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.
El Zeft Nazeer and Layla Kasr, El Aini wall

Fighting Walls: Street Art in Egypt and Iran + a rebel scene

  • 1 October — 18 December 2016 *on now

From the legend of Robin Hood, to the Luddite rebellion, public campaigns against the Poll Tax and inner-city deprivation, to the establishment of the first UK Chapter of Black Lives Matter; the people of Nottingham have an established history of civil resistance and political defiance.

Commissioned by NAE to reflect the current debates within our city's activist network, artists Kajal Nisha Patel and Sunil Shah present a mixed-media installation created in dialogue with local advocacy groups. Their project, titled a rebel scene addresses the concept of space, be that mental, physical or virtual, as a discursive realm where political ideas can be cultivated. They explore how activists appropriate these spaces in order to challenge and change the status quo.

Our interest in space as a political tool continues beyond Nottingham to the streets of Tehran and Cairo in a photography exhibition titled Fighting Walls: Street Art In Egypt And Iran. Here we explore how the urban skin of these cities has become a battleground between the authorities and the people. Whilst the walls and public spaces of Tehran and Cairo are largely dominated by state ideological narratives, in more recent years, a new generation of politically engaged graffiti artists have started a relentless battle for reclaiming ownership of the streets. Through striking images, Fighting Walls examines graffiti not only as a form of social protest but also as a creative language which addresses the masses by embracing contemporary socio-political issues.

The exhibitions are accompanied by our events programme. This includes: a panel discussion for a rebel scene with Nottingham activist groups and the artists; an exhibition tour with a rebel scene artists; and Walls of Freedom further exploring Egyptian and Iranian mural art.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE

Website

http://www.nae.org.uk/exhibition/fighting-walls-street-art-in-egypt-and/110

My Granddad's Car

Sayed Hasan and Karl Ohiri: My Granddad’s Car

  • 12 November — 31 December 2016 *on now

My Granddad's Car is the culmination of an on-going project between Sayed Hasan and Karl Ohiri, exploring notions of migration and heritage, as seen through their relationships with two cars inherited from their respective late grandfathers in Pakistan and Nigeria. Having previously failed to separately transport the vehicles home to the UK, facing bureaucracy and corruption; a shift in circumstances inspired the artists to once again attempt to unite their Granddad's cars. The challenges they faced on their journeys have become a snapshot of those undertaken by their families and more universal migrant experiences across the globe. This exhibition presents photography, film and sculpture gathered and created while the artists travelled together in their ancestral homelands.

As part of the launch on Thursday 17 November, the artists will be in conversation.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE

Website

http://www.nae.org.uk/exhibition/sayed-hasan-and-karl-ohiri-my-granddads/111

Finding Fanon

UNTITLED: art on the conditions of our time

  • 14 January — 19 March 2017

UNTITLED displays a 'snapshot' of art today by mapping a variety of practice and medium, including socially engaged practice and the use of online gaming technology; to painting, drawing, performance, film, printmaking and bookbinding. This broad survey approach reveals the key concerns of artists working today and as such, the current conditions of our time, from shifting racial, sexual and gendered identities, to investigations of popular culture, social networks, history and conflict. The show features two brand new commissions. Larry Achiampong and David Blandy premiere a new instalment of Finding Fanon, Gaiden, a series where the artists discover the work of political humanist Frantz Fanon as a way of retracing their own relationships to colonialism. Barby Asante's socially engaged project collaborates with young adults living in Nottingham as coresearchers of an interactive online map that visualises the hidden connections, and unconventional centres of local knowledge about art and culture.

Addressing the challenge in how collective memory is preserved, Kimathi Donkor's paintings re-imagine history, and Barbara Walker's charcoal drawings of black servicemen show their contribution and sacrifices which are often overlooked. Popular culture plays a leading role in Harold Offeh's humorous re-enactments of iconic album covers, NT's montages of archival film footage, and through Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom's sculpture where balloons are playfully used to reenact Michael Jackson's dance stance. Themes around the migrant crisis and globalisation prevail in Pheobe Boswell's large-scale drawing of the comings and goings in public space. Evan Ifekoya
is inspired by nightlife culture and performative movement, working in a range of mediums such as drawing, installation and video. Ima-Abasi Okon's site responsive installation explores ideas around language, knowledge and voice and makes reference to issues of access, permission and circulation. Cedar Lewisohn's presentation interrogates Modernist art histories through a labour intensive set of handbound books and accompanying woodblocks.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nae.org.uk/exhibition/untitled-art-on-the-conditions-of-our/114

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.
Nwando Ebizie

UNTITLED: Exhibition Launch

  • 13 January — 19 March 2017

Fill a January evening with culture, music and art. We launch UNTITLED, a snapshot of the current artistic climate by artists connected to the African diaspora, kick starting our creative new season of events. Join us to see the work first, hear speeches by the curators Paul Goodwin and Hansi Momodu-Gordon and NAE's CEO Skinder Hundal, and dance to African diaspora-inspired tunes by experimental and innovative DJ, Nwando Ebizie.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nae.org.uk/exhibition/untitled-art-on-the-conditions-of-our/114

Paul Goodwin

Untitled: Artists in Conversation

  • 26 January 2017 6:30-8:30pm

Join UNTITLED exhibition co-curator Paul Goodwin in discussion with exhibiting artists Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom,Ima-Abasi Okon, Phoebe Boswell and others as they discuss how artists connected to the African diaspora are investigating and responding to the times we're in. How are these artists creatively expressing the urgency of the contemporary moment, and what insight can they give about the wider artistic landscape for artists of colour?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://nae.cloudvenue.co.uk/untitledartistsinconversation

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

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.
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