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Friday, 14 December 2018
Team Contemporary’s 2018 Highlights


As we round up 2018, we ask the team at Nottingham Contemporary what their highlights have been.



Cedric, Assistant Curator

My highlight of the year was probably working with Okwui Okpokwasili and attending the wonderful and moving performance ‘Poor People’s TV Room’ – the energies she managed to summon through her movements were just breathtaking. Every time I think about it, my heartbeat accelerates. Rare are the artists able to leave such a long-lasting imprint in your bones, veins and muscles.


Mercè, Assistant Curator - Public Programmes & Research

My highlight of the year was to have a medium invited to one of the Study Sessions for Linder’s season back in April, and we had a séance! I never expected anything like this to happen in an art gallery and neither did most of the participants!


LJ, Marketing Manager

My highlight of the year was The Grand Tour, which celebrated the rich cultural offer in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. We got to work in partnership with Chatsworth, The Harley Gallery, Derby Museums, and a wide range of other venues: galleries, stately homes, archives, cathedrals, and even food workshops. It showed me the East Midlands in a Whole new way, and made me realise how lucky I am to be living in an area with so much rich culture to explore.


Sarah, Gallery Assistant

This Wednesday marks my first year working at Contemporary. Working here has changed everything for me. I got a little lost during the ‘nappy years’ in full time motherhood. It took its toll on me. Here I’ve made some new friends, gained new knowledge, seen some amazing things and I can still pick up my kids from school. I’m making/creating/thinking again. I know it’s because I come here and go away inspired. My fave thing about this year/this job is talking to the visitors. All year has been a highlight for me.


Andy, Head of Audiences & Partnerships

The launch of Still I Rise was the standout highlight of my year. A wonderful celebration of an exhibition more than 2 years in the making. We knew it would be busy, but we weren’t ready for queues down the street! It was a special night – the exhibition deserved the attention. Knowing that Nottingham Contemporary can provide the people of Nottingham (and beyond) with such thought-provoking experiences and exhibitions makes me so proud to work here.


Sam, Associate Artist

I enjoyed my first ever Schools Celebration event for the David Ross Educational Trust schools programme. Bringing together artwork made at schools across the region and seeing pupils, family members and teachers make the trip from as far away as Corby and Skegness. Working hard with the other Associate Artists to get the exhibition ready in time and sharing the fruits of the project with the world was a proud moment.


Simon, Gallery Assistant

One bright crisp winters morning in early 2018 I am sitting on the wall outside the galleries waiting for the building to open. As I wait a gentleman sits close by and we begin talking. He tells me of his plight and how he became homeless...he tells me of his first night experiences here in Nottingham...we talk about many things...difficult things and for the main part I some point I tell him how pleased I was to have this opportunity to talk with him...and I reflect back on what he has told me...I remind him of the sun...this moment...and how I hope he will be OK...I have no recollection as to what else I had said before we parted...we shook hands and I went into work...

Some six months later a well-dressed man finds me in Gallery four...he has been looking for me...he is here in Nottingham to thank me and to give me a hug...I don't ask is the same gentleman I had met previously...he tells me I had done something few had done...I listened and talked with him...and whatever else I had said he told me that he had found some hope...on that crisp winters morning in early 2018 he had returned to his home town, reconnected with his family, secured his former job, found a new home and with help turned around his life...I have no idea what my contribution was...all I know is that at Nottingham Contemporary we make a difference...we are more than an art gallery...there is a humanity to what we do and who we are... 



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