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Helping art and debate flourish

The university-funded Public Programmes and Research site at Nottingham Contemporary is continuing to engage and inspire through the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

Helping art and debate flourish

The iconic space, jointly funded by the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, was once described by The Guardian as ‘The most inspiring gallery in the UK’ and works with a wide range of partners to push art and debate in new directions. It has also helped 78 students from both universities develop their studies through short-term internships and collaborative workshops in Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and Architecture schools.

They also develop research projects and study programmes; support academic studies through placements and Collaborative Doctoral Awards; and produce publications. Their online publishing platform, The Contemporary Journal, engages the international community, too.

The Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery

Nottingham Contemporary thrives on developing existing relationships and creating new opportunities with academics. Through 2019, they welcomed around 3,000 people to their programme of public-facing events including talks, performances, study sessions and exhibition walkthroughs.

“Nottingham Contemporary’s public programme of talks and discussions is unique in that it creates challenging environments where open-mindedness and respect for each other’s experiences and perspectives can foster growth. It is a much needed space for sharing ideas in Nottingham.”

Sofia Lemos, Curator of Public Programmes and Research, Nottingham Contemporary.