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Nottingham Contemporary

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This week we asked Jim Waters, Head of Exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary, what his favourite places and recommendations in Nottinghamshire were:

Discover the city’s rich visual art culture by starting at Nottingham Contemporary, the take a short walk to Nottingham Castle (where you also get fantastic views of the city) followed by a tram ride out to New Art Exchange.

Iberico restaurant world tapas, never disappointing and great for lunch. Try Hart’s for a special occasion or for something more simple Carluccio’s, which also has a deli selling their fantastic wild boar sauce.

Tilt Bar and Blues Club, perfect for unwinding with a cocktail during happy hour, try the Bloody Mary with Stilton for a surprising twist.

 Nottingham Contemporary bar which hosts the city’s own award winning beers from Castle Rock brewery – as does the Kean’s Head, a friendly traditional pub in the Lace Market.

For shopping take a stroll round Paul Smith’s flagship shop, even if you aren’t buying you can enjoy the grandeur of this three storey Georgian townhouse.

Nottingham Contemporary has been nominated for the Sunday Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award. You can find out more information about the awards at

Nottingham Contemporary is open Tuesday to Sunday and is currently showing Model Studies, an exhibition by German artist Thomas Demand. For more information about Nottingham Contemporary and for a full programme of exhibitions, activities and events, please visit


Posted on 14 February 2012
Featured author: melissa.gueneau

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