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.
Inside Carol Rama, 2012 – 2014 © Bepi Ghiotti

Bepi Ghiotti - Inside Carol Rama

  • 19 July — 28 September 2014 *on now

A selection of these works will be shown in The Study for the duration of her exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/bepi-ghiotti

Carol Rama, Untitled, 1971 – 2004. Private Collection. © Archivio Carol Rama, Torino

Carol Rama

  • 19 July — 28 September 2014 *on now

Her autobiographical, explicitly female approach mirrors that of other artists of her time, such as Louise Bourgeois. Considered too radical for the fascist dominated Italy she grew up in, her work didn’t receive international attention until the end of the 90s. She received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2003, and her work is now shown in major art galleries around the world. A self-taught artist, she began painting watercolours as a form of therapy. In 1933, when Rama was 15, her mother was admitted to a psychiatric clinic. She has stated that she began her “vulgar” drawings then, fascinated by the female patients who wandered the wards half naked. These transgressive, psychosexual images challenged state censorship, and her first exhibition, held in Turin in 1945, was shut down.

Featuring over 50 of her artworks, this exhibition has been curated by Irene Aristizábal in response to Danh Võ’s work, a great admirer of Carol Rama. Rama is now 95 and lives in Turin. Photographs of her legendary studio, taken by Bepi Ghiotti, will be shown in The Study, off Gallery 1.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/carol-rama

Andrew Gillespie, Cover 4, 2014 (For CO, an exhibition concept by Tom Godfrey for the Small Collections Room)

Andrew Gillespie CO, An exhibition concept by Tom Godfrey

  • 19 July — 7 September 2014 *on now

Inspired by the historical legacy of the four highly decorated display cabinets, he has worked with contemporary designer Andrew Gillespie to design covers that will bring life to the space as they shift and settle over time.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free!

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/andrew-gillespie-co

Danh Võ, Fabulous Muscles, 2013. Writing by Phung Võ. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. Danh Võ, Porto

Danh Võ

  • 19 July — 28 September 2014 *on now

His artworks reflect on the paradoxes inherent in the construction of identity. His use of objects evokes the historical circumstances that shape contemporary life. “I don’t believe that things come from within you. To me things come out of the continuous dialogue you have with your surroundings,” he has said. Danh Võ was born on the island of Phu Quoc, South Vietnam in 1975 and eventually granted political asylum in Denmark, where he was raised. Since 2009 Võ has been collaborating with his father, Phung Võ, a skilled calligrapher, who has made new works for the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free!

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/danh-v%C3%B5

Film still. Gao Rang (Bitter Rice) Dir. Claude Grunspan, 2000. Image courtesy Wallonie Image Production

Film Season: Far From Vietnam - Grilled Rice

  • 12 August 2014 6:30-7:30pm

This series of free screenings reflects on Vietnam's history of colonialism, conflict and decolonisation, reference to which emerges in Danh Võ's work. The series combines external and internal perspectives, questions documentary truth and touches upon themes of sexuality, family and ritual.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/grilled-rice

Carol Rama, Autorattristatrice no.10, 1970. Courtesy of Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin. © Archivio Carol Rama, Torino

Wednesday Walkthrough - Victoria Tischler

  • 13 August 2014 12-12:45pm

Victoria Tischler, Professor of Behavioural Science at University of Nottingham, looks at the use of found objects in the exhibitions, and the emotional significance of things.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free. No need to book, just join us in the galleries!

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/victoria-tischler

Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989) Dir. Trinh T Min-ha. Image courtesy of Women Make Movies, www.wmm.com

Film Season: Far From Vietnam - Surname Viet Given Name Nam

  • 19 August 2014 6:30-8pm

This series of free screenings reflects on Vietnam's history of colonialism, conflict and decolonisation, reference to which emerges in Danh Võ's work. The series combines external and internal perspectives, questions documentary truth and touches upon themes of sexuality, family and ritual.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, book online.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/surname-viet-given-name-nam

Summer Holidays

Summer Holidays: Who Are We?

  • 19 — 24 August 2014

We’re asking the really big question Who Are We? And finding all sorts of answers through art. Pose with larger than life props, take a family photo and then see it online. Step into our mirror-pool and check your reflection. Help us build some mighty big artworks that will fill our ginormous space with colour. Tell us your own story – we can’t wait to hear it.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just drop in.

Closed on Mondays.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/families

Photography: Danh Vô, 2013 © Danh Võ and Archivio Carol Rama, Turin

Wednesday Walkthrough - Irene Aristizábal

  • 20 August 2014 12-12:45pm

Irene Aristizábal, Head of Exhibitions and curator of the shows, discusses the process of bringing the two artists together.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, no need to book, just join us in the galleries!

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/irene-aristiz%C3%A1bal

Family Friendly Screening: Watch it

Make it! Eat it! Watch it!

  • 25 August 2014 11am-3pm

Bring a picnic and create something special together, then sit back and enjoy a family film with us.

Make it!

Free drop-in workshop, everyone welcome.

11am -12.30pm

The Space

Free, drop-in

Eat it!

12.30pm - 1pm

The Space

Bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic with us.

After lunch there will be a 30 minute break so we can prepare the space for the film screening. Use this time to explore the galleries!

Watch it!

Family Friendly Screening

1.30pm start. Running Time: TBC

The Space

£3 Film screening per person, under 2 years free

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £3 per person, under 2 years free for film.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/make-it-eat-it-watch-it

Film still. 93 Years, 1383 Days. Dir Thi Trinh Nguyen (2008, 30mins). Image courtesy Thi Trinh Nguyen

Film Season: Far From Vietnam - Three Films by Thi Trinh Nguyen

  • 26 August 2014 6:30-8:30pm

Three films by Vietnamese filmmaker Thi Trinh Nguyen conclude our film season Far From Vietnam.

Spring Comes Winter After
(2009, 6mins)

93 Years, 1383 Days
(2008, 30mins)

Love Man Love Woman
(2007, 52mins)

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free, book online.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/thi-trinh-nguyen

Unmastered / Remastered

Appassionat* - Unmastered/Remastered

  • 17 September 2014 7:15-8:30pm

Katherine Angel’s collection of non-fiction writings on feminism and sexuality. Featuring the author in collaboration with The Blackburn Company

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free. Book online.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/unmastered-remastered

Open Barbers pop-up, 2013. Photo by Eva J. Gala © Open Barbers

Open Barbers

  • 24 September 2014 11am-6pm

They will create a positive space for individual identity – avoiding gender stereotypes and expectations based on physical appearance.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free to enter, pay what you can for service.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/open-barbers

'A Visual Discussion' by Bartram O'Neill 2012 photograph by Rebecca Gamble.

In Dialogue

  • 2 — 4 October 2014

Taking place over three days and incorporating presentations, performances and workshops, it will begin at Nottingham Contemporary and continue off-site at Backlit and Primary. Delegates are also considered to be participants, contributing to an ongoing exchange.

Admission

Free, book online.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/dialogue-2014

Agnieszka Polska, I Am the Mouth, (film still) 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Zak, Branicka, Berlin.

Agnieszka Polska

  • 18 October 2014 — 4 January 2015

Polish artist Agnieszka Polska is interested in the processes by which things come to be forgotten, whether through lack of archiving or deliberate political amnesia – particularly in the post-War era when communist societies became capitalist.

Her beautifully crafted animated videos revisit forgotten events in art or general history. She also examines how things are recreated in the present through myth, memory and imagination.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/agnieszka-polska

Raphael Hefti, from the series Lycopodium 2013. Courtesy the artist and Ancient&Modern

Coming Soon: Raphael Hefti

  • 18 October 2014 — 4 January 2015

Like a medieval alchemist Swiss artist Raphael Hefti uses industrial and scientific knowledge to wondrous effect. Originally trained as an engineer, he pushes physical, chemical and biological processes to their limits in making his extraordinary sculptures and photographs. He burns plant spores over photographic paper, so that the images look like exploding stars. By multiplying the processes used to make glass he creates beautiful sculptures. His work is minimalist, but suggests the cosmic.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/raphael-hefti

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.
Summer Holidays

Summer Holidays: Who Are We?

  • 1 — 3 August 2014 *on now

We’re asking the really big question Who Are We? And finding all sorts of answers through art. Pose with larger than life props, take a family photo and then see it online. Step into our mirror-pool and check your reflection. Help us build some mighty big artworks that will fill our ginormous space with colour. Tell us your own story – we can’t wait to hear it.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just drop in.

Closed on Mondays.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/families

Join us at The Beach

  • 6 August 2014 11:30am-2:30pm
  • 13 August 2014 11:30am-2:30pm
  • 20 August 2014 11:30am-2:30pm
  • 27 August 2014 11:30am-2:30pm

Every Wednesday during the summer holidays

At Nottingham Riviera, Old Market Square

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/join-us-beach

Film still. Far from Vietnam (Dir. Jean Luc-Godard, Joris Ivens et al) 1967. Image courtesy la Sofra Productions

Film Season: Far From Vietnam - The American War

  • 5 August 2014 6:30-8:30pm

Reference to Vietnam’s history of colonialism, conflict and decolonisation are a consistent aspect Võ’s work. This series of free screenings combines external and internal perspectives, questions documentary truth, and touches upon themes of sexuality, family and ritual.

What Farocki Taught
Jill Godmilow (1998, 30mins)

Far From Vietnam
Jean-Luc Godard, Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais, Agnes Varda. (1967, 115mins)

Admission

Free, book online.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/american-war

Summer Holidays

Summer Holidays: Who Are We?

  • 5 — 10 August 2014

We’re asking the really big question Who Are We? And finding all sorts of answers through art. Pose with larger than life props, take a family photo and then see it online. Step into our mirror-pool and check your reflection. Help us build some mighty big artworks that will fill our ginormous space with colour. Tell us your own story – we can’t wait to hear it.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just drop in.

Closed on Mondays.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/families

Summer Holidays

Summer Holidays: Who Are We?

  • 12 — 17 August 2014

We’re asking the really big question Who Are We? And finding all sorts of answers through art. Pose with larger than life props, take a family photo and then see it online. Step into our mirror-pool and check your reflection. Help us build some mighty big artworks that will fill our ginormous space with colour. Tell us your own story – we can’t wait to hear it.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just drop in.

Closed on Mondays.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/families

Summer Holidays

Summer Holidays: Who Are We?

  • 26 — 31 August 2014

We’re asking the really big question Who Are We? And finding all sorts of answers through art. Pose with larger than life props, take a family photo and then see it online. Step into our mirror-pool and check your reflection. Help us build some mighty big artworks that will fill our ginormous space with colour. Tell us your own story – we can’t wait to hear it.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just drop in.

Closed on Mondays.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/families

Image: www.foundland.info

Shut Up, Actually Talk

  • 27 August 2014 6-7pm

Fumai’s radical feminist freak-show sees the words of Italian philosopher Carla Lonzi’s Second Rivolta Femminile (Female Revolt) Manifesto channelled through the body of nineteenth century sideshow freak Zalumma Agra. For adult audiences. Free, limited capacity, booking required.

Other date:
28 September, 6pm

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, limited capacity, booking required

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/shut-actually-talk

Eanna O Ceallachain

Eanna O’Ceallachain

  • 3 September 2014 12-12:45pm

Eanna O Ceallchain, Senior Lecturer in Italian at the University of Glasgow, leads a tour of the Carol Rama exhibition looking at the relationship between Rama and her friend and collaborator, the avant-garde poet Edoardo Sanguineti (1930 - 2010).

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, no need to book, just join us in the galleries!

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/eanna-o-ceallachain

Danh Võ, Good Life, 2007. City Boys, Saigon, 1962. Collection Alpegiani, Torino.

Adam Carr

  • 17 September 2014 6-6:45pm

Adam Carr, Curator at Mostyn, is the author of numerous texts on Dan Võ's work and leads a tour of Võ's show drawing on his experience of working with the artist.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

No need to book, just join us in the galleries!

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/adam-carr

Image: www.foundland.info

Shut Up, Actually Talk

  • 28 September 2014 6-7pm

Fumai’s radical feminist freak-show sees the words of Italian philosopher Carla Lonzi’s Second Rivolta Femminile (Female Revolt) Manifesto channelled through the body of nineteenth century sideshow freak Zalumma Agra. For adult audiences. Free, limited capacity, booking required.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, limited capacity, booking required

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/shut-actually-talk

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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