duncan White

  • 24 June 2014 10am-8pm, 6:30-8pm

Taking its cue from Gustav Metzger, a multi-screen moving image installation explores how film enables artists to produce tangible documents
from destructive, intentionally fleeting experiences. Duncan White, Central Saint Martins, is author of Expanded Cinema: Art, Performance, Film (2011)

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Open 10am – 8pm
Curator’s talk 6.30pm

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/end-art

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

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/education2/future/

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 info@nottinghamcontemporary.org

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