Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Contemporary
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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


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.
'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.


Free, book online.


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


Free, just turn up.


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

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
  • Family friendly




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.
photograph of woman in ww1 clothing

Trent to Trenches: My Story

  • 25 October 2014 11am-3pm

100 years on we continue to remember the events of the First World War and the stories of those who lived during that time.

Work with a storyteller and the play and learn team at Nottingham Contemporary to create a huge book of memories to record moments from your life that could be shared with others during the next 100 years.

A free drop-in family activity for all age.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • 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