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.
Peter Anderson

October Half Term

  • 18 October — 2 November 2014 *on now

Sat 18 Oct – Sun 2 Nov
(Closed on Mondays)
11am – 3pm
Free

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.

All activities are free. No need to book, just drop-in 11am - 3pm.

Animated Pictures
Sat 18 & Sun 19 October
The Studio
We’ll be bringing old gardening books to life by making moving pictures.

Half Term: Mystic Garden
Tues 21 – Fri 24 October
The Space
We’ll be using collage techniques to create a landscape of incredible plants.

My Story
Sat 25 & Sun 26 October
The Space
Work with a storyteller to grow a Memory Tree and record moments from your life that could be shared with others during the next 100 years. This event is part of Eleven Eleven Eleven - a community project recording perspectives of the First World War, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Mystic Garden Grows!
Tues 28 – Fri 31 October
The Space
Our Mystic Garden continues to grow with 3D fruit and wildlife. Drop in and make some with us.

Mirror Mouth
Sat 1 & Sun 2 November
The Studio
Make our Mirror Mouth speak by creating a hypnotic soundtrack for our Mystic Garden.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 0-4
  • 11-13
  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly
COLLABOR-8

COLLABOR-8

  • 25 October 2014 6:30-9:30pm

Bringing 15 - 25 year olds together
6.30 - 9.30 pm
The Space
Free

Drop in and relax in our spaces.

Art, visuals, music and more, hosted by 15 - 25 year olds for 15 - 25 year olds.

Free music in Cafe.bar.Contemporary from 9pm. Bring your friends along too.

Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @collabor_8

Or find out ways of getting involved on our website http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/



COLLABOR-8 is part of Circuit a national programme connecting 15-25 year olds to the arts in galleries and museums. Led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free

Website

http://nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/collabor-8-2

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

Website

http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/eleven

Hornsey Film

The Hornsey Film

  • 28 October 2014 6:30pm-4:30am

Directed by Patricia Holland 1970

Tue 28 October

6.30pm – 8pm

Free. The Space.

1968 art student revolt re-lived by the students, reconstructing the events that led to the occupation of Hornsey College of Art in 1968. Directed by Patricia Holland and introduced by Claire Louise Staunton, Director at Flat Time House, London.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Peter Anderson

Family Weekends: November

  • 1 — 30 November 2014

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

Raphael Hefti

Raphael Hefti Live!

  • 5 November 2014 6:30-8pm

Wed 5 November

6.30pm - 8pm

Free

Raphael Hefti has an explosively experimental approach to producing his artworks - sometimes literally. For this special live event on Bonfire Night, he will stage a new performance at Nottingham Contemporary.

Book online or call us on 0115 948 9750.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/events-special-events-0

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
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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