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Art & Craft in & around Nottinghamshire

The following is intended as a rough guide to the art and craft scene in Nottinghamshire (& a bit beyond).

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Other Open Studios

Notts Open Studio groups, Craft Fairs & other events:

Harley Studio Group - Does a Christmas open studio

Lady Bay Festival - Mid May

Sherwood Art Week - late June

Southwell Artists - biannual open studios event

Southwell Minster Craft Fair - in Nov


Chesterfield - 'West Studios', open studios in May.

Leicester - 'Art House', open studios in June.

Lincolnshire - 'Art on the Map', open studios in May.

Derbyshire - 'Derbyshire Open Arts', open studios in May/June (25-27 May in 2013).

Northamptonshire - 'Open Studios Northamptonshire', open studios in September.

North Yorkshire - 'North Yorkshire Open Studios', open studios in June.

Rutland - 'Rutland Open Studios', open studios in June.

Sheffield - 'Open Up Sheffield', open studios in May.


Open Studios Network | Open Studios Comms - shares information about other open studios around the UK & beyond.


Regional Support for Notts Artists/Makers

In addition to the Open Studios Notts initiative there are various areas of support open to Notts artists.

Nottinghamshire Arts Fund - run by Notts County Council

Newark & Sherwood District Council arts funding

Creative Greenhouse - provides support and training for artists and creative businesses in Derbys and Notts

eBusiness Club - runs short training courses on ICT for local businesses (some of it free depending on location)

National Promotion of Arts and Crafts and Support for Artists/Makers

Arts Council England

Crafts Council

National Federation of  Artists' Studio Providers (NFAST) - A membership body working to secure affordable studios for artists across England

What's On Guides

Newark & Sherwood District Council have an arts guide.

Southwell Events - Southwell Town Council events page.

Creative Quarter - includes info about art in Nottingham.

Nottinghamshire County Council - Arts page, with information about art and craft events in the county. See also their facebook page.

Where Can We Go - online guide to events in Britain.

Craft & Design Month - listing of craft events in Britain throughout May.

Nottinghamshire Gallery spaces

Bassetlaw Museum - museum, including an art gallery, in Retford.  Notts-districts  galleries-white

Harley Gallery - gallery, craft shop and studios linked to the Harley Foundation

Mansfield Museum - includes the 'Escapes' art & exhibition spaces including a permanent exhibition of watercolours by Mansfield artist Albert Sorby Buxton, an 18th C porcelain collection and temporary exhibition space.

Patchings Art Centre - gallery, art & pottery studio,  restaurant, framers and art materials shop

Sherwood Forest Art & Craft Centre - art and craft centre with studios and cafe in former Coach House and Stables of Edwinstowe Hall within Sherwood Forest.

Spotlight Gallery - Newark Town Hall Museum

Thoresby Gallery - Gallery on the Thoresby estate

Nottinghamshire Library Gallery Hire - Exhibition space in the Notts libraries

Nottingham Galleries

The big ones:

New Art Exchange - dedicated cultural facility for Black contemporary arts

Nottingham Castle - Nottingham City Council art gallery

Nottingham Contemporary - Regional contemporary art gallery

Lakeside Arts Centre - Nottingham University arts centre, including Djanogly Art Gallery & D H Lawrence Pavilion

Some others (within an evolving art scene in Nottingham):

Backlit - artists studios and galleries of Nottingham Trent University graduates

Bonnington Gallery - Nottingham Trent University gallery

Lace Market Gallery - New College Nottingham

Moot - gallery space originally established by Nottingham Trent University graduates

Surface Gallery - independent, voluntary run contemporary art gallery

Tether - artists collective

Other Galleries in the Region

HMS Exhibition Space - Exhibition Space within the Harrington Mills Studios in Long Eaton, set up for artists to showcase their work (the studios have a Nottingham postcode, but are just inside Derbyshire).

Bend in the River - Contemporary Art Gallery, Gainsborough

National Centre for Craft & Design - Sleaford

Sam Scorer Gallery - Gallery run by a charitable trust, Lincoln

Usher Gallery - Lincoln City art Gallery, part of 'The Collection'

Local Council Websites

Nottinghamshire County Council - Arts page

Ashfield District Council - Arts & Entertainment

Bassetlaw District Council - Arts & Entertainment

Broxtowe Borough Council - Arts, Events & Play

Gedling Borough Council - Arts, Events & Play

Mansfield District Council - Leisure & Culture

Newark Town Council - select 'Museum' where there is a link to the town hall museum website

Newark & Sherwood District Council - Arts

Nottingham City Council - look for 'Whats On'

Rushcliffe Borough Council - Leisure & Culture

Southwell Town Council - the 'events' tab include arts events and information on galleries

Local Media

Bramley newspaper

Calverton Echo

Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser

Life Magazines

Mansfield & Ashfield Chad

Newark Advertiser - & Southwell Advertiser, Bingham Advertiser, etc

Retford People - website of The Retford Times.

Southwell Scoop

This is Nottingham - from the Nottingham Post

Worksop Guardian

BBC Radio Nottingham

Boundary Sound - was Newark local radio, now a music blog.

Capital FM