Visit us Safely

Visiting us

Before you visit

This page outlines the safety measures to protect you from coronavirus infection that you will see when you visit us. These measures have been decided following survey feedback from our visitors and staff.

Like other cultural organisations in Nottingham and across the UK, we are taking a cautious approach to easing restrictions. Until more of the adult population has had the opportunity to take up full vaccination, protections such as social distancing and the requirement to wear a face covering will remain in place.

Please read through this page so you know what to expect. And remember, stay at home if you’re feeling unwell with coronavirus symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who has coronavirus, and make sure to follow NHS coronavirus guidelines.

Thank you for keeping everyone safe.

During your visit

  • Entry remains free but we are limiting our capacity, so please be prepared to queue if the building is busy
  • All visitors aged 16 or over will be encouraged to check-in using the NHS COVID-19 app, or via a QR code or tablet provided by Nottingham Contemporary (we will keep your details for 21 days and we will only share them with NHS Test and Trace if asked to do so)
  • Please observe social distancing, leaving 2 metres between yourself and other groups of visitors and staff
  • We are asking all visitors to wear a face mask in all areas, apart from when seated in the café (if you are exempt from wearing a mask, please let our team know – you will be welcome to visit without)
  • Staff will be wearing face masks
  • Please wash your hands frequently - there will be automatic hand sanitiser points at the entrances and throughout the building
  • Please keep left on the stairs
  • There will be increased cleaning throughout the building, including door handles, handrails and other areas of the building
  • Please pay with contactless/card wherever possible
  • Please note that due to these safety measures we will not be offering activities for families in The Space on weekends
  • Lockers will not be available

We are not offering timed slots at the moment, but we will keep this under constant review.

Quiet Hour

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays our Quiet Hour is 5pm-6pm. On Thursdays and Fridays our Quiet Hour is 10am-11am. If you were previously asked to shield through lockdown, or are over 65, we would love to see you during these times when the building will be quieter.


  • The main entrance to Nottingham Contemporary is on Weekday Cross, on the corner of High Pavement (next to the Pitcher and Piano)
  • There will be 2 metre-spaced queue markers outside the entrance
  • You may need to queue momentarily while other visitors check-in for NHS Test and Trace and while we greet each visitor and give a brief outline of our safety measures
  • There is an automatic hand sanitiser point at the entrance


  • 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

  • Well be providing table service
  • Contactless/card payments are preferred
  • We'll have seating outside and inside. Groups larger than 6 are advised to phone in advance to reserve a table


  • All four of our main galleries will be open (Gallery Zero will remain closed for the time being)
  • The capacities of our galleries have been reduced to enable social distancing
  • Free exhibition notes are available upon entry to the galleries and in digital and audio form on our website
  • Gallery assistants are on hand to answer questions and provide assistance, but please maintain 2-metre social distancing
  • Please do not touch the artworks


  • 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

We are now welcoming schools, colleges and universities back to our galleries. But we require you to book in advance to help us manage numbers so that other visitors can maintain social distancing.

Please contact us to book a visit, either by phoning us on 0115 948 9750 or by emailing

We can work with schools and colleges to prepare students for their visit, and we can provide resources to help them to connect with the exhibitions. Our team of artists can also support your visit to the gallery and provide a workshop. Find out more here.

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

Risk assessment

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, NHS and HSE.

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: