Nottingham Contemporary

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 - Saturday 10am - 6pm
Bank Holidays 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.
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States of America

  • 16 September — 26 November 2017

A major exhibition from over three decades of America photography, featuring iconic urban images that span from coast to coast. Photographers in the exhibition include:
Diane Arbus, Mark Cohen, William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, Danny Lyon, Mary Ellen Mark, and Stephen Shore.
The exhibition explores a time when a new generation of photographers experimented with innovative approaches to documentary photography.

This exhibition is a collaboration with the Wilson Centre for Photography.

Suitable for

  • 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.

The Study Sessions

  • 30 May — 25 July 2017 *on now

This series of study sessions will explore notions of ‘opacity’, ‘imperceptibility’ and ‘disappearance’ from a number of different perspectives, and in relation to questions of ethics, politics and aesthetics.
The Right to Opacity: Glissant and Beyond, with David Eckersley – Tue 30 May, 6.30-8.30pm
Informatic Opacity, with Zach Blas – Tue 13 June, 6.30-8.30pm
The Identity of Non-Identity: Antimonies of Clandestinity and Appearance, with John Cunningham – Tue 27 June, 6.30-8.30pm
Starting From the Self to Depart From the Self, with Helena Reckitt – Tue 11 July 6.30-8.30pm
Unwriting the Author, with David Eckersley – Tue 25 July, 6.30-8.30pm
In collaboration with Centre for Critical Theory, University of Nottingham and M3C


New Institutionalities

  • 20 June — 20 July 2017 *on now

New Institutionalities #1: Coloniality and politics of display
Tue 20 June, 6.30-8.30pm
If museums represent one of the most effective technologies through which modernity and coloniality are constituted, what is the potential of epistemodiversity to transform research methodologies and art institutions? Speakers include Clementine Deliss & Elvira Dyangani Ose, chaired by Maria Iñigo Clavo.

New Institutionalities #2: Feminist curating: an active network?
Thu 13 July, 6.30-8.30pm
Evening discussion exploring feminist curatorial practise in the art world today. Speakers include Laurence Rassel, Helena Reckitt and Anne Ellegood, chaired by Lara Perry.
In collaboration with FCU (Feminist Curators United)

New Institutionalities #3: Public Programming? Social movements and solidarity
Thu 20 July, Study Day, 11am-5pm
By bringing into dialogue practitioners from Southern Europe and the UK, this study day will ask how cultural workers can begin to refuse, formulate demands, organise and move from the programming of political content to the production of new forms of intervention and solidarity.

Public Discussion & Film Screening
Thu 20 6-8.30pm
Presentations, discussion and screening of Alcaldessa (Ada for Mayor), a documentary following the steps of activist Ada Colau, from her time organising the anti-eviction protests in Spain to becoming Barcelona’s mayor.
In collaboration with Middlesex University and Goldsmiths.

Qtipocalypse Performance Night

  • 19 August 2017 8pm-1am

A night of reckoning, confrontation, loudness and proudness. With music, spoken word, open mic and DJs. Led by QTIPoC Notts and Not Your Model Minority.

South Asian Sexualities Film Screening

  • 19 August 2017 4-6pm

Screening of Ka Bodyscapes and Poshida followed by Q&A with directors Jayan Cherian and Faizan Fiaz, chaired by Humaira Saeed.


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

Nottingham Contemporary
Weekday Cross




0115 948 9750

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.