Current Exhibitions


The Nottingham Castle Open 2015

19 September to 8 November 2015

Louisa Chambers | John Cheall | Richard Devereux | Garry Doherty | Juliet Fleming | Antony Fletcher | Rob Flint | Alice Gale-Feeny | Mark Houghton | Jed Hoyland | Thomas Kilby | Chi Lam | Matthieu Leger | Holger Martin | Alison Ballard & Martin Lewis | Daisy Milburn | Craig David Parr | Leon Sadler | Richard Sandell | Alexandra Searle | Joseph Shaw | Céline Siani Djiakoua | Ju Smith | Debra Swann | Michael Tharian | Rose Walsh | Hannah Whitlow | Grace Alexandra Williams | Chris Wright

The Nottingham Castle Open is a popular fixture in the local events calendar which celebrates Fine Art and Contemporary Art in the East and West Midlands. By hosting this exhibition we aim to throw a spotlight onto the many committed and talented artists that live and work in our community. With FREE online entry (the first of its type in the Midlands), The Open offers artists a chance to display, promote and sell their work, while at the same time offering you, the visitor, an opportunity to explore the creative culture that is constantly growing around you… not forgetting a chance to make that unique purchase for your home or business. With over 1,000 works submitted by 378 artists, the selectors- Deb Covell (artist), Rob Dingle (Contemporary Projects Manager, Art Fund), Kerry Harker (Artistic Director, The Tetley) and Ben Woodeson (artist) – had the challenging task to decide which works to include in this year’s Open exhibition. Their brief was to draw together a body of work that represented the wide range of creative practice taking place in our region, from style and medium, to subject and technical ability. Each artist has to chance to win £2,000 in cash, along with a host of exciting and prestigious prizes that have been donated to us by our ever-supportive sponsors. All winners will be announced at the Closing ceremony and party on Friday 6 November 2015. all_logos2015 For further details about this annual exhibition, and its history dating back to 1878, please visit our dedicated website: little-advert

Corinna Spencer: Portrait of a Lady

19 September 2015 to 17 January 2016 South Hall stairwell

Love and obsession are central to Corinna Spencer’s work. Through portraiture she explores the effects and manifestations of fixation or romantic love from both sides of a relationship, whether real or fictional.  Portrait Of A Lady is an ambitious installation of over 1000 unique paintings, created specifically for the Castle’s South Hall stairwell. Celebrating the unidentified or unknown female sitter throughout art history and popular culture, Portrait of a Lady also features the Photo Booth Girls painting series, four of which were selected for the Nottingham Castle Open 2014, and are exhibited here in full for the first time. Portrait of a Lady, commissioned by Nottingham Castle as recipient of the Nottingham Castle Open Solo Show Prize in 2014, is Spencer’s first major solo presentation of work in a Public gallery.

Image Credit: Corinna Spencer, Portrait of a Lady, 2015.

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Castle Cafe Commissions Candice Jacobs: Fortune Favours

19 September to 8 November 2015 Cafe at the Castle

Candice Jacobs uses exhibition making as a way to explore both on and offline contexts for display that support and develop individual and collective ideas.  She is predominantly concerned with the ultimate human condition, that of work and leisure. Jacobs was involved in the creation of the original concept for the Castle café vitrines in 2006 as one quarter of the artist-led project and gallery, Moot.  Once a unique place for our works on paper collection, the Castle’s café tables now continue to provide a platform for regional artists to present work to the public in an unusual, yet accessible, display format.

Image credit: Candice Jacobs, Still from The Ownership of the Means of Production, HD video, hacked screensaver & text, 45 mins, 2015.

Coming Soon

EA WORLD TO WIN: POSTERS OF PROTEST AND REVOLUTION FROM THE V&A 21 NOVEMBER 2015 – 17 JAN 2016 This exhibition looks at a century of posters agitating for political change, drawn from the V&A collection, including new acquisitions gathered from recent outbursts of protest and featuring the work of diverse artists, graphic designers and print collectives. A series of talks and lectures will accompany this exhibition, including brand new commissions by Nottingham-based artist Jake Kent and print collective Dizzy Ink who have responded to the themes of the exhibition.

Image Credit: Peter Kennard, No Nuclear Weapons, for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, 1980–81, London Offset lithograph, Given by Peter Kennard, Museum no. E.328-2011, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Peter Kennard.

Emerson NCM 1890-1321_8 crop P.H. EMERSON: PRESENTED BY THE AUTHOR 21 NOVEMBER – 7 FEB 2016 With works drawn from the V&A and the Castle’s own collections, this exhibition celebrates the work of pioneering photographer and writer Peter Henry Emerson (1856-1936), and takes its starting point from Emerson’s 1890 portfolio Pictures of East Anglian Life and 1886 auto-gravure ‘Gathering Water-Lilies’ that he donated to Nottingham Castle.  The exhibition, curated by Federica Chiocchetti, is the culmination of Nottingham Castle’s involvement in the V&A Curatorial Fellowship Programme, supported by the Art Fund. Further information about this exhibition can be found here.

  • A symposium on P.H. Emerson will take place at Nottingham Castle on 21 November 2015.For booking information and costs, including details of our invited speakers, please click here . *THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT*
Image Credit: P.H. Emerson, In the Barley Harvest, photogravure, plate 8 from the ‘Pictures of East Anglian Life’ portfolio, 1890; NCMG collection.


Nott-Art-Map-Logo-Blue-RGB Nottingham Art Map represents a collective of visual arts venues, artist-led spaces and galleries from across the city of Nottingham, that host a programme of public exhibitions and events throughout the year. The Art Map has been created as a central place for galleries and arts venues to share information about their exhibitions and events, offering the public a go-to place to get the most out of what Nottingham has to offer in the visual arts scene. Nottingham Art Map is an initiative by Bonington Gallery and is supported by Nottingham Trent University. #NottinghamArtMap

2014 & 2015 Exhibitions

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Exhibitions 2006-2013