New Art Exchange

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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:

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.
In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain 2, diasec, 100x200cm, Larissa Sansour, 2014

Larissa Sansour: In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain

  • 15 January — 13 March 2016 *on now

Artist Larissa Sansour was born in Jerusalem and her practice is underscored by the urgency of Palestine's political problems. She typically deploys dry wit and pop culture references in her work as a means of cutting through cultural divides and connecting the international community with the universal relevance of this situation. Allusions to comic strips, sit coms and Hollywood films feature heavily throughout Sansour's previous works, however this exhibition focuses specifically on her more recent exploration into the genre of sci-fi.

The exhibition begins with A Space Exodus (2009). Inspired by Stanley Kubric's iconic film, with a nod towards Neil Armstrong's moon walk, the piece depicts a female Palestinian astronaut travelling to the extremities of outer space in order to claim land for her nation. Palestinauts (2010), a collection of toy-like astronauts bearing the Palestinian flag on their space suits, swarm the gallery, playfully extending the dialogue around power and colonisation. In the film installation Nation Estate (2012) Sansour's use of irony and humour continues, however here she also introduces fantastical CGI aesthetics to showcase the absurdity and surrealism of Palestine's situation. The film explores a vertical solution to Palestinian's diminishing claim to land – their own state in the form of a single skyscraper with a floor dedicated to each Palestinian city.

The show concludes with Sansour's newest work in film, In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain (2015). Addressing the politics of archaeology, this piece depicts a resistance group on the brink of the apocalypse, burying elaborate porcelain which is suggested to belong to this entirely fictional civilisation. Their aim is to influence history and support future claims to their vanishing lands. Once unearthed, this tableware will prove the existence of this counterfeit people. By implementing a myth of its own, their work becomes a historical intervention – de facto creating a nation.

In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain is co-commissioned by FLAMIN Productions through Film London Artists' Moving Image Network with funding from Arts Council England; New Art Exchange; Bluecoat, Liverpool; Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton; and The Mosaic Rooms, A.M.Qattan Foundation, London; with support from Doha Film Institute; The Danish Arts Council, Arts Council England, Iambic Film, Knud Højgaards Fond and Contemporary Art Platform – Kuwait. Produced by Spike Film and Video, Bristol.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE

Website

http://www.nae.org.uk/exhibition/larissa-sansour-in-the-future-they-ate/96

The Necessary Practice, Tom Morley, 2015

The Necessary Practice

  • 23 January — 20 March 2016 *on now

The Necessary Practice examines the difficulties that many graduates face in securing employment in line with their artistic education or talent. Through a body of portraits and a series of interviews with the participants, the exhibition considers how many seek to support their artistic practice through employment outside of the creative industries. Curated by Nikoo Nikkar Esfahani and photographed by Tom Morley, The Necessary Practice brings together artists from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds. The project aims to promote the hidden ambitions and talents that otherwise go unseen, offering a new perspective to the viewer whilst also giving creative practitioners a new platform to promote themselves and their work.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE

Website

http://www.nae.org.uk/exhibition/the-necessary-practice/98

Hyson Green Flat (courtesy of Nottingham post)

Hyson Green Workshops: Citizen Design Action

  • 23 January — 20 March 2016 *on now

In this exhibition, designer Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, explores a fascinating citizen-led project that emerged in NAE's local neighbourhood in the 1970s; The Hyson Green Workshop Units. The Hyson Green Flats were a residential tower block that stood on the site behind NAE where ASDA is now located. Faced with ill-considered planning and architectural flaws of mass social housing, the active citizens of the flats, spearheaded by the Hyson Green Tenants Association, reacted by devising alternative modes of co-designing their own environment. Together, the group fought to transform the disused and problematic garages, situated underneath the flats, into spaces for cultural expression, community activity and economic growth. Bringing together new and existing archival materials, oral histories and artefacts, the exhibition will present a comprehensive overview of this movement. In addition, the gallery will transform into a creative space through hosting a programme of community-led workshops and we host a panel discussion to explore the social role of citizen design activism and maker spaces today.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE

Website

http://www.nae.org.uk/exhibition/hyson-green-workshops-citizen-design/97

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

Website

Official Website

www.nae.org.uk

Twitter

twitter.com/newartexchange

E-mail

General Information

info@nae.org.uk

Corporate Hire

bookings@nae.org.uk

Telephone

Switchboard

0115 924 8630

Box Office

0115 924 8630

Corporate Hire

0115 924 8638

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