Nottingham Lakeside Arts

Nottingham Lakeside Arts - DH Lawrence Pavilion at night
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Nottingham Lakeside Arts is the University of Nottingham’s exciting public arts programme presenting exhibitions, music, drama and dance, special collections and archaeology, participatory and family events all year round.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Museum

Opening hours


Monday to Saturday 10am until half an hour after start of performance

Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Payment can be made by cash, cheque (with valid guarantee card), debit or credit card. Cheques should be made payable to The University of Nottingham. The following cards are accepted Delta, Visa, Switch, Maestro, Mastercard and Solo.


Monday - Saturday 11am - 5pm
Sunday 12noon - 4pm


Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm
Saturday and Sunday 12noon - 4pm


Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm
(until 11pm on performance evenings)
Sundays 10am - 5pm


Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sundays 11am - 4pm


Monday - Saturday 11am - 5pm
Sundays 12noon - 4pm

Admission charges


Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Film and Media, Fine Art, Music, Performing Arts, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Charging against Napoleon

Charging against Napoleon- Wellington's campaigns in the Peninsular Wars and at Waterloo

  • 22 May — 6 September 2015 *on now

The Napoleonic Wars, which were fought between Britain, France and their allies from 1803, came to an end with the Battle of Waterloo on the 18 June 1815. This exhibition, timed to coincide with the bicentenary of Waterloo, reflects on the conflict in its later stages, from the Peninsular Wars in Spain and Portugal in 1808 to the end of hostilities seven years later.

Drawing on the material from The University of Nottingham's collections, the exhibition assesses the nature and impact of the war and its consequences. The displays describe key moments in the conflict, chart the rise to prominence of military commanders such as the Duke of Wellington and reveal Nottinghamshire's contribution to the war effort.

The exhibition also explores the wider legacy of the wars. In Spain, British forces fought alongside those seeking liberation from foreign conquest. In Britain, the return of peace was accompanied by new demands for political and social change.


Stephen Butler

Stephen Butler

  • 1 August — 13 September 2015 *on now

The minutiae of organic material such as seeds, roots and tendrils are seen afresh in Butler's serial arrangements and hybrid forms.


New China / New Art

  • 5 September — 1 November 2015

Since the making of China’s first video artwork in Hangzhou in 1988, neighbouring metropolises Shanghai and Hangzhou have become major centres for the development of video art in China. Both cities have historically cosmopolitan cultures within which thriving contemporary art communities make innovative use of a range of electronic media. Some of China’s most notable video artists have been trained and have established careers in and between the two cities.

This exhibition showcases a diverse range of video works by the latest generation of artists to emerge from Shanghai and Hangzhou. All of the works involve encounters between internationally established approaches to art-making and local forms of cultural thinking and practice. Some evoke atmospheres of anxiety and unease
others, beauty and meditative stillness. Many also display a wry sense of humour, playfulness and desire to provoke, characteristic of the generation of artists born in China after the death of Mao Zedong in 1976.


Anna Collette Hunt: Swarm

  • 19 September — 28 October 2015

Immerse yourself in the twisting, swirling patterns of Anna Collette Hunt's ceramic swarm covering the walls of the Wallner Gallery.


Elisabeth Frink: The Presence of Sculpture

  • 25 November 2015 — 28 February 2016

Elisabeth Frink was one of Britain’s leading 20th-century sculptors. She created, without the aid of assistants, an impressive body of over 400 sculptures while working in a succession of studios – in London, France and finally Dorset.

Throughout her lifetime Frink received many commissions for public buildings, urban environments and sacred spaces. This exhibition presents the stories of these sculptures from studio to place, and examines the changing demands and attitudes of commissioners as urban Britain moved from post Second-World War reconstruction to new agendas for built environments. Rarely seen studio and archive material including original plasters, photographs, film, letters and
papers saved from her final studio at Woolland in Dorset, are shown along with sculptures cast in bronze, drawings and original prints.

Including loans from private collections and the Frink Estate, the exhibition provides a fascinating insight into Frink’s inspirations and working methods, and the significance of the ongoing presence of her commissioned work. Some have fared better than others – silent witnesses of changing places and communities in modern Britain.


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.

New China / New Art: Lecture

  • 4 September 2015 6-7pm *on now

The curators shed light on video art from Shanghai and Hangzhou by situating it as part of the wider development of contemporary Chinese art since the mid-1980s. Selected videos included in the exhibition will be discussed with close attention to the immediate circumstances of their making, showing and reception in contemporary China.

6-7pm followed by preview.


New China / New Art: Panel Discussion

  • 19 September 2015 10:30am-12:30pm

A panel of invited experts will discuss the significance of works in the exhibition and the immediate context of their making. Topics will include the aesthetics of contemporary art in China
tensions between modernity and tradition
and critical assertions of identity. Audience participation is welcomed.


New China / New Art: Gallery Tours

  • 24 September 2015 1-2pm
  • 17 October 2015 1-2pm

The curators of New China/New Art will lead guided tours of the exhibition focusing on particular works for discussion. Please note that the content of the two tours will be different.


Elisabeth Frink: Gallery Tours

  • 29 November 2015 — 28 February 2016

Thursdays 1 - 2pm
3 Dec: Neil Walker, Head of Visual Arts Programming
10 Dec: Ruth Lewis-Jones, Learning Officer (Galleries)
17 Dec: Neil Walker

Fridays 1 - 2pm
29 Jan: Ruth Lewis-Jones
12 Feb: Neil Walker
26 Feb: Ruth Lewis-Jones

Weekend guided tours of the exhibition will be given by our team of Visual Arts Assistants on Sundays 1 - 2pm on the following dates:
29 Nov
6, 13, 20 Dec
10, 17, 24, 31 Jan 2016
7, 14, 21, 28 Feb 2016


Elisabeth Frink Lectures: When modern architecture got high: The Post-War realisation of the Modernist architectural project

  • 2 December 2015 6-7pm

Dr. Steve Parnell, architect and architectural critic

The reconstruction of Britain in the immediate post-war years was a golden age for architects as architecture represented the possibility of actually building a new world, a promised utopia. Setting Frink’s public commissions in context, the lecture will explore how architects responded to this challenge with reference to some of the defining moments and buildings of the 1950s and ‘60s.


Elisabeth Frink Lectures: The Presence of Sculpture

  • 3 February 2016 6-7pm

Annette Ratuszniak, Curator, Frink Estate

Annette Ratuszniak’s lecture focuses on Frink’s most significant public commissions with more behind-the-scenes stories and illustrated by further material from the Frink archive.


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