Salman Toor, Art Room, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine.

DIALOGUES is a rolling programme, offering free 1-2-1 sessions. These informal sessions with Nottingham Contemporary staff are aimed at early-career artists based in the Nottinghamshire region, as well as any UK-based practitioners (should sessions remain available).

These sessions will last up to 30 minutes and give participants the chance to discuss their work, receive advice and critical feedback on topics such as artist statements, portfolio building, funding applications and more. Please see our staff bios below for more information on staff specialities and areas of expertise.

Sessions will be made available at the beginning of each month and can be booked on a first-come, first-served basis through our Eventbrite.

Please read our FAQ guide here before making a booking.

Please include information in your booking stating what you would like to focus on during the session, and send us any work to be discussed a week in advance, in order to allow staff time to review.

For more information please contact cananbatur@nottinghamcontemporary.org

About the event

Online. Free. Limited Capacity. Booking is required.

The following staff members are available for sessions this month:

Canan Batur is the curator of Live Programmes at Nottingham Contemporary. Previously, she worked at De La Warr Pavilion, where she developed the exhibitions ‘Alexi Marshall: Cursebreakers’, ‘All in the Same Storm: Pandemic Patchwork Stories’, ‘Holly Hendry: Indifferent Deep’, ‘Marc Bauer: Mal/Etre’ and ‘Zadie Xa: Child of Magohalmi and the Echoes of Creation’; as well as programmes ’Care and Citizenship’ and ‘Rock Against Racism: Militant Entertainment on Radio’. She is also the co-founder and co-director of the Museum for the Displaced (Mf D). Batur has written and developed projects for Platform Asia (2021); NTU CCA, Singapore (2020); RAW Material Company, Dakar (2019); Rupert, Vilnius (2019); 1.1, Basel (2019); Shanghai Biennial XII, Shanghai (2018). She co-directed clearview.ltd in London (2016-2018) and was a member of the Baltic Triennial XIII curatorial team (2017-2018). She is currently working with Loading Art Space in Diyarbakır on a series titled ‘Confabulations’, providing consultations to artists based in and around the region.

Canan's areas of interest include curatorial and artistic practice, application writing and funding and working with galleries, museums and cultural institutions.

Nicole Yip has been Chief Curator at Nottingham Contemporary since July 2019. She oversees the organisation’s exhibitions programme, new commissions, publications, live programmes and online journal.

From 2016­ to 2019 she was Director of LUX Scotland, a national agency for the support and promotion of artists’ moving image practices in Scotland. Her work there included exhibition, commissioning, production, touring, professional development and artist support, as well as delivering the annual Margaret Tait Award. She previously worked at LUX, London; Firstsite, Colchester; and ICA, London, and has curated exhibitions and projects at venues including Tramway, Glasgow; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Nassau; the Kochi-Muziris Biennale; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and The Showroom, London. Her writing has been published by frieze, CURA, the Paul Mellon Centre and Yale University Press, amongst others. She is a trustee of Film London and chair of Film London’s Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN).

Nicole's areas of interest include general advice, curatorial practice, artists’ moving image, professional practice and artist development, and support with grant writing.

Sam Thorne has been director of Nottingham Contemporary since 2016. Prior to that, he was artistic director of Tate St Ives, associate editor of frieze magazine, and a co-founder of Open School East.

Sam's areas of interest include exhibitions histories, self-organised education, and experimental music of all kinds.