Who We Are

A picture of the New Art Exchange building from street view, a group of woman in formation dancing and on he opposite side a group of people filming/watching the performance.

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.

Creative Programme

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.

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.



We would like to acknowledge the financial support NAE has received from our Funders and Partners.

Arts Council England, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham Trent University, Freelands Foundation.


NAE are a Living Wage Employer

NAE are proud to be  a Living Wage Employer. The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate that is voluntarily paid by over 10,000 UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a wage which meets everyday needs.

an illustration celebrating that New Art Exchange is a Living Wage employer.