Other News at NAE


On Friday 20 November a small fire occurred in the NAE café. This cause of fire has been identified as an electrical fault on a piece of fixed equipment in the kitchen.

Repairs and refurbishment to the kitchen are currently being carried out, in the meantime although the café will open as usual, we are unfortunately only able to offer a limited menu during the period.

Further updates will be placed on our website and through our social media outlets.

We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.



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New Art Exchange highlights way forward for cultural diversity

New Art Exchange (NAE) is proud to be included in a national report produced by the Creative Industries Federation in partnership with MOBO.

The report entitled 'Creative Diversity: The state of diversity in the UK's creative industries, and what we can do about it' explores the broad definition of diversity encompassing ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality, age and differing socioeconomic backgrounds. It presents new research supporting the argument that the creative industries often fail to reflect the diversity of their local population. As well as promoting the social benefits, the report outlines the economic benefits of engaging diverse audiences, citing a direct correlation between diversity and financial return.

Case studies are presented from "the most forward-thinking businesses and organisations" including New Art Exchange who place their mission statement at the heart of their activity; 'to stimulate new perspectives about the value of diversity in art and society'. Correspondingly, Chief Executive at New Art Exchange, Skinder Hundal, describes the role of cultural diversity within the organisation.

NAE doesn't just recognize and respect cultural diversity, here it is valued, is at the heart of our work, and directly influences our curatorial processes and programming models including, exhibitions, festivals, performances, seminars, residencies and publications.

New Art Exchange is based in one of the most culturally diverse neighbourhoods in England, and accordingly, it is the largest space in the UK dedicated to culturally diverse contemporary visual arts. Within Hundal's feature, he stresses the importance of conducting strong audience research which influences programming through responding to social needs and interests. The organisation's success is also attributed to the culturally diverse staff base, through which varied perspectives combine and leads to a greater understanding of cultural differences.

Finally, Hundal places importance on connecting with other organisations, supporting and learning from one another. He explains:

We work to identify curators, artists and organisations that share our vision and support one another through partnerships and collaborations. In turn, we and they gather greater understanding of audiences, serving to improve programming.

New Art Exchange is proud to be a model of best practice, and is determined to continually uphold these values, responding to ever-changing challenges of representing cultural diversity.

The full article, 'Creative Diversity: The state of diversity in the UK's creative industries, and what we can do about it' is available from the Creative Industries Federation website, http://www.creativeindustriesfederation.com/news/. Published September 2015.


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Just Another Photo Festival

New Art Exchange's CEO, Skinder Hundal, is one of several international curators for 'Just Another Photo Festival', New Delhi, India / 25th - 30th September 2015. NAE has enabled five lens-based artists the opportunity to exhibit within Delhi's public spaces.

The artists include photographer Ben Harriot, whose work explores cultural identity and the relationship between the physical, emotional and the subconscious capturing the hidden moments within a Caribbean Barber shop. Kajal Patel uses film, photography and storytelling to learn about and engage with important social issues exploring Asian women at work. Karl Ohiri, an artist and photographer merging conceptual art and documentary image making, and shares an intimate collection of partially destroyed photographs that share the breakdown of his mother's relationship with her ex-husband. Documentary photographer, Mahtab Hussain, who exhibited 'The Commonality of Strangers' at NAE in 2014 features a selection of images from this major solo show to represent how migrant communities find a sense of place, and Sayed Hasan who uses photography and video to question the accepted norms of culture and society, documenting his personal experiences to a public presents 'Form' where he playfully engages the public to explore the bureaucratic box where we are increasingly asked to label and categorise ourselves.

Click here for more information about the project.

Zero Plus Theatre brings 1914: All Our Heroes to Nottingham

Bookings open from April 2015.

New Art Exchange are working in partnership with Zero Plus Theatre, to deliver a tour of performances of their new production, 1914: All Our Heroes, to schools in Nottingham.

More information coming soon.

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Travelling to MELA the Green Way

Free Kangaroo Tickets!


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Do you want to make the most of the MELA weekend? Not sure on the best way to get there? We can help! The Sustrans Smarter Travel team will be at New Art Exchange on Saturday 30 August, 9am – 5pm, with info and advice about travelling to the different MELA activities. We will also be giving away free Kangaroo day tickets* to help you make the most of the weekend activities. The Kangaroo ticket can be used on all buses, trams and trains within the Nottingham Kangaroo boundary.

*We only have a limited number of kangaroo tickets so please come early to avoid disappointment.

This activity is being delivered as part of the Nottingham Urban Area's successful Local Sustainable Transport Fund programme helping to establish Nottingham as an exemplar for integrated sustainable transport. For further details visit www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/lstfprojects.

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Here are a few useful tips to help you to start planning your journey:


Cycling or walking
The Nottingham City Cycle map is a very useful map to plan your walking or cycling route. You can find it online here. Alternatively, you can pick up a hard copy from the Tourist Information Centre or from our travel stall at New Art Exchange on 30 August.


Travelling to the New Art Exchange
Gregory Boulevard, NG7 6BE

Catch a tram and get off the tram at 'Forest' stop

NCT buses / Turquoise Line: 77, 78, 79 – get off the bus at 'Hartley Road' stop


Travelling to Trent Bridge Cricket Ground

Catch any of the following buses from Nottingham city centre:

NCT buses
Green Line: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 – get off the bus at 'Cricket Ground' stop
Navy Line: 1, 2, 3, and Green Line 10 – get off the bus at 'County Hall' stop
Visit the Nottingham City Transport website for timetables and route maps

Trent Barton buses
Ruddington Connection, towards Clifton - get off the bus at 'County Hall' stop
Keyworth Connection, towards Ruddington Business Park – get off the bus at 'County Hall' stop
Visit the Trent Barton website for timetables and route maps.


Travelling to Victoria Embankment Bandstand
Riverside Embankment Road, NG2 2JY

Catch any of the following NCT buses from Nottingham city centre:
Green Line: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10, 11 – get off the bus at 'Trent Bridge, Victoria Embankment' stop
Visit the Nottingham City Transport website for timetables and route maps.

Trent Barton Buses
Ruddington Connection, towards Clifton – get off the bus at 'Trent Bridge, Victoria Embankment' stop
Keyworth Connection, towards Keyworth – get off the bus at 'Trent Bridge, Victoria Embankment' stop
Visit the Trent Barton website for timetables and route maps.

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Since Nottingham launched the first national Mela in 1988, the annual festival celebrates South Asian arts and culture through vibrant events and activities across Nottingham. This year's Mela festival coincides with the One-Day International India vs. England cricket match at Trent Bridge, to present a weekend of Culture, Games and History. Visitors can enjoy an exciting selection of food, film, theatre, music, digital projects, family workshops, and visual arts.

We will be producing and disseminating A3 pull-out festival guides across the 2 weekends, reaching an audience of 20,000 people. Audiences will consist of a mixture of young people, families, South-Asian and culturally diverse audiences, as well as cricket fans. The guide content will mainly consist of the Mela line-up, making it a great way to connect with culturally diverse young people and families. We are offering inserts in the Mela guide for advertisements at a rate of £150 per slot (+VAT).

For more details, please email laurajade@nae.org.uk or download the forms below.

Advertising Information

Advertising Booking Form




NAE Cheers for England's First Black Football Player

This Saturday, England kick-off their World Cup campaign with an exciting young team composed of English players from diverse ethnic backgrounds.

To celebrate multi-culturalism and the new sporting season, Karl Ohiri's photograph Three Lions: A Portrait of Benjamin Odeje (2014) will be presented at New Art Exchange throughout the World Cup.

Through his photography, Ohiri tells the story of Benjamin Odeje, the first black footballer on the English team, whose talent and courage paved the way for players today. The portrait reflects how the determined footballer triumphed over a barrage of racial abuse and disapproval from his family.

His significant achievements reflect the current English football team; a representation of the culturally diverse nature of the nation.

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Real Creative Experts
For Real Creative Futures

Call for Creative Industry Experts in:
Performing Arts / Visual Arts / Music / Crafts / Design / Film / Photography / Broadcasting / Advertising / Architecture / Publishing / Software


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New Art Exchange (NAE) is calling for expressions of interest from Industry Experts to provide professional and enterprise development support for participants of its creative business support programmes, Real Creative Futures and ExperiMentor.

Real Creative Futures is a transformational programme of support for Nottingham's creative businesses and practitioners, delivered in partnership between New Art Exchange, NBV and Nottingham City Council, with funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). ExperiMentor is an intensive, curated support programme for the professional development of visual and performance artists and entrepreneurs.

In order to be considered for this role, you must complete and submit an expression of interest form with an up to date CV, to Maddie Smart, Real Creative Futures Programme Assistant maddie@nae.org.uk with "Industry Expert" in the subject line of your email.


Download forms:

Full call document

Expression of interest

Deadline for completed expressions of interest:
12 noon, Thursday 27th March 2014


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Real Creative Futures is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit


John Akomfrah, The Unfinished Conversation at Tate Britain

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New Art Exchange is delighted to see the The Unfinished Conversation displayed at Tate Britain until 23 March 2014. The Unfinished Conversation by John Akomfrah, is a moving and multi-layered film installation about Jamaican-born academic Stuart Hall. The piece, commissioned by Autograph ABP, exhibited at NAE during summer 2013.

The Unfinished Conversation is presented as an immersive three-channel video installation, and examines the nature of the visual as triggered across the individual's memory landscape with particular reference to identity and race. The film sees academic Stuart Hall's memories and personal archives extracted and relocated in an imagined and different time, reflecting the questionable nature of memory itself. The Unfinished Conversation looks at the theory that identity is not an essence or being but instead a becoming, where individual subjectivities are formed in both real and fictive spaces.

The project is funded by Arts Council England, Grants For Arts and supported by the Bluecoat, NAE, Nottingham and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University, Boston, Royal College Inspire Programme and Smoking Dogs Films. With kind support from NAXOS Audio Books, The Open University and BBC, Time/Image and Getty Images.


ExperiMentor Updates: Ben Harriot and Sidelong

This month two of New Art Exchange's ExperiMentor artists will be exhibiting exciting new work. On 18th January, photographer Ben Harriott, launches his solo exhibition Footsteps: Memory and Perception at Thoresby Gallery. On 19th January, art collaboration, Sidelong present a one day exhibition at New Art Exchange Underworld: Exhibition and Publication Launch. ExperiMentor is NAE's programme to support the professional development of artistic practitioners.

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On 18th January, Ben Harriot will exhibit a series of work made in response to the country estate at Thoresby Gallery, Newark. Created during his residency at Thoresby Gallery, Ben spent time with workers, getting to know them in their habitual environment, and inviting people to question their own cultural legacy. Through photography he aims to capture the essence of Thoresby and to reveal a reality beyond what is perceptible to the senses. The launch event is 18th January, 11am- 1pm, and the exhibition continues until 9th February. For details, please see the artist residency website www.goodmawn.in, or visit the artist's website, www.benharriott.com.

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On 19th January 3pm-5pm, Sidelong will explore the myths and mysteries of Nottingham caves in a one day exhibition. Presented within an atmospheric exhibition space evocative of a cave, Underworld features a short video of extracts from A Walk Through the Underworld, sound recordings of cave legends, fabricated cave relics, and unique artworks inspired by Nottingham's cave environments. Underworld marks the launch of Sidelong's publication A Box of Things, which includes two pamphlets of new writing by Wayne Burrows. Sidelong is an art collaboration between Jo Dacombe and Laura-Jade Klée, committed to exploring the undiscovered or unnoticed in the everyday. For more information about the project, please see sidelonguk.blogspot.com.

To discover more about ExperiMentor and the artists we are collaborating with, please visit our webpage http://bit.ly/1a5EHms. In April there will be a public opportunity to meet ExperiMentor and to see examples of their work produced during the programme.




Christmas Cheer in Hyson Green as New Art Exchange Scoops £800k New Funding in 2013!

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Scooping an impressive £800k new funding this year, New Art Exchange brings 2013 to a close with the promise of many exciting new opportunities and projects launching for communities, artists, businesses and Nottingham residents in 2014.

It is true that if arts organisations are to thrive in today's difficult economic climates, they need to act differently, think innovatively and entrepreneurially, build new partnerships, and attract new and different investors to their work. In 2012, New Art Exchange, an art gallery in the heart of Nottingham's Hyson Green neighbourhood, set out to do just that, putting in place a strategy for business growth, diversification, development and income generation, and using its much sought-after core funding from Arts Council as crucial leverage and match funding. Their strategy has now started to pay dividends with a range of commercial partnerships and new funding successes throughout 2013, and today New Art Exchange is delighted to announce it has landed new funding from the EU, Arts Council's Strategic Touring Programme and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, bringing the running total to £800k new investment into its work this year!

But it is not just about the money. A range of new opportunities will be created for the people of Nottingham and further afield to benefit. With support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), New Art Exchange will come together with Nottingham City Council and local business support experts, NBV, to deliver a transformational new programme of business support to Nottingham's creative businesses – the Creative Futures project. Based in Hyson Green at New Art Exchange, Creative Futures will support hundreds of businesses and people in the City to start creative enterprises, bringing jobs and opportunities to some of the City's most disadvantaged urban areas. The project launches early 2014.

Councillor Graham Chapman, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Resources and Neighbourhood Regeneration at Nottingham City Council, commented:

We are delighted by the successful funding bids by the New Art Exchange. Creative businesses are at the heart of our strategy for developing business in Nottingham, and are crucial to the success of our local economy. We want to ensure that local people have the chance to work in these vibrant industries, and the support service that Creative Futures can provide will be essential to delivering this. We welcome this news as the city's creative sector goes from strength to strength.

NBV CEO Richard Dearden said:

NBV is delighted to join forces with the New Art Exchange and Nottingham City Council to deliver the Creative Futures project. Throughout 2013 NBV have seen an increasing number of people looking to start a new business within the creative sector and the blend of NBV, NAE and Nottingham City Council will enable us to offer a powerful programme of business support to help individuals start and grow a successful creative sector business.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, a leading UK private grant giving trust, has also awarded a grant for nearly £90k to New Art Exchange's exhibitions programme and its innovative ExperiMentor scheme, which provides specialist support to emerging artists and creative entrepreneurs, supporting them to launch new and exciting projects and business activities.

To top it all off this December, New Art Exchange is delighted to receive a new investment of over £170k from Arts Council's Strategic Touring Programme. This will support the gallery to commission and tour the work of some of the most exceptionally talented Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic artists in the UK, showcasing internationally acclaimed and culturally diverse art to new audiences here in Nottingham and nationwide.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said:

In today's economic climate resilience is the name of the game. It's important that all arts organisations work in partnership to develop funding relationships and increase their income, and that's exactly what New Art Exchange have excelled at this year. I hope they continue to prosper in 2014 and beyond.

2013 has seen New Art Exchange create a strong vision for its role in Nottingham's City neighbourhoods. New partnerships have come to fruition throughout the year with key housing agencies, health charities, schools, businesses and business support providers and many more. New Art Exchange demonstrates that art is no longer about champagne receptions and hobnobbing; art is for everyone - it cuts across the whole of society, and NAE's approach and new investment successes reflects this.

New Art Exchange CEO, Skinder Hundal says:

We are over the moon about the direction this year has taken us and the new investment and partnerships we have secured. Here at NAE, we have always seen art and creativity at the centre of society, impacting across all sectors of life, unlocking talent and growing positive and rewarding futures. These exciting new investment opportunities put us in the best possible position to launch transformational new areas of business and creative practice. It's certainly time to celebrate here and now at the end of this fantastic year for New Art Exchange! And moving into 2014 is where the real work begins – watch this space as we launch our new Creative Futures programme and kick start our Strategic Touring activities and many more projects and programmes.



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Public support is the only thing stopping Hyson Green becoming a leader in sustainability and artistic innovation after a New Art Exchange project, the Art Solar Garden, was shortlisted for the People's Millions public vote.

The project will go head-to-head with a Royal British Legion project in Mickelover on 25 November and if it gets the most votes, New Art Exchange (NAE) will receive funding to create an innovative community garden with a difference. The project will harness the energy of the sun through new solar panels installed at NAE in the heart of Hyson Green. It will also bring local people together to design the garden - an energising yet tranquil space, energised by solar energy, for the diverse peoples of Nottingham to create the international climates needed to grow plants and herbs from around the world. The garden will also have an inspiring light installation and an interactive cooking and events space which will represent the diverse cultures settled and settling in Nottingham's inner city.

The garden will be designed and maintained by local people, gardeners and artists. Chief Executive of NAE, Skinder Hundal, said the Art Solar Garden is about improving the lives of local people in Hyson Green and inner city Nottingham by stimulating new creative collaborations. It will aim to create a community spirit that is healthy, happy and creative, conscious about renewable energies, garden culture and the environment.

"The garden will bring worldwide sights, sounds, smells and tastes - from the Caribbean to Nepal - to Hyson Green in Nottingham. It will connect with gardens and allotments across the city and inspire local people, young and old, to get involved in gardening, cooking and working creatively together in the community," he said.

"We hope the space will be used regularly by local communities to share recipes, feast together and engage in cultural events and festivals, be conscious about the environment and active in making Hyson Green, green again, making the area even more vibrant and interconnected creativity - unleashing the imagination!" The People's Millions is a grants programme run by the Big Lottery Fund, in partnership with ITV, which has been running since 2005. To date they have made a total of 523 awards worth over £27.8 million and put the power in the public to decide which projects to support.

Jennifer Spencer, Chief Executive of Experience Nottinghamshire, who is also a Trustee of New Art Exchange, said: "The New Art Exchange gallery play an important role in the local visitor economy. It would be tremendous to get some local support behind their bid to gain funding from The People's Millions, as this would enhance their offer and help to raise their profile and Nottingham's nationally."

Voting for the Art Solar Garden opens at 9am on 25 November and closes at midnight. The phone number to call will only be revealed on this date - when an ITV special previewing NAE's project will air - at the following link: http://goo.gl/sJLG4L

For more information, or to organise interviews please contact Communications and Marketing Manager, Emma O'Neill, on emma@nae.org.uk or 01159248630


NAE Named Runner up Best Nottinghamshire Visitor Attraction

New Art Exchange was named runner up in the Best Visitor Attraction of the Year category at this year's Nottingham STARS Awards.

The award, which recognises the best in Nottinghamshire's tourism, culture, leisure and hospitality industries, was presented to the NAE team at a glittering ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza in Nottingham.

Chief Executive Skinder Hundal said it was a great honour to be named runner-up, especially considering the strength of Nottinghamshire's tourist attractions.

"It takes great confidence for an organisation to call itself a 'tourist attraction' and strive to attract international visitors. After five years of incredible growth, we think NAE has earned that confidence and are proud of this acknowledgement for both our team and the community of Hyson Green," he said.

Now in their eighth year, the aim of the Awards is to inspire the thousands of people who work in tourism in Nottinghamshire to achieve their very best. Thirty teams, businesses and individuals from across the county were shortlisted for the Awards.

Jennifer Spencer, Chief Executive of Experience Nottinghamshire, said the STARS Awards recognise and celebrate the people who make the tourism, culture, leisure and hospitality businesses in Nottinghamshire so special.

"These people make a difference by turning an average visitor experience into an exceptional one," she said.

Renewable Excellence for NAE and Nottingham Communities

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A solar PV system is due to be installed on the roof of New Art Exchange (NAE) this month. This project, made possible by grants from the E.ON and Nottingham City Council Sustainable Energy Fund and the Naturesave Trust, provides an excellent opportunity to not only reduce carbon emissions but create new revenues to enhance and deliver our community, outreach and young people's services with and for the local community.

We hope this project will create a wonderful best practice example for the local Hyson Green community, and the wider community and cultural sectors of Nottingham.

For more information about our partners on this project, Naturesave Trust, please click here.


New Art Exchange Join the Google Cultural Institute


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Ladies Who Rally. Copyright: Tanya Habjouqa

New Art Exchange (NAE) has become a partner of the Google Cultural Institute, joining a list of prestigious galleries and museums including; Anne Frank House, LIFE photo collection, Smithsonian Institution and the Nelson Mandela Centre.

Chief Executive of NAE, Skinder Hundal, said the organisation was honoured to join such a prestigious group, and was looking forward to contributing to the Google Cultural Institute's motto of helping 'preserve and promote culture online'.

"NAE always strive to think and deliver the new, and telling stories that champion, embrace and engender cultural diversity on a digital platform for the whole world to see does exactly that," he said.

The first digital story produced for the Google Cultural Institute by New Art Exchange draws on work from a previous NAE exhibition, Realism in Rawiya. Specifically, it focuses on the story of the Speed Sisters, the first all-female auto-racing team from Palestine. Composed of six women, the Speed Sisters represent the diversity of what Palestine has become with racers hailing from the fragmented corners of the West Bank and shows the differences in lifestyle determined by the varied economic opportunities of cities divided by checkpoints, settlements, walls, and different ID cards.

The story of the Speed Sisters is told by New Art Exchange on the digital platform by using the work of photographer and Rawiya member, Tanya Habjouqa, as well as clips from Speed Sisters, a documentary by film-maker Amber Fares.

To view the Speed Sisters digital story, click here.

For more information please contact Marketing and Communications Manager, New Art Exchange, Emma O'Neill on emma@nae.org.uk or 01159248630


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