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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
Director
Suzanne Golden
Deputy Director
Rachel Ferguson
Co-ordinator

 

Exhibitions

 


Bunch of Fives

Billy Craigan-Toon / John Fuller / Sara Gaynor / Sam Hewland / Craig Proud /
Benjamin Kay / Jake Kent / Tracey Kershaw / Sue Lea / Rosemary MacLennan /
Ali Morgan-Tansley / Valerie Turton / Antonietta Sacco / Maureen Scott / Celine Siani Djiakoua

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

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7th – 22nd February 2015

Public Preview Friday 6th February

6 – 9pm

Image (Jake Kent)


5 Points of Connection

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

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6th – 22nd March 2015

Public Preview: Thursday 5th March 2015

7pm – 10pm

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Image (Geoff Diego Litherland)


Learning

Workshops & Courses

Workshops & Courses

Community

Community

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 bobacklit@gmail.co.uk

Archive

Import X Port – Traci Kelly
2014
House of the Flying Wheel
2014
«Rotations» solo show by Zimoun
2013
Museums at Night, Mat Collishaw
2013
Alignment curated by Leila Al-Yousuf
2013
Taste of Stone, Frank Kent
2013
Ensemble curated by Dave Charlesworth and Ben Judd
2013
The Art of Conversation facilitated by Rhiannon Jones
2012
Sisyphus Happy, Robert Luzar and Rachel Maclean
2011
Hyper real
2012
Disclosure
2009
Paul Heijnen
2012
Grotesque, Jonathan Baldock
2008

Studios

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 rosemary@backlit.org.uk

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

Contact

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