Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Contemporary
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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

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.
Minerva Cuevas, Serie Hidrocarburos, 2007. Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City. Photograph: Michel Zabé and Omar Luis Olgurn.

Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas

  • 23 January — 15 March 2015 *on now

Focusing on the Americas, from the Arctic to the Andes, the exhibition explores the greatest challenge of our time – climate change.

This major exhibition includes sculpture, photographs, paintings and installations across all four of Nottingham Contemporary galleries including Subhankar Banerjee’s epic photographs of migratory caribou in northern Alaska, Fernando Palma Rodríguez’s animatronic Monarch butterflies, restoring life to a threatened species, Abel Rodriquez’s exquisite drawings of plants, recording indigenous environmental knowledge passed down through generations, and Paulo Nazareth’s delicate installations of materials collected during his journey, on foot, between Belo Horizonte and New York City.

Artists: Allora & Calzadilla, Eduardo Abaroa, Ala Plástica, Darren Almond, Marcos Avila Forero, Amy Balkin, Subhankar Banerjee, Mabe Bethônico, Ursula Biemann & Paulo Tavares, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Minerva Cuevas, Jimmie Durham, Harun Farocki, GIAP: Grupo de Investigación en Arte y Política (with Beatriz Aurora), Paulo Nazareth, The Otolith Group, Fernando Palma Rodríguez, Claire Pentecost, Abel Rodríguez, Miguel Angel Rojas, Walter Solón Romero.

Suitable for

  • Any age


 Glenn Ligon, Malcolm X #1 (small version #2), 2003. Courtesy the Rodney M. Miller Collection.

Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions

  • 3 April — 14 June 2015

This major exhibition includes Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joseph Beuys, Alighiero e Boetti, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Willem de Kooning, Steve McQueen, Bruce Nauman, Chris Ofili, Jackson Pollock, Sun Ra, Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol. It also includes photojournalism of the Civil Rights struggle.

A collaboration with Tate Liverpool.

Supported by Christie's.

Suitable for

  • Any age




 Paul Storr, George IV silver two-handled soup tureens and covers, date unknown. © Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth.

The Grand Tour: Pablo Bronstein at Nottingham Contemporary and Chatsworth

  • 3 July — 20 September 2015

The Grand Tour reinterprets world class collections through contemporary art across four venues in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. It is a partnership between Chatsworth, Derby Museums, The Harley Gallery and Nottingham Contemporary together with Experience Nottinghamshire and Visit Peak District and Derbyshire.

The Grand Tour has been funded as part of the Arts Council England and VisitEngland’s joint Cultural Destinations programme. For more information visit

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.
Families at Nottingham Contemporary

Family Weekends: January - March

  • 7 — 8 March 2015 11am-3pm
  • 14 — 15 March 2015 11am-3pm

11am - 3pm.

Free, no need to book.

Create recycled sculptures, fossilised objects and make your own mini garden to take home and tend.

Talk, create and chill together. Stay as long as you want.

“A great idea – it helped my children to be able to look at the art in more detail.” Family visitor
How to get to us

Discounted travel to families and groups on main bus operators and the tram,see our Visit webpage for more information.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13


Free, Drop In


Eduardo Abaroa, Celosía (madera), 2012. Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City

Three Ecologies

  • 5 March 2015 6:30-8:30pm

Thursday 5 February

Led by Andrew Goffey (University of Nottingham)

This session will focus on Felix Guattari’s Three Ecologies and employments thereof to address Animism and the nature / culture divide.

Thursday 19 February

Led by Eva Giraud (Keele University)

This session will explore issues and tensions surrounding representation and conservation and will focus on the issue of how environmental destruction can be challenged, without well-intentioned activists from the Global North trying to speak for indigenous populations.

Thursday 5 March

Led by Nic Beuret

Titled Cultures of Catastrophe, this session will focus on climate change and the language of catastrophe in popular and theoretical culture.

Places for these sessions are limited. If you would like to reserve a place please email Texts will be circulated in advance.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Places for these sessions are limited. If you would like to reserve a place please email


Light Night

Light Night

  • 6 February — 6 March 2015 *on now

Help create a heavenly host of shimmering butterflies. Make a pledge to live a little greener.

Find out more.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children




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