New Art Exchange

New Art Exchange
39-41 Gregory Boulevard
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG7 6BE
England

Website

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www.nae.org.uk

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info@nae.org.uk

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0115 924 8630

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0115 924 8638

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New Art Exchange in Hyson Green, Nottingham is the UK's largest visual arts space outside London dedicated to African, African Caribbean and Asian art. Housing galleries, performance space, artist studios, offices, as well as a cafe and shop.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive, Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00
Sat 10.00-17.00

Sun Closed

Admission charges

Admission: Free

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Sunil Shah: Uganda Stories

Sunil Shah: Uganda Stories

  • 17 January — 8 March 2015 *on now

Uganda Stories is both a subjective journey to recollect the past and a study in photography's documentary potential to reassemble history. In this exhibition, Sunil Shah explores very personal themes linked to his family's roots and heritage as Ugandan Asians, and offers wider narratives around exile, displacement and dispossession.

In 1972 Idi Amin expelled 80,000 Asians from Uganda. Shah was three years old when his family were made refugees and forced to endure an unexpected journey, leaving their lives and possessions behind and move to the UK.

Shah investigates the past and extracts fragments, narratives and meanings to construct his own family's tale. The exhibition also alludes to the fading of memories, the inherent incompleteness in representing history and to the legacies of colonialism.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nae.org.uk/exhibition/sunil-shah-uganda-stories/73

Chiara Dellerba: Who Are We? And Should It Matter In The 21st Century?

Chiara Dellerba: Who Are We? And Should It Matter In The 21st Century?

  • 17 January — 8 March 2015 *on now

Borrowing the title from writer Gary Younge's book with the same name, this exhibition reflects on the way in which our identities can be defined by bureaucratic systems devoid of individual stories.

Nottingham-based artist Chiara Dellerba, has created a wall drawing which grows out of one of the oldest methods of identification – fingerprints. Dellerba extends her images from the fingerprints, through hand drawn pencil lines, and in doing so, she strips the fingerprint of any bureaucratic and judicial meanings. Each pattern develops organically with the drawings, overlapping and merging with the others, metaphorically questioning the complexities who we are and whether it should matter in today's society.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nae.org.uk/exhibition/chiara-dellerba-who-are-we--and-should/74

Mahtab Hussain: The Commonality of Strangers

Mahtab Hussain: The Commonality of Strangers

  • 31 January — 12 April 2015 *on now

In this ambitious project, artist Mahtab Hussain combines photography and text to explore important relationships between identity, heritage and displacement that result from international migration - the truths of which are rarely revealed in the public realm.

In 2014 Hussain was commissioned by NAE to explore the socio-political context of its local neighbourhood. He spent his time exploring the streets and talking to those that live here. Hussain's immediate observation was the incredible diversity of communities living in Hyson Green. Over time individuals from these communities volunteered to sit for a portrait, to share their reflections on the local area and the issues important to them.

Whilst diverse in their cultural heritage, what emerged from Hussain's research with these individuals was a shared experience of living as a migrant community. Regardless of their culture or country of origin, when Hussian's sitters described what brought them to the UK, they presented a collective account that often spoke of poverty, persecution, violence and the hope of a better life.

These voices and stories have come together to form The Commonality of Strangers, and in stark contrast to the negative image of the migrant painted by certain politicians, the collection serves to contextualise and humanise the migrant story, urging viewers to move beyond widely held stereotypes and assumptions.

The Commonality of Strangers also brings to the fore the voices of the established and longstanding residents of Hyson Green. Here Hussain tests if the lived experience of a multi-cultural society indeed marries with the problems and challenges of multiculturalism often emphasised in the political arena.

Despite the enormity of the subject matter, Hussain has chosen to present the portraits with an everyday lightness. Through the collection we see young people 'hanging out', communities gathering to socialise, people going about their daily work. By presenting everyday scenarios we all can easily relate to, Hussain is asking the viewer to consider the commonality of mankind's wants and needs whilst emphasising that the veneer of everyday life can easily veil the immense struggles and the deeper, hidden contexts in which people live and have lived.

NAE will deliver a range of events to explore the important subject matter stimulated by The Commonality of Strangers.

Website

http://www.nae.org.uk/exhibition/mahtab-hussain-the-commonality-of/71

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