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Book your free tickets and join us to watch the Tennis Tournament – a live artwork by Stephen Willats, taking place as part of our forthcoming exhibition Social Resource Project for Tennis Clubs.

In 1971 whilst living and working in Nottingham, Stephen initiated an art project with four tennis clubs in Nottingham entitled Social Resource Project for Tennis Clubs. Working with a group of volunteers, a number of ‘games’ were devised that reinterpreted the traditional rules and format of tennis. This culminated in an experimental ‘Tennis Tournament’.

Tennis Tournament – Saturday 8 October, 2 – 4 pm
50 years on from the original event, Stephen will once again work with a group of volunteers re-enact the original games of tennis devised in 1971 for a demonstration on Saturday 8th October 2 – 4 pm at The Park Tennis Club in Nottingham – one of the original clubs involved in the project. The public are invited to watch, with lunch and refreshments provided for everyone attending. Participants will represent a wide range of tennis abilities, even those who haven’t played before.

Everyone is invited to the gallery in the evening 6 – 8pm for the launch of Stephen’s solo exhibition Social Resource Project for Tennis Clubs, for a glass of wine.

If you would like to participate in the actual event, please email Tom Godfrey (Director, Bonington Gallery) on for further details, by Wednesday 21 September.

The Tennis Tournament will take place at The Park Tennis Club, Tattershall Drive, The Park, Nottingham, NG7 1BX.

Exhibition launch
Following the Tennis Tournament, we’ll be hosting a free exhibition launch of Social Resource Project for Tennis Clubs at the Gallery, from 6 – 8 pm. Book your free ticket now.

Location: Lecture Theatre 2, Newton Building, NTU City Campus

Nottingham Trent University is delighted to invite Dick Jewell to speak as part of the 2019 Fine Art Live Lecture Series.

Working across film, photography and photo-collage, Jewell has inhabited both gallery and commercial contexts, exhibiting his work internationally at institutions including the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and Serpentine Gallery (London), as well as producing music videos and promos for musicians including Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack

Growing up in Croydon Jewell spent much of his youth “lugging around an Olympus OM-1 Motor Drive, taking portraits of strangers at any opportunity”  going on to publishing his first book Found Photos in 1978, the same year he completed his MA in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art.

In anticipation of Jewell’s most significant solo show Now & Then (opening January), take a read of this article on his career as an artist/filmmmaker by Dazed & Confused.

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is delighted to host, in collaboration with New Art Exchange and Nottingham Contemporary, this guest lecture by Keith Piper, BA (Hons) Fine Art alumnus and founding member of the BLK Art Group.

This event coincides with an exhibition of Keith’s work at New Art Exchange, Unearthing the Banker’s Bones, which opens from Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 July 2017. It also coincides with the current group exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary, The Place is Here, which is open until Sunday 30 April.

Keith Piper (born in Malta, 1960) is a leading contemporary British artist, curator, critic and academic. Piper was a founder member of the ground breaking BLK Art Group, an association of black British art students who exhibited together throughout the country between 1982-83. Their work was noted for its boldly political stance and critique on the state of intercommunal, class and gender relations the UK.

Adopting a research-driven approach and using a variety of media, Piper’s work over the past 30 years has ranged from painting, photography and installation through to use of digital media, video and computer based interactivity.

Image: Keith Piper, Unearthing the Banker’s Bones, 2016, film still. A 70th anniversary commission for the Arts Council with Bluecoat and Iniva. © the artist

Join Something Human and Little Wolf Parade for the second round of CCLAP performances in Nottingham. A series of live art interventions by international and UK-based performers will take over Nottingham streets and public spaces addressing the notion of ‘crisis’ as part of the public programme of the Krísis exhibition on show at Bonington Gallery until 9 December.

CCLAP’s 2016 series of indoor and outdoor performances is part of the public programme in association with the exhibition Krísis, curated by Something Human in partnership with Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University and Little Wolf Parade.

CCLAP is a three year live art project curated by Something Human began in 2014 that instigates the sharing of the developments and critical reflections of significant and diverse live art practices in Southeast Asia and the UK, to bring the critical contexts for Southeast Asian live art practice in conversation with developments in the UK/European scenes. The project presents thought-provoking live art performances by Southeast Asian and international practitioners in London, bringing their work to both local and a wider international audience.

Friday 11 November

Rachel Parry ‘Transparent Freedoms’
Time: 12 pm – 4.45 pm
Location: Outdoor performance starting at noon at the Bonington Gallery, Dryden Street, NG1 4GG
(Finale at 4 pm at the Speakers’ Corner)

Boedi Widjaja ‘Imaginary Homeland: 谢谢你的爱’
Time: 5.30 pm – 6 pm
Location: Outdoor performance in front of Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, NG1 2GB (TBC)

Talk: Something Human in conversation with Rachel Parry and Boedi Widjaja
Time: 7 pm – 8.30 pm
Location: G.A.L., 25 Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AP

Saturday 12 November

Melissa Thomas ‘Collaboration with Children’
Time: 1 pm – 4 pm
Location: G.A.L., 25 Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AP

Sarah Todino ‘The Coronation’
Time: 2 pm – 5 pm
Location: Secret garden / Edin’s garden (next to Jam Café, 12 Heathcote Street, Nottingham NG1 3AA)

Orinta Pranaityte ‘Finding Place Within Displacement’
Time: 2.30 pm – 5 pm
Location: Between Heathcote Street & Broad Street

whatsthebigmistry ‘BANG’
Time: 2.30 pm – 5.30 pm
Location: Broadway Cinema (Gallery), 15 Heathcote Street, Nottingham NG1 3AL

Rachael Young ‘A Natural’
Time: 3 pm – 5.30 pm
Location: Jam Café, 12 Heathcote Street, Nottingham NG1 3AA

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Delivered by Collective Creativity, this workshop will look at race and racism, in art and art schools in the UK.

Collective Creativity are an artist group focused on Queer, Transgender and Intersex People of Colour (QTIPoC), within creative practice.  They have recently launched a zine titled Serving Art School.

Open to the public and free to attend, this workshop will discuss many of the issues raised within the zine.

Suitable for people aged 16+

To book your place please email

This event is part of the public programme in association with the exhibition Krísis. Curated by Something Human and presented in partnership with Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Contemporary.

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Delivered by James Langdon and Peter Nencini

This workshop will introduce you to the mysterious science of pataphysics, as a resource for designers.

Pataphysics is the invention of a nineteenth-century French author, Alfred Jarry, defined by him as the “science of imaginary solutions.”

Pataphysics continues today as an International College dedicated to Jarry’s idea that every event in the world is a unique happening, not subject to any general or repeatable laws.

Drawing on the College’s ideology and publications, this workshop will explore exceptions and discontinuities in simple design exercises.

Materials: please bring your preferred writing and drawing tools and materials.

Suitable for people aged 18+

Click here to see more from James Langdon

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This workshop is in association with the exhibition Mould Map 6  – Terraformers.

Taking place in Nottingham Trent University’s Old Chemistry Theatre, the space is reduced to a minimal setting of a table and chair, a notebook laptop and the human body. The performance aims to create an intimacy with the viewer whilst allowing the interplay between what is real and the virtual world.

Notebook Series is collaboration between a choreographer, Colette Sadler and set-designer, Philine Rinnert. The reference to a notebook in the title reflects shared ongoing process and research. The notebook is both a holding structure and platform for the collaborative process in so far as it allows the laying out and organisation of images, texts and choreographic notes or studies differently from those suggested by real time and space.

In a situation reminiscent of a lecture or public speech, the performance questions the identity of the performer. Moving between the real and the fictional in a clinical deconstruction and disassociation of the human body and its senses, the performance asks “What are you” and “Who are you” in an investigation of the human capacity for transformation and the possibility of living beyond the self.

For full details please visit the Dance4 What’s On pages

NottDance Festival 2015

Notebook Series is part of the Nottdance Festival 2015. The festival runs from the 5 – 15 March with over 40 performances taking place over 11 days, across more than 20 venues and public spaces.

Download the full NottDance Festival programme here.

Moving on from the success of Magic Light 2014Lighting the Future: No Boundaries was an eclectic mix of lighting designs and installations by product and furniture design final year students and alumni from Nottingham Trent University.

All pieces within the show were representations of new and recently created designs, many of which push the boundaries of lighting, materials and design.


Alongside Lighting the Future: No Boundaries, and situated at the entrance of Nottingham Trent University’s Newton building, 170 was a ghostly montage of light inspired by images of the University at night.

Lighting the Future: No Boundaries was part of Nottingham Light Night 2015.

Download your copy of the official Light Night 2015 What’s On Guide


Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD) in collaboration with the V&A Museum and Nottingham Trent University.

Make/Believe brought together an extraordinary range of contemporary designers and artists in performance to show a collection of new work – all made in the last four years.  Revealing the ideas and processes behind visually arresting performance made by UK designers here and internationally.

The exhibition featured work that defines the edges of this art form; in industry and music festivals, large scale events such as the Olympics, Paralympics, community opera, found space and promenade performance, in digital, heritage and media contexts.  It also gave praise to the  intimate and highly valued work that designers are currently doing in education, health and various community settings.

Make/Believe at NTU was the first stop in a touring exhibition; selected works were subsequently shown at the Prague Quadrennial in June 2015, now currently on show at the V&A for nine months from July 2015, before moving on to festivals and venues throughout the UK from March 2016.

Exhibition Handout

Click here to download the exhibition handout

As part of Nottingham Trent University’s 170th Anniversary of Art and Design, this exhibition showcased a collection of images by acclaimed architectural photographer, Martine Hamilton Knight D.Litt (hon).

The exhibition looked back over the last 20 years in recognition of the innovative and iconic buildings that make up Nottingham’s skyline.

Featuring the work of Hopkins Architects, this exhibition included the stunning Inland Revenue building, Nottingham Trent University’s Newton and Arkwright building and the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus, as well as other Nottingham Trent University buildings.

Newton Building
Goldsmith Street