Discovering Nottingham’s Art Map
Nottingham is home to a thriving arts scene, with numerous art galleries and creative spaces scattered across the city. Today, we hear from Tom Godfrey at Nottingham Trent University, about the new Nottingham Art Map and why it was created.
The Nottingham Art Map is an initiative by Bonington Gallery at Nottingham Trent University. It is the result of 12 months of research and consultation with various independent and institutional exhibition spaces in Nottingham and beyond. The quest was to create an art map which combines high functionality with a sleek and approachable design, that ranks highly against other art maps enjoyed by major cities around the world.
Having an Art Map in the city now feels like a matter of course. Over the past 10 years, the independent and institutional art sector has grown exponentially. The arrival of large institutions like Nottingham Contemporary and New Art Exchange, and independent organisations like Primary, Backlit & One Thoresby Street, has given rise to a highly ambitious, robust and consistent art scene.
Image from PRIMARY. Work featured: Performance from Edwin Burdis ‘UIB’, 2014. Courtesy the artist and PRIMARY, Nottingham.
As a result, Nottingham is highly acclaimed as a major contributor to national & international cultural discourse, and it only seems fitting that visitors to the city should be able to engage with all that’s happening in as clear and direct a way possible.
The Art Map has in a very short space of time become adopted as the go-to guide to exhibition spaces in the City, and has firmly become part of the fabric of Nottingham’s visual art and wider cultural landscape.
Explore the Nottingham Art Map online here or pick up a copy from one of the featured venues or the Nottingham Tourism Centre.