Who are we?
New Art Exchange (NAE) is a ground-breaking, award-winning and internationally recognised creative space in the heart of Hyson Green, Nottingham. We are dedicated to promoting excellence in culturally diverse contemporary arts through our exhibitions, events and engagement initiatives.
We present a changing programme of exhibitions, public programme, creative activities for families and young people, film screenings, festival days, and live performance. NAE is the executive producer of Nottingham Mela, the oldest Mela in the UK and supports emerging artists and creative practitioners of the future through a range of talent development initiatives.
The organisation was formed in 2003 as a partnership between South Asian arts specialists APNA Arts and EMACA Visual Arts, a group dedicated to supporting African Caribbean artists. Together, these partners created a dynamic new organisation to drive the development of New Art Exchange. The organisation launched a new building designed by Hawkins/Brown which opened to critical acclaim in 2008.
The exhibition programme at NAE is designed to extend the mission statement of the organisation: to stimulate new perspectives on the value of diversity in art and society.
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. The programme to date has included: John Akomfrah, Zarina Bhimji, Larissa Sansour, Hardeep Pandhal, Shiraz Bayjoo, Sarah Maple, Phoebe Boswell, Larry Achiampong, Ima-Abasi Okon, Zineb Sedira, Mahtab Hussain, Hetain Patel, Sonia Boyce, Hassan Hajjaj, Rashid Rana, Sethembile Msezane, Zanele Muholi, and Christine Sun Kim.
Our touring exhibitions and artists commissions have been presented at key museums and galleries nationally and internationally including Arnofini, Modern Art Oxford, Tate Britain, Turner Contemporary, the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco, USA, The Sharjah Biennial, UAE, galleries in France, Italy, India and more.
New Art Exchange is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. Diversity, innovation and excellence are at the heart of our work. Over 80,000 people visit annually and a further 100,000+ audiences are reached through our touring exhibitions and offsite work. Every year over 20 high quality exhibitions and over 90 events and performances are delivered. In a bid to embed innovation in policy and practice we also provide specialist support for artists, creative enterprises, cultural leaders and strategic partners in dedicated talent development programmes. The Real Creative Futures programme has supported over 240 prestart ups and launched 7 new creative businesses recently.
We believe in the power of the arts to stimulate important political debate within the public realm. Artists and professionals from culturally diverse backgrounds are currently greatly underrepresented within the sector. To address this imbalance, they take positive action ensure the perspectives of a broader range of cultures and communities are seen and heard.
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.
NAE co-commissioned Mimesis: African Solider by John Akomfrah with 14-18NOW and Smoking Dogs Films which launched to critical acclaim at the Imperial War Museum in 2018.
Hurvin Anderson was nominated for the Turner Prize based on his exhibition, Dub Versions at New Art Exchange in 2016.
New Art Exchange was the Executive Producer of EM15 an East Midlands partnership presenting a collateral Pavilion at Venice Biennale #56: Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf featuring 50 artists including John Akomfrah, Yara El-Sherbini, Doug Fishbone, Ellie Harrison, Candice Jacobs, Hetain Patel, Lindsay Sears, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Eyal and Ines Weizman.
Speed Sisters, a story from the Realism in Rawiya exhibition, was developed and showcased on the Google Cultural institute in 2013
The Culture Cloud project in 2011 was one of 8 projects nationwide to receive pilot funding from NESTA Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.
In 2010 NAE co-hosted the British Art Show 7, featuring one of the first presentations of the internationally renowned artwork, The Clock, by Christian Marclay.
NAE's first major commission, Floating Coffins (2008) by Zineb Sedira was bought by the Tate Collection.
* Discussions around the use of the term 'culturally diverse' are ongoing within the organisation
Image credit: Ashok Mistry