New Art Exchange

venue representative image
baby changing facilities icon Food icon Guided tours icon Shop icon Library icon Study area icon Visual disability facilities icon Wheelchair access icon

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.
Feng-Ru Lee: A Journey to Citizensheep

Feng-Ru Lee: A Journey to Citizensheep

  • 4 July — 30 August 2015 *on now

In her first exhibition at New Art Exchange, Artist Feng-Ru Lee will present a body of work that features her alter ego figure 'Millee the Sheep'. 'Millee' is a tribute to Dolly, the first animal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell in 1996 in Scotland. Lee relates this to her own experience of migrating to the UK from Taiwan where she found herself existing as two different identities within two very different cultures. She uses the character of 'Milee' to explore and express her experiences within a new culture in a playful and engaging way.

Lee has exhibited throughout the UK, Taiwan and internationally including USA, Middle East, Japan and across Europe. She was the winner of the prestigious Taipei Prize in 2000.

Join us for a special live performance as part of the exhibition
on Tuesday 7 July, 7pm – 9pm

The performance will be around the main installation in the show, which is a small-scale version of the ring toss game, traditional game in all Taiwanese night markets. Instead of bottles or pegs, there will be different china ornaments. People are invited to throw the rings over objects, if a player gets a ring on an object they will win the object and can take it home with them.

Refreshments inspired by Taiwanese market food will be provided.

Don't miss the gallery tour with Feng-Ru Lee on Saturday 15 August, 12pm

Suitable for

  • Any age


Zarina Bhimji: Jangbar

Zarina Bhimji: Jangbar

  • 16 July — 27 September 2015 *on now

New Art Exchange is proud to present Jangbar (2012/2015), a new film and sound installation by leading British artist Zarina Bhimji. This eagerly anticipated piece joins Bhimji's portfolio of works in film, which includes the critically acclaimed Yellow Patch (2011). Jangbar, filmed on 35mm in Kenya, is 26 minutes 37 seconds long and is installed as an immersive single screen, HD projection with surround sound. The piece is an enquiry into image, light, object, the universal, the literal and the abstract. It has grown from observation and ambiguity, yet at other moments it draws from a deep, at times bleak, political consciousness of specific moments in history.

Bhimji was born in Mbarara, Uganda and grew up in Leicester, UK. Amongst her many accomplishments, Bhimji's first film Out of Blue debuted at Documenta XI, Germany, in 2002; she was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2007; and she presented a mid-career retrospective at The Whitechapel, London, in 2012. Her work is held in many private and public collections including Tate Britain, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Kadist Art Foundation, Paris and the UK Government's Art Collection.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Jamaica Hidden Histories: Sugar was King

  • 5 September — 1 November 2015

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Full Spectrum Productions present the culmination of a two-year project to uncover and showcase historical, cultural and economic links between Jamaica and Britain. This forms the final part of a UK gallery tour.

The project explores the impact Sugar has had on localised domestic culture in Britain and Jamaica. In a workshop held at NAE in August 2014, Jamaican elders residing in Nottingham shared their memories of traditional sweets and treats, made and eaten while growing up in Jamaica. Through these oral testimonies (in video and print format) and a collection of archival photographs, the resulting exhibition will explore how Sugar has left a legacy central to British and Jamaican heritage.

The exhibition also features the work of notable Jamaican-born artists from Nottingham - Esmel May and Lorna Holder. Details of related events and opportunities for schools and the general public will feature in the September edition of the
NAE brochure.


Rockers, Soulheads & Lovers: Sound Systems Back in Da Day

  • 10 October 2015 — 3 January 2016


Rockers, Soulheads & Lovers: Sound Systems Back in Da Day is a new exhibition launching at New Art Exchange on October 2015, exploring the golden era of sound system culture from the late 1960s to the early 1980s, curated by writer/artist/scholar Michael McMillan (The West Indian Front Room) in collaboration with Gary Stewart & Trevor Mathison (Dubmorphology).


Please get in touch if you were involved in any sound systems back then. Were you 'box boy', 'a selector', an 'operator', an 'engineer', a 'toaster/MC'? How did you make your speakers and amps? Did you use a single turntable? Where did you play out?

Were you a Rocker or a Soulhead? What was your experience of Lovers Rock when it arrived? What clubs or dances did you rave to? Who did you dance with? Who did you rave with? How did you dress up when you went raving: Gabicci tops 'Yardie Cardie', Farah slacks, Bally shoes, pleated 'dub skirts'?


New Art Exchange
39-41 Gregory Boulevard


Official Website



General Information

Corporate Hire



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.