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“Art for everyone for free -Haitian Art & Vodou”

Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery
Ranked #24 of 129 things to do in Nottingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

I should have done this way before now, to sing the praises of Nottingham Contemporary, now three years old. Its a fantastic example of the re-use of former central industrial sites, in this case situated in Nottingham's famous Lace Market area. Its an unusual square green building which at first site looks as if its constructed of green corrugated plastic, but do look closer, the texture of the surface looks like lace- brillant.
It also has a tram stop, so access is easy. You can feel the trams coming and going as you sit in the basement cafe, a good place to eat & drink, although the service isn't always friendly.
I think this building is Nottingham's answer to the Sydney Opera House; stylistically it looks out of place, and yet somehow it seems just right- a bold statement attracting both attention and justifiably many visitors. Inside its cavernous and a wonderful place to go to view art exhibitions. The current one is devoted to Haitian art, and uses the spacious interior to the fullest.
I think this exhibition is the best I've seen at the Contemporary, demonstrating both vibrant paintings, sculptures, and amazing bead-working, along with films of artists at work, which set outputs in the context of poverty, struggles and politics. You'll need more than a couple of hours to view this exhibition.The free information booklets about the displays provide useful explanations and serve as a reminder of an uplifting experience.

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Reviewed November 20, 2012

Well thought out and informative show. I Liked the videos which explained the context. We were given free info booklets too explaining the super paintings and exhibits. I liked the textiles too. Good loose leaf tea in cafe and tasty looking cakes. Service was a bit brusque and unfriendly though.

Thank Molluscnotts
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

We come here every now again and each time enjoy the exhibitions to varying degrees-that's art for you of course. What we enjoy more and more each time is the downstairs cafe and bar area. they put on jazz every now and then, look out for the next Sunday jazz do 21st October. Yesterday's was really enjoyable with live music and breaks provided by the DJ Alex Traska.
The food here is excellent and the bar is well designed as is the building's architecture in general.
The atmosphere was magical and relaxed with families, couples and the odd tourist, perfect for Sunday afternoon coffee with friends. I'll definitely be going again but you guessed that from my review.

Thank ajscubapro
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

A great modern art gallery with regular changing exhibitions and special events such as live music (in the cafe) and family events.

Inside, the four galleries, which are on the top brightly lit floor, have the light, optimistic feel of a European kunsthalle, with a combination of high and medium-height ceilings and sweeping wooden paneled floors. In places a grid of recessed skylights is supported by even brighter striplights, creating a pale, radiant atmosphere.

There is a gift shop located beside the main enterance and a cafe bar located downstairs.

The Nottingham Contemporary is located on the former Great Central Railway cutting and has not retained any of its previous life. The Nottingham Contemporary is bright and always entertaining. Best of all, its free to all.

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Reviewed July 1, 2012

Having been an art student in the 1980s I really enjoyed the small art gallery and cinema called the Midland group. I sorely missed it when it closed. However this replacement not far from where the MG stood is a great gallery. The exhibitions are varied and change often. The organisers bring together art in its broadest sense and coordinate shows that really make you think about connections between creative endeavours through history, politics and what it means to see the world around you. Educational work is exciting and there are large spaces for group practice. The building seems to follow the mold of other Midlands galleries being large dark flat surfaces...but it pleases me reminding me of the railway bridge that stood there previously. Staff in the cafe and the food served leave a lot to be desired. How easy is it to be pleasant to others and make the whole experience a good one on all levels. The decor in the cafe is equal bland and soulless.

Thank Merlin1963
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