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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.
Gallery, Artist studio or collective
Tuesday - Friday 10am - 7pm
Bank Holidays and Saturdays 10am - 6pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm
Closed on Mondays, except Bank Holidays during exhibitions.
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.
- Any age
Family Weekends: January - March
- 31 January — 1 February 2015
- 7 — 8 February 2015 11am-3pm
- 14 — 15 February 2015 11am-3pm
- 21 — 22 February 2015 11am-3pm
- 28 February — 1 March 2015
- 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.
Free, Drop In
- 31 January 2015 6:30-9:30pm
Drop in between 6.30pm - 9.30pm and join a workshop with our young people and special guest artist Sam Metz. Or just relax in our spaces. They'll be free mocktails and snacks.
Free music in Cafe.Bar.Contemporary from 9pm. Bring your friends along too
- 3 February 2015 6:30-8:30pm
Can climate change be seen to create opportunities? And if so, for whom? A gathering of those with a stake in the environmental debate provides an informal space for discussion and debate on issues relating to capitalism, climate change and activism. The atmosphere is open and audiences are encouraged to ask questions.
Convened in collaboration with Rebecca Beinart and David Bell, guest speakers include Out of the Woods Collective and Platform, London.
- Any age
The Truth Behind the Dash for Gas
- 4 February 2015 6:30-8pm
This film examines the potential impacts of fracking and coal bed methane extraction in Somerset and beyond. It includes the social, health and environmental consequences associated with unconventional gas drilling.
- Any age
- 5 February 2015 6:30-8:30pm
- 19 February 2015 6:30-8:30pm
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Texts will be circulated in advance.
- Any age
Places for these sessions are limited. If you would like to reserve a place please email email@example.com.
- 6 February — 6 March 2015
Help create a heavenly host of shimmering butterflies. Make a pledge to live a little greener.
Find out more.
- Family friendly
- Especially for children
Art & Oil
- 11 February 2015 6:30-8:30pm
A conversation about how artists and cultural institutions engage in issues related to oil. Presented in collaboration with the Politicised Practice Research Group and Anarchist Research Group, Loughborough University.
- Any age
February Half Term Activities
- 17 — 20 February 2015
Tue 17 Feb – Fri 20 Feb (Closed Mon)
11am – 3pm
Become an investigator in our Eco-Research Station.
Free, drop in.
Provocations of Gaia With Isabelle Stengers
- 17 February 2015 From 6:30pm
Human-centred perspectives on the planet have annexed other ways of knowing, knowing that is situated between species, between natural and human entities, between disciplines and between writing and action.
Leading philosopher and eco-feminist Isabelle Stengers reclaims knowledge based in magic, sorcery and animism and proposes a de-colonisation of thought from the rational tradition to engage in ethical, provocative and anti-capitalist environmental actions.
- Any age
Family Film: The Lorax (PG)
- 21 February 2015 3-4:30pm
Enjoy a screening Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, a film which brings the plight of the environment to life for children through captivating characters.
Sat 21 Feb
3pm - 4.30pm
£3pp (under 2's free)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org