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Join us for the launch of a new exhibition featuring over 120 works by contemporary working-class artists and photographers.

Curated by photographer, writer and broadcaster Johny Pitts, After the End of History emphasises the perspectives of practitioners who turn their gaze towards both their communities and outwards to the wider world. Find out more.

‘After the End of History: British Working Class Photography 1989 – 2024’ is a Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition curated by Johny Pitts with Hayward Gallery Touring.

Join us for a first look round a new photographic exhibition by John Beck and Matthew Cornford, focusing on the region’s art schools, and the vital role that they play in the cultural life of our cities.

Accompanying the exhibition, in our Vitrines you can discover archive materials and memories relating to the history of Nottingham School of Art & Design, established in 1843.

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Thanks again to everyone who attended our preview night of Waking the Witch: Old Ways, New Rites, it was an incredible evening and a great way to open our 2019-2020 season!

Here are a few highlights from the night, including a fantastic opening performance from Ben Jeans Houghton, who expressed aspects of his own magical practice through a harmonic voice and the spoken word, using repurposed effects pedals, loopers, ritual tools, and costume.

Don’t forget to check out the exhibition for yourself, open until Saturday 16 November.

All images courtesy of Luke Brennan, find out more from Luke on Instagram: @lukebrennanphotography_ 

Thanks to everyone who came along to yesterday’s double preview event… what a great way to launch our autumn season of exhibitions!

Special thanks to all of the curators and artists involved in putting together both exhibitions –

Bonington Vitrines #8: House of Wisdom
(left-right) Tuna Erdem and Seda Ergül (Istanbul Queer Art Collective), Dr Cüneyt Çakırlar, and Mine Kaplangı (Collective Çukurcuma)
The Accumulation of Things
(left-right) curator Adam Murray, Julie Greve, Joe Bloom, Evie O’Connor, Alicia Jalloul, Max Prus, Tom Godfrey.

Both exhibitions are now open until Saturday 27 October. For more information, visit the exhibition pages.

Here are a few images from the openings of It’s Our Playground: Artificial Sensibility, and our Vitrines show London’s Calling. Thank you to everybody who came down! Both exhibitions will be open til 27th October 2017.

A selection of photos from the opening night of our exhibition You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

Here is a selection of photos from the opening of out show, All Men By Nature Desire To Know

Detail form the exhibition Icons of Rhetoric, now open in the main gallery space

Icons of Rhetoric opened today, and has been featured on several sites across the web (as well as being featured in ArtRabbit’s openings this weekand on their Instagram feed!). Check out the links below:

» London Korean Links
» Redeye: The Photography Network
» Dodho Photography MagazineThe original feature on Dodho, which explores the process of making the photographs (and more) can be found here.

Open until Friday 10 July, Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm. For more information, visit the Icons of Rhetoric exhibition page.

Following on from the #NTUDEGREESHOW, our next exhibition opens on Thursday this week!

Detail from our upcoming show, Icons of Rhetoric

Icons of Rhetoric is a project created by photographer Chris Barrett and writer Gianluca Spezza which gives us a unique look at “the most isolated country in the world”; North Korea. The exhibition includes over 40 images which are crafted from taking still images from North Korean television broadcasts by the country’s state news network. The pair use appropriated images developed on instant film, to comment on how the West uses such images to reinforce its own limited stereotypical views of the country.

“We’re exploring the idea of ‘seeing is believing’ in the digital age” says Barrett. “People’s concerns about human rights in North Korea are perfectly valid and important issues but it’s dangerous for us to entirely base our understanding on a narrow binary image of good and bad often focused on sensationalised information skewed in favour of click bait ridicule or ridiculous hearsay’. It’s true North Korea is a very difficult place to cover but this should not allow for the anything goes #rareglimpse reporting that seems to surround the country”

Take a look at a few photos of the set-up and exhibition below, and stay tuned for more info over the coming weeks. Be sure to follow @IconsofRhetoric on Twitter / Instagram and use #IconsofRhetoric to have your say.

Here is a selection of blog posts form Simon Callery’s recent solo show, Soft Painting

Soft Painting has begun!
Simon Callery with students dying fabric for the show Soft Painting

Soft Painting has begun! Come and take a look as the exhibition unfolds between now and the preview on Wednesday 29 April, when the paintings will be completed and on show for further two and a half weeks. Visit the exhibition page for more details.

Soft Painting: Week 1

Simon Callery has now been working in the gallery since Monday, along with a select group of BA (Hons) Fine Art students from here at NTU and Nottingham-based artists.

Here’s a quick recap of the week in photos:

Soft Painting Week 2

Here are some progress shots from this week, taken by local artist and photographer, Julian Hughes:

Assistants: Yajie Jiang and Joshua Wheeler 

For more of Julian’s work, be sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Soft Painting Week 2 Recap

With just a few days to go until the preview, work on Soft Painting will continue through the weekend. Here’s a recap of the process from this week

Simon Callery: Soft Painting: Midway Preview – in photos:

From 13 – 29 April, Simon Callery worked in the gallery space with a selected group of Nottingham Trent University BA (Hons) Fine Art students, and a group of Nottingham-based artists to produce three large-scale works. These works will now be on display in the gallery until Friday 15 May. Come and take a look!

Here’s a few photos from last night’s midway preview – thanks to all who came along.

New addition to the Nottingham Trent University collection

We are delighted to unveil the latest addition to the Nottingham Trent University art collection from artist Simon Callery. Simon joined us in 2015 for his solo exhibition Soft PaintingWiltshire Modulor (small, 2010-2013) will be on permanent display in Bonington Gallery’s foyer space.

The recent opening of our new exhibitions also marked the un-veiling of the latest addition to the NTU art collection. This joins a host of works and artefacts on display in our foyer that relate to past exhibitions and we’ll be contributing to this selection going forwards.