Visit us Safely

In response to current local guidance, we ask that groups no larger than 6 people attend at any one time – from one household only.

We are monitoring the current situation in Nottingham and will update this guidance as necessary, please check back here for updates.

We are now open with two new exhibitions. We have put a number of new safety measures in place. Please read through this page before you visit.

Visiting us

Before you visit

This page outlines the safety measures you will see when you visit. Please read through this page so you know what to expect.

We are not offering timed slots at the moment but will be reducing the capacity of the building and promoting social distancing. We will keep this under constant review.

Please remember, stay at home if you’re feeling unwell, or have been in contact with someone who has coronavirus, and follow NHS coronavirus guidelines.

We will be asking for contact details of all visitors. We will keep your details for 21 days and we will only share them with NHS Test and Trace if asked in the event of a visitor or member of the team testing positive for coronavirus.

Quiet Hour

The first hour of each weekday (10-11am Tue-Fri) is our Quiet Hour. If you were previously asked to shield through lockdown, or are over 65, we would love to see you during this first hour of the day when the building will be quieter.


  • The main entrance to Nottingham Contemporary is on Weekday Cross, on the corner of High Pavement (next to Pitcher and Piano). You will need to enter via this entrance
  • There will be 2 metre spaced queue markers outside the entrance, and you may need to queue momentarily whilst we greet each visitor and give a brief outline of safety measures
  • We will require all visitors, and all our team, to wear face coverings in all areas of the building except the café. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, please let our team know, you will be welcome to visit without
  • Upon entering the building, you will be asked to provide your contact details to support NHS Test and Trace
  • We will be asking every visitor to sanitise their hands upon arrival

During your visit

  • Please observe social distancing and leave 2m between yourself and other visitors
  • We are asking that all visitors wear a face mask in all areas apart from the café
  • Staff will be wearing face coverings
  • Please wash your hands frequently - there will be hand sanitiser points throughout the building
  • Please keep left on the stairs
  • Please keep children close to you at all times
  • There will be increased cleaning throughout the building, including door handles, hand rails and other areas of the building
  • Please pay with contactless/card wherever possible
  • Risk assessments have been carried out for both staff and visitor operations. These are regularly reviewed and take into account the latest guidance from the government and Public Health England.
  • Entry remains free but we are limiting our capacity, so please be prepared to queue if the gallery is busy
  • Please note that due to these safety measures we will not be offering activites for families in The Space on weekends.



  • Our shop will be open. We’ve changed the layout to allow more space for social distancing
  • Contactless/card payments are preferred


  • Our cafe will be open with reduced capacity and more space
  • We'll be providing table service
  • Contactless/card payments are preferred
  • We'll have seating outside and inside


  • Toilets including accessible toilets will be open for our visitors and café customers, as well as baby changing facilities
  • We'll be cleaning the toilets frequently throughout the day

Group visits - schools, colleges and universities

Due to the latest local developments concerning Covid-19, we have paused group & school bookings to our galleries until early November. After this date, we will review guidance.

If you are interested in bringing a group to see our exhibitions or how we can bring our exhibitions into the classroom, please do still get in touch. We are interested in hearing from you.

There are many other ways to engage with our work including experiencing the exhibitions online through our virtual reality tour. These can be found here.

Our galleries remain open and teachers, students and their families are welcome to visit independently. We can work with schools and colleges to help prepare students for a visit and provide resources to help them to connect the exhibitions.

Please note that lockers will not be available.

You can read our COVID-19 Venue/Workplace Risk Assessment here.

If you'd like to ask any questions about our safety measures, please email: