Exhibitions at Nottingham Castle

Information about the Exhibitions programme here at Nottingham Castle.

The Long gallery and temporary exhibitions galleries are currently closed in preparation for the next exhibition.  The long gallery will re-open on the 6th of December and the Nottingham Castle Open will launch on the 13th of December!

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ReconFigure Paintings

ReconFigure Paintings

Andrew Bracey

6 December 2014 to 18 January 2015
Long Gallery

ReconFigure Paintings is a series of work by Andrew Bracey, winner of the 'Nottingham Castle Open 2014 Solo Show' prize, that features parasitic, painted additions to the 'host' human figures that exist within historical paintings.

 Bracey selected 20 figurative paintings from the Castle's own Fine Art collection as a foundation to create a body of new work.  Responding to the diversity and breadth of this collection, Bracey worked on high quality reproductions of popular (and some lesser known) oil paintings that are normally on display in the Long Gallery - each varying in style, period and type of figuration - that have been worked over with geometric/crystalline paintwork.

On specified days Andrew will continue to develop the ReconFigure Paintings whilst they are still on display, painting them 'live' in the gallery during opening hours so that visitors will see his works evolve as the exhibition progresses:

Saturday 6 December 2014, 12pm to 4pm

Thursday 11 December 2014, 12pm to 4pm

Thursday 8 January 2015, 12pm to 4pm

Friday 16 January 2015, 12pm to 4pm

The Café Table Commissions Re-unpacking

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Tom Butler, Tim Dunbar, Tracey Eastham, Henrietta Simson, Annabel Tilley and Jenny Wiener.

Curated by Andrew Bracey

6 December 2014 - 22 March 2015
Café at the Castle

For the latest instalment of the Café Table Commissions, this exhibition explores 6 artists' re-engagement with their historical (pre-20th century) precursors, by looking at how they utilise, transform and re-imagine specific artworks from a previous artistic era.  The show complements Andrew Bracey's exhibition, ReconFigure Paintings (6 December 2014 to 17 January 2015), creating further conversations and lineages between contemporary and historical artists.

The Nottingham Castle Annual Open 2014

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13 December 2014 to 18 January 2015

Temporary Exhibition Galleries

Margie Andrew-Reichelt | Chloe Ashley | Alan Baker | Shaun Belcher | Jackie Berridge | Hasret Brown | Lotti Closs | Daniel Cowlam | Sumiko Eadon | Craig Fisher | Joanna Fursman | Adam Grüning | Jack Holden | Abi Hubbard | Melanie Jakubson  | Geoff Diego Litherland | Andrew Macara  | Danica Maier  | Tracy-Ann Marrison  | Craig David Parr |  Faith Pearson |  Adrian Pearsons  | James Politano |  Simon Raven and Jim Brouwer |  Reactor  | David Severn | Corinna Spencer | Sarah Terry | Oliver Tirré | Lois Wallace | Corey Whyte  | Jodie Wingham

Nottingham Castle Open Image For more than 136 years Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, the first municipal Museum and Art Gallery outside of London, has played host to an 'open-style' exhibition, an event which celebrates the enormous creative talent within the region. The Nottingham Castle Open is now one of the busiest and most exciting events in the Castle's annual calendar, and the largest art prize of its type in the Midlands. 

The Nottingham Castle Open is nationally recognised for being the most forward thinking exhibition for showing innovative Fine and Contemporary art, aimed specifically to nurture and support artists with their careers.  The exhibition is always a 'visual feast' that demonstrates current artistic practices from the widest possible range of work made over the past 12 months, and as such, the Nottingham Castle Open is a valuable and respected vehicle for the region's emerging and established artists. 

Through a competitive process, the Open has attracted close to 447 applications for the 2014 exhibition, which has now been whittled down to 32 artists by our prestigious independent panel of Kirsty Ogg, Sean Edwards and Antony Micallef.  Each exhibiting artist has a chance to win a variety of impressive prizes that include cash, exhibition, residency, artist materials and professional support, including the £2,000 main prize and a solo exhibition at Nottingham Castle.   

Nottingham Castle Open 2013

Most works in the exhibition are for sale.

For full details visit www.nottinghamcastleopen.com

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