Nottingham: Not to be under-estimated when it comes to art

by Cass Art

That Nottingham has an artists' society which still meets six days a week 133 years after its formation is indicative of the city's thriving scene. The society's aim is to unite artists and visual arts connoisseurs. Members' work can be seen nationally and locally, including Nottingham Castle. Nottingham Society of Artists is based in Friar Lane, close to the castle. 

Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, exhibits historical shows and trailblazing contemporary work. Currently showing until Sunday (November 3) is Art in the Asylum: Creativity and the Evolution of Psychiatry. This historical overview into the diagnostic and therapeutic use of patient artwork explores its impact on the development of humane psychiatric practice.

Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, is one the UK's biggest contemporary art centres (3,000sq m). Sculptor Geoffrey Farmer's Let's Make The Water Turn Black runs until January 5, 2014.

Canadian Farmer borrows elements from conceptual and installation art. He has constructed over 70 sculptures from found materials, recovered films props and discarded theatre sets. Computer-animated in an environment of changing coloured light, they are then choreographed into a mechanical performance, moving slowly in response to musical compositions.

New Art Exchange, Gregory Boulevard, aims to stimulate new perspectives about diversity's value in art and society. It is currently showcasing (until January 12, 2014) Common Culture, a collaborative artists' group. Their exhibition, Not Necessarily In The Right Order, is a video celebrating Nottingham's diverse multicultural demographic.

The Harley Gallery on the Welbeck Estate near Worksop is a short drive out of Nottingham.

Visitors savour its beautiful historic art and craft from Welbeck's Portland Collection and contemporary exhibitions. Showing until Sunday (November 3) are exhibitions by Yelena Popova and George Hardy.

Popova's abstract translucent washes of paint on linen feature distinctive hints of drapery, dress or gesture, which lend the works an almost ghostly link to the portraits which inspire them. Nottinghamshire artist Hardy makes incredibly detailed, lifelike drawings using biro pen on paper. Coming up on November 13 for two months is As Large As Life, a study of the charming children's book illustrations by Sir Quentin Blake, a man synonymous with Roald Dahl's stories.

Keeping a benevolent, helpful eye over the city's culture is Nottingham Visual Arts, a website specifically launched for and about the city's visual arts scene.

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