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.
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 *on now

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

Raphael Hefti

  • 18 October 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

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

Admission

Free.

Website

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

Allora & Calzadilla, 2 hose petrified Petrol Pump, 2012 (detail).

Coming Soon: Rights of Nature: Art, Ecology and the Americas

  • 23 January — 15 March 2015

"Our economic model is at war with life on Earth” (Naomi Klein). Over fifteen artists confront the planetary crisis as it plays out across the Americas. From the Andes to the Arctic.

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 activities. Photo by Gary Hope

October Half Term

  • 1 — 2 November 2014 11am-3pm *on now

Join us over the October half term to create a mystic garden. We’ll create a landscape of incredible plants and grow 3D fruit. We'll bring old gardening books to life, grow a memory tree with the help of a visiting storyteller and fill our garden with wildlife and sound.

On Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 November come along and make our mirror mouth speak by creating a hypnotic soundtrack for our mystic garden.

All activities are free. No need to book, just drop-in 11:00 to 15:00.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 0-4
  • 11-13
  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly
Gallery Walkthrough

Gallery Tours

  • 5 November 2014 12-12:45pm
  • 19 November 2014 12-12:45pm
  • 3 December 2014 12-12:45pm
  • 17 December 2014 6-6:45pm

The walkthroughs focus on selected artworks and ideas in the exhibition with plenty of time for discussion.

22 October: Members of Nottingham Contemporary’s exhibitions team open our season of tours and describe the process of working with both artists to realise shows.

5 November: Paul Kneale, Artist and collaborator of Raphael Hefti

19 November: Fatos Ustek, Associate Curator, 10th Gwangju Biennale

3 December: Ewa Mazierska, Lecturer in European Cinema, University of Central Lancashire

17 December: Emma Cocker, Reader in Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

http://nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/wednesday-walkthrough-hefti-polska

Peter Anderson

Family Weekends: November

  • 1 — 30 November 2014 *on now

Our events are free and all ages are welcome, 11am – 3pm, just drop in
Mirror Mouth

Sat 1 & Sun 2 November
Make our Mirror Mouth speak by creating a hypnotic soundtrack for our Mystic Garden.
Masks of Myth and Legend

Sat 8 & Sun 9 November
We’ll be making masks of people who changed the world. Join up with another family, put people together and re-write history.

Factory of Art
Sat 15 & Sun 16 November
Start work on our creative production line and make art by testing materials. We’ll be stamping, cutting, coating, punching over and over again.
Fabulous Moving Works of Art

Sat 22 & Sun 23 November
Create beautiful, unexpected works of art - think 2D lava lamp projections.
Job Mash-Up

Sat 29 & Sun 30 November
Raphael Hefti is an engineer, photographer, alchemist artist! Mix up jobs and create new work for people to do.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
Cafe Scientifique

Cafe Scientifique

  • 4 November 2014 6:30-8:30pm

Tue 4 November

6.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Free. Cafe.Bar

Martyn Poliakoff, Research Professor of Chemistry, The University of Nottingham, considers the accidental reaction in response to Raphael Hefti’s art.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/cafe-scientifique

Vika Nightingale.

Get Involved Monthly Workshops

  • 7 November 2014 6-8pm
  • 14 November 2014 6-8pm
  • 21 November 2014 6-8pm

Get creative and be part of monthly art and music socials, hosted by young people, for young people.

Here’s how it will work:

• From November, you will be able to sign up to a month of free Get Involved workshops. These will be led by a different guest artist each month, so you can pick and choose depending on your interests

• Over the course of the month, you will meet weekly with your group to make art, and work towards planning a COLLABOR-8 social on the last Saturday of the month. This will aim to attract lots of other young people to the gallery

• You can sign up to as many Get Involved monthly sessions as you like. It is the chance to work on a creative project in a relaxed, collaborative and friendly environment

• Or simply come along to the monthly COLLABOR-8 socials for art and music from emerging bands, all for free!

• No previous experience in making art is needed, and the month-long Get Involved programmes are open to everyone aged 15-25

• Sign up at the monthly COLLABOR-8 socials or get in touch with Alice

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free. Please email alice@nottinghamcontemporary.org to sign up!

Michel Foucault

Foucault, Subjectivity and Truth

  • 12 November 2014 6:30-8pm

Wed 12 November

6.30pm – 8pm

Stuart Elden, University of Warwick, on his book Foucault’s Last Decade.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Jaramn Award

Jarman Award Touring Programme

  • 20 November 2014 From 6:30pm

Thu 20 November

6.30pm – 9pm (with an interval)

Free. The Space

A selection of single screen film works by the ten artists shortlisted for this year's prestigious Jarman Award: John Akomfrah, Sebastian Buerkner, Laura Buckley, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Steven Claydon, Redmond Entwistle, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Ursula Mayer, Rachel Reupke and Stephen Sutcliffe.

Artist Ursula Mayer will be in conversation following the screening of her work.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Fur Bizmuth Spiny Oyster

Fur, Bizmuth and Spiny Oyster

  • 25 — 27 November 2014

Tue 25- Thus 27 November

10am – 7pm

Free. The Space.

A moving image installation by artist Zoe Fothergill, Fur, Bizmuth & Spiny Oyster, comprises three film works which explore the internet phenomenon of ASMR (Auto Sensory Meridian Response).

Zoe Fothergill will be In Conversation with Michael Banissy, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, whose research interests include synaesthesia and aspects of non invasive brain stimulation. Tue 25 Nov, 6.30pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age
The Philosophy of Time

The Philosophy of Time

  • 2 December 2014 From 6:30pm

Tue 2 December

6.30pm – 8pm

Free. The Space

Do objects exist only in the present? Jonathan Tallant, Head of the Department of Philosophy, The University of Nottingham, introduces the philosophy of time.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/philosophy-time

Klara Kemp-Welch

Awangarda: The Polish Art Scene

  • 9 December 2014 6:30-8pm

Tue 9 December

6.30pm – 8pm

Free. The Space.

Klara Kemp-Welch, Lecturer in 20th Century Modernism at The Courtauld Institute of Art, on the work of Agnieszka Polska in the wider context of radical Polish art history.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Filmoteka Pharmacy

Filmoteka

  • 11 December 2014 12-8pm

Tue 11 December

12pm – 8pm

Free. The Space.

A glimpse at the rich history of experimental Polish film. Includes Agnieszka Polska.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Centre for Critical Theory, University of Nottingham

The Meanings of Memory

  • 12 December 2014 9:30am-4:30pm

Vital Theory is an annual symposium organised by postgraduate students at the University of Nottingham’s Centre for Critical Theory. Now in its fourth year, participants will present on ideas of memory and commemoration. In contrast to reflections on the past, speakers also look to the future and consider how the digital age might affect our right to be forgotten. With keynotes by Tracey Potts and Andrew Goffey, the day culminates with an ‘anti-market’ where theorists are advertised, concepts are traded and knowledge is shared.

The Vital Theory Symposium is presented in collaboration with the Centre for Critical Theory, University of Nottingham.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free

Website

http://nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/meanings-memory

Michel Foucault

How We Behave

  • 10 — 17 January 2015

Sat 10 – Sat 17 January

How We Behave, an installation in The Space, is inspired by Foucault’s question “Why can’t life be the material for a work of art?”

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

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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