Backlit is a two storey independent art gallery located in the heart of Nottingham, UK. It provides affordable studio spaces for contemporary artists; supporting early career graduates, emerging artists and international touring practitioners.

Backlit provides a dynamic public programme of national and international artists including original artist commissions, workshops, screenings and live debates. It has a strong working relationship with regional and national organisations and universities. It is committed to supporting community engaged projects and provides unique critical sessions for artists working in the city.

Open Thursday to Sunday 12-5pm during exhibitions.

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Our Team

Rosemary MacLennan
Studio Manager
John Harris
Assistant Curator
Bo Olawoye
Learning Curator
Tim Jennings
HLF Marketing Manager
Matthew Chesney
Suzanne Golden
Deputy Director
Rachel Ferguson


Forthcoming Programme

House Of The Flying Wheel

Offsite exhibition at Morley Gallery, London

Darren Banks / Mark Davey / Tracey McMaster / Yinka Shonibare MBE / Julian Wild

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15th January – 4th February 2015

Private View: Wednesday 14th January 2015

6pm – 8pm


Image (Darren Banks)

Bunch of Fives

This group show will present new work by Backlit studio members from a wide range of art forms.

7th – 22nd February 2015

Private View Friday 6th February

6 – 9pm


Image (Jake Kent)

5 Points of Connection

Master: Geoff Diego Litherland
Apprentices: Bram Demunter (Gent) / Dawn West (Limerick) / Michelle Verschreijden (Tilburg) / Gerrit Bruijns (Rotterdam).

6th – 22nd March 2015

Private View: Thursday 5th March 2015

6pm – 8pm


Image (Geoff Diego Litherland)


Workshops & Courses

Workshops & Courses



Young People

Young People

Backlit Learning Vision

Backlit is an artist-led venue, offering an inspiring learning and engagement programme that creates an open dialogue between artists, communities and the wider public.

We are committed to delivering high quality contemporary exhibitions, events and activities to the widest possible audience

We actively consult with local residents, community centers and not-for profit organisations when developing creative outreach projects.

We are the only artist- led studio based in one of the most economically deprived areas in Nottingham creating workshops and activities that directly respond to the needs of local audiences.

We develop innovative participatory projects with community groups creatively collaborating with a range of partners, national and international artist.

We are working towards creating a learning and engagement programme, led by our studio artist’s providing them with an opportunity to share their skills and encourage public participation with their practice.

We support critical debate for local artists, students and new and existing audiences.

If you would like to find out more please contact   Bo Olawoye, Development Director/Learning Curator on 0115 837 2426 or email


Import X Port – Traci Kelly
House of the Flying Wheel
«Rotations» solo show by Zimoun
Museums at Night, Mat Collishaw
Alignment curated by Leila Al-Yousuf
Taste of Stone, Frank Kent
Ensemble curated by Dave Charlesworth and Ben Judd
The Art of Conversation facilitated by Rhiannon Jones
Sisyphus Happy, Robert Luzar and Rachel Maclean
Hyper real
Paul Heijnen
Grotesque, Jonathan Baldock


We have 21 studio spaces and house 25 artists, spaces range in size and start from £60 per month

Unfortunatly we have no available studios but we do hold a waiting list for more information on studios please contact Rosemary at

Full Studio Membership

Full membership includes:

24 hour access

Internet, heating and electricity all inclusive

Profile on the website

Access to any member only opportunities generated by the group including exhibitions and events

Priority over non-members to workshops, talks and other critical sessions

Part of a diverse and exciting studio community

Associate Studio Membership

This member is designed for an artist that doesn’t need a physical space

Associate membership includes:

Profile on the website

Access to any member only opportunities generated by the group including exhibitions and events

Priority over non-members to workshops, talks and other critical sessions

Associate membership is £7 pcm


Don't hesitate to contact us at Backlit or phone us on 0115 837 24 26


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Supported by Arts Council England, Backlit is not for profit limited by guarantee, Company No: 8329205