Who are we?
New Art Exchange 'Culturally Diverse Arts for All'
New Art Exchange (NAE) is a contemporary arts space in Nottingham that celebrates the region's cultural richness and diversity. It is the largest gallery in the UK dedicated to culturally diverse contemporary visual arts. The venue presents an ever-changing programme of art exhibitions, creative activities for families and young people, film screenings, symposiums, lectures, festivals and a live performance programme of music, dance and theatre. Entry to NAE is FREE!
In addition to three gallery spaces, the venue has a café bar serving delicious home-made food from around the world. We also house a number of workshops and performance spaces.
Our programme of activities is dedicated to stimulating new perspectives on the value of diversity within art and society. Within our galleries we present the work of world renowned British and international artists. Past exhibitors have included: Rashid Rana, Zineb Sedira, Hurvin Anderson, Yara El-Sherbini, Nari Ward, Christian Marclay and Elizabeth Price (as part of British Art Show 7), Leo Asemota, Raghu Rai, Hetain Patel, Sokari Douglas Camp, Doug Fishbone and Zarina Bhimji.
NAE is an ACE National Portfolio Organisation. Diversity, innovation and excellence are at the heart of NAE's work. On an annual basis NAE engage over 70,000 visitors, over 100,000 audiences (40% of which are Black Minority Ethnic), deliver over 20 high quality exhibitions and over 90 events and performances. In a bid to embed innovation in policy and practice, NAE also provides specialist support for culturally diverse artists, creative enterprises, cultural leaders and strategic partners.
NAE is also Executive Producer of EM15 an East Midlands partnership presenting a collateral Pavilion at Venice Biennale #56: Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf featuring John Akomfrah, Yara El-Sherbini, Doug Fishbone, Ellie Harrison, Candice Jacobs, Hetain Patel, Lindsay Sears, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Eyal and Ines Weizman. New Art Exchange is central to the urban renaissance of Nottingham, growing new untapped audiences and artistic talent as well as connecting the space and associated artists internationally across the world.
About Our Exhibitions
The exhibitions programme at New Art Exchange is designed to extend the mission statement of the organisation: to stimulate new perspectives on the value of diversity in art and society.
We believe in the power of the arts to stimulate important political debate within the public realm, however, artists of a non-white British heritage and those working in the arts in this context are currently greatly under represented within the sector. To address this imbalance and to ensure the perspectives of a broader range of cultures and communities are seen and heard, we take positive action to engage individuals from diverse backgrounds and those exploring diversity in their work.
The term diversity is used to capture issues and voices left marginalised or excluded in art and society, due to sexuality, age, culture, gender, disability or religion. The key focus at NAE continues to be culturally diverse Black Minority Ethnic communities.
With a focus on contemporary fine art practice, NAE presents a curated programme of temporary exhibitions. To both inspire excellence and to support the development of new talent, we work with a range of artists from the internationally acclaimed to the local and emerging. Our mission statement and our geographical location in the heart of Hyson Green, Nottingham, inspires everything we do, and we endeavour to present exhibitions that are both pertinent to our local community and relevant on a global scale.
Our Mission Statement
'Stimulating new perspectives about the value of diversity in art and society'
NAE will champion, embrace and engender cultural diversity in all that we do. We will play a leading and stimulating role in the region to ensure that diversity resonates more widely at a national and international level. Through our commitment to informing and promoting the relationship between art and society, NAE will strive to make increasingly visible the contribution of diverse voices to this agenda.
• Nurturing: To become a place where talent and creativity is nurtured.
• Accessible: To make art and culture accessible to all.
• Open and experimental: To be open and receptive to new ideas and opportunities.
• Excellence: To recognise the value of excellence in all that we do.
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