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 - Saturday 10am - 6pm
Bank Holidays 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.
Otobong Nkanga, Wetin you go do? Photo by Blaise Adilo.

Otobong Nkanga

  • 15 October 2016 — 8 January 2017 *on now

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 *on now

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.

Lubaina Himid, A Fashionable Marriage, 1986. Photograph by Denise Swanson. Courtesy of Hollybush Gardens.

The Place Is Here

  • 3 February — 30 April 2017

During 1980s Britain, a significant movement of Black artists, film makers, thinkers and institutions explored their relationship with Britain’s colonial past. Examining the politics of the time they explored different forms of resistance, expression and identity, in works that are highly resonant today.

The exhibition is a partnership with the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven

Suitable for

  • Any age
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.

October Half Term family activities at Nottingham Contemporary

  • 15 — 30 October 2016 *on now

Sat 15 - Fri 28 Oct: Patchwork Earth
Free family workshops every day during half term.
Be inspired by Otobong Nkanga and make an enormous tactile artwork with fabrics and natural materials.

Fri 21 Oct: Take part in our creative activities and enjoy some children’s cartoons from Ni-geria that celebrate the country’s history and culture.

11am – 3pm, just drop-in
Closed Mondays

Sat 29 - Sun 30 Oct: Liquid Human and other potions
Create arty potions and poisons by mixing together all kinds of yucky stuff - a great way to celebrate Halloween!

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
 'Rear Window' (1954) dir. Alfred Hitchcock  'Rear Window' (1954) dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Voyeurtopia: The Screen at Contemporary 19 Oct 2016 - 28 Dec 2016

  • 19 October — 21 December 2016 *on now

Films about watching and being watched. Spies, surveillance, peepshows & peeping toms explored by some of cinemas most innovative visionaries.

Being John Malkovich (2000) dir. Spike Jonze Wed 19 Oct, 6.30pm.

Peeping Tom (1960) dir. Michael Powell Wed 26 Oct, 6.30pm.

The Conversation (1974) dir. Francis Ford Coppola Wed 2 Nov, 7pm.

Blow Up (1966) dir. Michelangelo Antonioni Wed 9 Nov, 6.30pm.

Rear Window (1954) dir. Alfred Hitchcock Wed 16 Nov, 6.30pm.

Lost Highway (1997) dir. David Lynch Wed 30 Nov, 7pm.

Wings of Desire (1987) dir. Wim Wenders Wed 7 Dec, 6.30pm.

We Live in Public (2009) dir. Ondi Timoner Wed 14 Dec, 7pm.

Eyes Wide Shut (1999) dir. Stanley Kubrick Wed 21 Dec, 6.30pm.

Stay tuned for our Halloween cinema & music experience and Christmas specials.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Tickets £5 per screening. Available online, at reception and by calling 0115 948 9750


Marguerite Humeau, exhibition view, FOXP2, 2016, Palais de Tokyo. Photo Spassky Fischer.

Wednesday Walkthroughs: On Marguerite Humeau and Otobong Nkanga's exhibitions

  • 19 October — 14 December 2016 *on now

19 Oct, 2pm
Angelica Sule and Nicola Guy, Nottingham Contemporary Assistant Curators will talk about the ideas behind Marguerite Humeau’s and Otobong Nkanga’s exhibitions.

2 Nov, 6pm
Dr Isla Forsyth, University of Nottingham. Isla's research interests are in cultural and his-torical geography, critical military geography and more-than-human geographies. She will give a talk within the context of Otobong’s exhibition.

16 Nov, 2pm
Dr Ben Elliott, University of York, is an archaeologist who has collaborated with artist Mar-guerite Humeau in previous projects. His research interests reside in the ways people un-derstood and engaged with animals in the Mesolithic, and the way people use animal mate-rials. He is also interested in the sounds that animals make within a landscape.

30 Nov, 6pm
Dr Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, Leicester University. Maria has extensive expertise in soil science and post-colonial studies, she will give a talk within the context of Otobong Nkanga’s exhibition.

14 Dec, 2pm
Dr Lisa Yon, University of Nottingham. Lisa is interested in the health, welfare and conser-vation of captive and free-living wildlife, with a particular focus on elephants. She will give a talk within the context of Marguerite Humeau's exhibition.

And don't forget about the Spot Talks delivered by our Gallery Assistants!

Suitable for

  • Any age


Meet at Reception. Drop in. Free.


Martin Alvarado and Mikko Helenius

Martín Alvarado & Mikko Helenius

  • 22 October 2016 8-11pm *on now

“The world need to experience this extreme form of aural pleasure… totally mesmerising, a tango epiphany.” Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction presenter
“Completely beguiling tenor” BBC Radio 3
“One of the most renowned voices in tango in the world” - La Radio 2×4, Buenos Aires
"The best voice in Buenos Aires" Hector de Rosas, former singer with Astor Piazzolla
“A genuine tanguero and well worth a listen” Songlines magazine
“Indisputably one of the world's finest vocalists.” – DJ Ritu, A World in London, Resonance RM
“Glorious vocal phrasing … a masterclass in vocal expression” Derby Telegraph

Suitable for

  • 18+


live film score to daughter of horror

Daughter of Horror with Live soundtrack from 8mm Orchestra

  • 28 October 2016 8pm-9:45am

''Do you know what horror is?” A brand new soundtrack, written and performed live by 8mm Orchestra for a truly demented, genuine cult oddity: a psychosexual, reefer-crazed experiment in silent cinema, resembling a lost collaboration between Ingmar Bergman and Ed Wood, following a psychotic woman's horrific journey across one night.

8mm Orchestra are an instrumental alternative rock band from Nottingham. Formed when founding member George Darby required semi-improvised music to accompany 8mm film footage as part of a university art project, the band have been a fixture of the Nottingham live music circuit ever since. Fresh from two successful soundtrack scores written and performed by the band for Mayhem Film Festival in 2013 (‘The Unknown’, dir Tod Browning 1927) and 2014 (‘Daughter of Horror’ aka ‘Dementia’, dir John Parker 1955) the band have just released their forth official EP, their first on vinyl.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£10 available in our shop or call 0155 948 9750


Nottingham Contemporary are heading to Louisiana to party like it's 1899!

Marie Laveau's Dance of the Dead

  • 29 October 2016 7:30pm-1am

Calling all zombies, tarot readers, snake charmers, loas, devils and demons -
Nottingham Contemporary are heading to Louisiana to party like it's 1899!

Featuring live music from the evangelical peddlers of post-punk exotica, Melt Yourself Down - an unholy communion of North African influences and shamanic vocals.

Plus performance, film, poetry, Voodoo Doughnuts from the Nottingham Doughnut Company and prizes for the best costumes from Veddett.

Cross our palms with silver and we predict a great party in your future.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£12 advance £16 on the door


Craft. Fair. Contemporary.

Craft. Fair. Contemporary.

  • 2 — 4 December 2016

Drop in for family craft activities, live music and seasonal food and drink in the Plus special offers and discounts in our shop.

Friday 2 December 6pm - 8.30pm
Join us for an evening preview with live music, mince pies and mulled wine

Saturday 3 December 10am - 6pm

Sunday 4 December 11am - 5pm

Free Entry.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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.