Research

'Phoenix's Last Song', Dorine Van Meel and Jules Sturm in conversation, 'The Unexpected Beautiful Phrase' at Nottingham Contemporary, 2019. Photo: Sam Kirby

Nottingham Contemporary is a site for collectively producing and sharing knowledge. We believe that contemporary artistic practices activate conversations about broader cultural and political questions.

We work with partners and audiences to practice the institution as a site of knowledge production and explore artistic and curatorial practices in its contemporary debates. We develop research projects and study programmes, support academic studies through placements and Collaborative Doctoral Awards, and produce publications, including our online publishing platform, The Contemporary Journal, which expands on the programme’s ideas through commissioning across multiple formats: essays, poetry, artists’ writings, moving image and sonic works.

Our public programmes activate our research questions and rehearse new methods and ideas in the cultural field. Our long-term research strands are developed in collaboration with local and international artists, activists and academics. This research is shared through free, public events, new writing and commissions, on-site and online, contributing to wider debates in visual cultures and contemporary art.

Research Strands

Collaborative Research

The Contemporary Journal