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 - Friday 10am - 7pm
Bank Holidays and Saturdays 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.
 Glenn Ligon, Malcolm X #1 (small version #2), 2003. Courtesy the Rodney M. Miller Collection.

Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions

  • 3 April — 14 June 2015 *on now

Glenn Ligon is one of the most significant American artists of his generation. For this exhibition he has brought together the work of 45 major artists – many of them referred to in his art or writing – from the late 1940s to the present day, including work by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Cy Twombly, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol and Bruce Nauman. Encounters and Collisions also includes key examples of Ligon’s own work. Like Ligon, their work often deals with the shifting experience of American identity, examining loaded questions around language, power, race, gender and sexuality. Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions is a collaboration between Nottingham Contemporary and Tate Liverpool.

Suitable for

  • Any age




 Paul Storr, George IV silver two-handled soup tureens and covers, date unknown. © Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth.

The Grand Tour: Pablo Bronstein at Nottingham Contemporary and Chatsworth

  • 3 July — 20 September 2015

The Grand Tour reinterprets world class collections through contemporary art across four venues in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. It is a partnership between Chatsworth, Derby Museums, The Harley Gallery and Nottingham Contemporary together with Experience Nottinghamshire and Visit Peak District and Derbyshire.

The Grand Tour has been funded as part of the Arts Council England and VisitEngland’s joint Cultural Destinations programme. For more information visit

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 in our galleries

Family Weekends

  • 3 April — 4 June 2015 *on now

3 - 6 April
Metallic Portraits
11am – 3pm, Free
Create unusual 3D ‘portraits’ with assorted metallic objects.

11 and 12 April
A New You!
11am – 3pm, Free
Create an alternative family album then don a disguise to create a new you!

18 and 19 April
Sweet Things Exchange
11am – 3pm, Free
Make a mountain of ‘sweets’ and share secret messages of positivity – fortune cookie style!

25 and 26 April
11am – 3pm, Free
Come and make 2D artworks with all kinds of things – as long as it’s black!

2 and 3 May
Body Printing
11am – 3pm, Free
Be inspired by the work of David Hammons and make your own body prints.

9 and 10 May
Cut-up Words
11am – 3pm, Free
Get playful with words and stencils to make your own wordy works of art

16 and 17 May
Cable Art
11am – 3pm, Free
Make art with cables!

23 and 24 May
Colour Block Portraits and Poems
11am – 3pm, Free
Make colourful Warhol inspired portraits then play with words and make crazy colour-filled poems

30 and 31 May
Word Craft
11am – 3pm, Free
Make text filled artworks with textiles.

May Half Term
23 - 31 May
11am – 3pm, Free
Space and Studio
Make colourful Warhol inspired portraits, crazy colour-filled poems and beautiful textile text



  • 22 April — 3 June 2015 *on now

Walkthrough, Wed 22 April, 6pm – 6.45pm
Alex Farquharson, Director of Nottingham Contemporary, leads our opening tour. Free. No need to book.

Walkthrough, Wed 13 May, 12noon – 12.45pm
Mark Rawlinson, Department of Art History, The University of Nottingham on Abstract Expressionism and the Civil Rights movement. Free. No need to book

Walkthrough, Wed 27 May, 12noon – 12.45pm
Simon Weaver, (Loughborough University) on Richard Pryor's politicized use of humour.

Walkthrough, Wed 3 June, 6pm – 6.45pm
Writer and curator Daniella Rose King on the social history of art and moments of resistance. Free. No need to book. Just join us.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free, no need to book.

 PopeL,William, White People Are Angles On Fire, 2004. The Studio Museum in Harlem

The Study Sessions: Encounters and Collisions

  • 7 May — 11 June 2015 *on now

Thu May 7

Prof Celeste-Marie Bernier: African American Art and Influences

Thu May 14

Prof. Sharon Monteith: Civil Rights Photojournalism and Open Letters on Race and Rights

Thu May 28

Prof. Sharon Monteith: Text Paintings and Speech Acts: Literary Encounters

Thu June 11

Prof Richard King: Representation and Abstraction: Politics and the Body


Please note that places for these sessions are limited, if you would like reserve a place please email

 Glenn Ligon, Study for Condition Report (Glenn Ligon and Michael Duffy), 1997. Collection of the artist. Photograph Ron Amstutz

I Am A Man, At the River I Stand

  • 9 June 2015 6:30-8:30pm

Spring 1968 marked the dramatic climax of the Civil Rights movement, and the assassination of Martin Luther King. Reconstruction of the national conflagration that followed a strike by Memphis sanitation workers.


Free, booking required.


 © The ...And Beyond Institute for Future Research

At the Intersections

  • 10 June 2015 6:30-8pm

A think tank led by artist Sonya Dyer – presents an exploration of intersectionality, and the
Black, female body in time and space.


Free, booking required.


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

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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.