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Published July 6th 2017
What's on at Nottingham Contemporary this summer?
Nottingham Contemporary is an international art centre, showcasing contemporary art work to the public for free. Supposedly built on one of the oldest sites in Nottingham and located in the Lace Market area, Nottingham Contemporary embraces the area's history of lace manufacture, with the conventional lace pattern embossed on its' outer building.
With four art galleries, a shop, café and social spaces, Nottingham Contemporary organizes between four to five major exhibitions each year alongside extra events that anyone can get involved in. Read on to see what one of Britain's largest and leading centres of contemporary art has to offer this summer.
1. Wu Tsang: Devotional Document (Part 1)
Wu Tsang is a filmmaker, performer and artist based in Los Angeles, California. Her projects have been presented at film festivals and museums universally and now Tsang has brought her first solo exhibition to the UK. Devotional Document (Part 1) unites a video and two film installations created between the years 2008 and 2016. Tsang's films and productions move sinuously between documentary and fiction and together they discover imagined histories and unrecognised languages.
Absolutely Nothing is one of the Italian artist's largest exhibitions in the UK and is representative of varying states of uncertainty and indecision. Favaretto's work ranges from hidden paintings, sculptures and audio and brings together fundamental pieces covering two decades of her work alongside recent works and a unique public commission named Thinking Head. This compromises of steam rising from the roof Nottingham Contemporary in varying intensities, completely uncontrolled by the artist. Favaretto has said she wanted to turn the building into a 'thinking machine'.
3. A Special Exhibition – Creative Connections Nottingham
Nottingham Contemporary have been invited by the National Portrait Gallery to exhibit photographs from the National Portrait Gallery's collection of influential Nottingham figures, including Dame Laura Knight. Nottingham Contemporary is the first gallery invited by the National Portrait Gallery to extend their Creative Connections Programme outside of London. This exhibition will be on display to the public from Wednesday 19th July until Thursday 31st August, 11am - 3pm.
Alongside these exhibitions, there are many events available to partake in during the summer season. These include; talks, workshops, discussions and film screenings and most are free unless stated otherwise by the gallery. Free family workshops are available on weekends during school holidays and Collabor-8: A young people's programme for children to participate in art, events, talks, films and skill developing.