Family Explorer Resources: In the gallery

A girl lying down, on her back, on the carpeted floor in a gallery looking up to the camera
Photo: Sam Kirby

If you are visiting our gallery, make sure you pick up one of our Family Explorer bags from reception to help you and the family explore the galleries together.

There are a variety of activities to suit a range of ages and abilities, addressing key themes of the work in the exhibitions .

Go on, grab a bag and give it a go!

Click here to see our current Family Explorer Activities

The instructions and resources to support these activities are available in our reception.

Co-designed by:

Nottingham Contemporary, Associate Artists, and Play & Learn Facilitators.

Your Visit

To prepare you for your visit see our, Access and Facilities here, and Getting Here.

  • Our activities are held in our large ground floor area, called The Space.
  • Find out about our Play and Learn facilitators before you arrive, Getting to know us: The Play & Learn Team
  • We create a sensory and immersive environment.
  • There is a designated sensory area in these workshops.
  • Adult and child noise reducing headphones are available on request.
  • We have a Changing Places facility.
  • There are family toilet seats, and step stools in our toilets to assist the little ones.
  • We are a Breastfeeding Welcome venue.
  • All our Play & Learn Facilitators hold a current DBS certificate.
  • All our Play & Learn Facilitators have regular safeguarding training.
  • We have staff on duty who are First Aid at Work, and Paediatric First Aid, trained.
  • We are a member of the Family Arts Campaign and part of the local Nottingham Network Group with our cultural friends.
  • Find out about our current exhibitions click here


Entry to our exhibitions and our family activities is free.

Our Gallery Assistants are on hand to support a happy and safe environment. Please help by listening to their guidance and let them know if you need any assistance or guidance during your visit.

We ask for you not to take food and drink inside the exhibitions, however you are more than welcome to have your snacks and drinks if attending our Family Activities in The Space.

Safe play

Please take care of your children while enjoying the activities, encouraging safe and positive play.

Your support is vital

A small one-off or regular donation helps us present free exhibitions, events and education programmes across the city, up and down the UK, and around the world.

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