Nottingham Contemporary


Nottingham Contemporary is an international art centre and registered arts and educational charity with a strong sense of local purpose. It opened in November 2009 in a new, custom-built venue in the heart of Nottingham’s historic Lace Market and Creative Quarter.


We believe that contemporary artists offer extraordinary perspectives on contemporary society and:

  • We are committed to excellence, experimentation, ambition and innovation – in contemporary art and within our own organisation.
  • We promote the research, exchange and sharing of ideas inspired by today’s art practices across disciplines and cultures, working with a wide range of partners.
  • We offer local people a stimulating cultural and social hub, while attracting national and international visitors to the city.
  • We work to attract new, diverse audiences to contemporary art through innovative educational activities, our communications and our events.
  • We support the creative and critical empowerment of artists and audiences. Both play an active role in our organisation.

Learning and Community Programme

Our Learning and Community programme attracts on average 25,000 participants per year. The programme works with diverse groups of people, often from severely disadvantaged backgrounds with profound impact. We have built up extensive experience of engaging the community with creativity through outreach work off site, in places such as schools, youth centres, hospitals and care homes. In a society with an increasing elderly population, we recognise the importance of offering activities tailored for older people and we value the input this brings to our exhibitions and perspectives. To this end, Nottingham Contemporary is a key partner of a national Arts and Humanities Research Council project researching Arts and Dementia. This project has enabled our team of Artists to develop a breadth and depth of expertise in the field of inspiring older people in the arts. Our role in the Imagine programme will therefore give us the opportunity to share our experience and knowledge with Care Staff, as well as to continue to learn from you as care home professionals.

Artistic Programme

Nottingham Contemporary presents four exhibition seasons a year, consisting of one or more exhibitions at a time. These are mostly self-produced by the artists, and usually take the form of pairs of solo exhibitions or ambitious group exhibitions. Our programme is acknowledged as one of the best and most diverse for contemporary art in the UK, described by The Observer as “constantly inventive”. In 2013, The Guardian named Nottingham Contemporary the “UK’s most inspiring gallery” and our exhibitions have travelled to arts centres both in the UK and abroad.

More information

For more information about Nottingham Contemporary, our exhibitions and work in the community,  please contact the gallery on 0115 948 9750 or email

Image of Nottingham Contemporary by Les Churchman.

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