Le Salon

Celebrating and encouraging creativity sits at the heart of Hassan Hajjaj's practice. As such, he has transformed our Mezzanine Gallery space into Le Salon – an immersive site specific art installation where visitors can read, relax and research. Le Salon is also a platform to experience local talent.

How to get involved with Le Salon

Need a FREE space to perform? Test out new music? Present a live art piece? Showcase some spoken word? Host that public discussion? Le Salon offers you a FREE space to perform, test out music, present a live art piece, showcase some spoken work or host a public discussion or else.

Le Salon is a creative space in New Art Exchange's Mezzanine Gallery open to performers, musicians, spoken word artists and anyone who needs an informal space to perform. Part of Hassan Hajjaj's exhibition The Path, Le Salon is all about celebrating creativity and providing space for Nottingham-based artists to present their talents.

If you're an artist who would like to present your work in a self-contained, informal space, can bring your own audience, don't mind extra audience from NAE's gallery visitors, and don't need to plug in any equipment, this might be the opportunity for you.

What NAE will provide:
- A beautiful, intimate space in our Mezzanine gallery
- Low stage big enough for up to 3 people standing (TBC)
- Promotion of your performance on our social media platforms
- Room for approximately 25 people in the audience

What you'll provide:
- Any kind of performance or public event that needs a stage, so long as it's aligned with NAE's ethos of mutual respect, and is appropriate for all ages.
- Any amplification equipment (battery powered only)
- Ideally your own audience

To book your slot or for more information, please contact bethan@nae.org.uk
Terms and conditions apply.

Further information on Le Salon

With its patterned walls and repurposed furniture, Le Salon pays reference to traditional front-room living spaces in Morocco – a social space for drinking tea and hosting guest. But in designing and decorating the space, Hajjaj also proves himself wary of ideas of authenticity. In this respect Le Salon is less a faithful recreation of a Moroccan location than it is an invitation for the public to occupy more than one space at a time, adopting in the process the perspective of cultural duality that informs much of Hajjaj's work and worldview.

Le Salon also exhibits photographs from Hajjaj's Between series, images taken on the move as the artist travels through the streets and cities of Africa and the Middle East. The works here have never been exhibited in public and they reveal another side to Hajjaj's practice. In lieu of carefully composed studio portraiture we see him treating the street itself as a studio; his photographs are testament to the dynamism, the synergies of pattern and colour, and even the moments of inadvertent visual comedy that he encounters in his journeys.


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