Exhibition: Hyson Green Workshos: Citizen Design Action (January – March 2016)
Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad has researched Hyson Green Workshop Units, based in the now demolished Hyson Green flats, for an exhibition at New Art Exchange. The Workshop Units was a brief yet radically new model for citizen participation, where Hyson Green's residents sidestepped official powers in reshaping community spaces. The project is the first time that the workshop units are remembered and showcased on this scale, and it presents oral histories collected from local people who were part of the movement or lived in the flats.
Exhibition: Sound Systems Back in Da Day (October 2015 – January 2016)
Rockers, Soulheads & Lovers: Sound Systems Back In Da Day is an exhibition exploring the golden era of African-Caribbean sound systems from the 1960s to the early 1980s. Curated by Michael McMillan, the exhibition presented the memories of local people in Hyson Green and Nottingham who were either part of a sound system collective or attended the Blues parties. The exhibition tells an important history of Nottingham's black communities in Nottingham, containing archive material, rare record and equipment from the time, and also contemporary interviews.
Exhibition: Mahtab Hussain: The Commonality of Strangers (January – April 2015)
In 2014, Artist Mahtab Hussain was commissioned by NAE to explore the socio-political context of our local neighbourhood. During a five month residency he explored the streets, talking to those that live here to develop a deep understanding of our locality. Over time individuals from diverse cultural communities volunteered to sit for a portrait, sharing their reflections on the local area and the issues important to them. His project developed into an exhibition and book, The Commonality of Strangers, which combines photography and text to explore important relationships between identity, heritage and displacement that result from international migration.
Who's in the Kitchen
Who's in the Kitchen is NAE's ever-changing portfolio of guest chefs from our local community who introduce delicious new dishes to our already tantalising café menu!
Past chefs include:
Tony Harris, Majestic Boxing, healthy jerk chicken (Spring 2014)
Joyce's Zitmbuwa- Malawi banana fritter (Summer 2014)
Ethel Anderson, Elders Luncheon Club, Ackee and Salt Fish (Winter 2013)
Jamaican Hidden Histories (2014-2015)
Over the past two years, New Art Exchange has worked with Full Spectrum Productions in delivering a new community programme, Jamaica Hidden Histories, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. The project aims to unearth and communicate information to diverse communities to understand the history of Jamaica, its distinctive cultural identity and links with Britain.
In a workshop held at NAE in August 2014, Jamaican elders residing in Nottingham shared their memories of traditional sweets and treats, made and eaten while growing up in Jamaica. Through these oral testimonies (in video and print format) and a collection of archival photographs, Jamaica Hidden Histories developed an exhibition at New Art Exchange, September – November 2015, exploring how sugar has left a legacy central to British and Jamaican heritage.
Carnival Heritage Project (2014)
Carnival Heritage Project encourages the people of Nottingham to contribute in creating and developing a carnival archive and a carnival centre. Carnival Heritage Project, delivered in partnership with Tumtum Housing, Nottingham Carnival, Stella Vision with funding from Heritage Lottery Funded.
In March 2014, NAE celebrated Nottingham Carnival Heritage in a free intergenerational workshop that shared carnival archival information, revisited past carnival customs and traditions and examined the links between Nottingham and Caribbean islands.
In June 2014, young people were invited to join creative workshops where they could learn about heritage through creating carnival masks and headdresses using traditional techniques.NAE also hosted a pop up exhibition supplied by Nottingham Carnival Heritage Project.
Caribbean Through a Lens (2013)
This community project, developed in partnership with the Renewal Trust, Chase Community Neighbourhood Centre and members from the St Ann's Luncheon Club, provided an opportunity to learn and share comments about cultures. Individuals selected photographs from thousands of images and produced their own interpretation sharing personal insights of traditions, customs and of memories of back home.
"I thought taking part in this project was fun and I enjoyed looking at the old photographs. Looking at pictures is interesting; every time I looked at the photo I saw something different." Keian Gray.
The exhibition has been produced in partnership with The National Archive.
Dementia Project: Imaginary of the Ocean Deep (2013)
An action research partnership between Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange, and Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, sponsored by Nottingham Hospitals Charity. In October 2013, Nottingham Contemporary worked with patients with dementia, staff and carers at Queens Medical Centre inspired by their exhibition, Aquatopia. The aim of the pilot programme was to improve patient experience at the hospital, to reaffirm patient's sense of identity and for carers and hospital staff to draw on techniques for the workshop, providing valuable development opportunities and insights into how to better support those with dementia. A team of young artists from New Art Exchange were commissioned to engage with the process as creative observers to awaken their understanding about dementia and produce poetry, an art film, photography and a documentary film.