Independent art gallery and studios in the heart of Nottingham




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 and emerging artists. In its exhibition role Backlit provides a dynamic public programme of national and international artists including original artist commissions, screenings and live debates. Central to the Backlit ethos is its strong working relationships with regional universities and its partnerships with other galleries and creative organisations. It is also committed to supporting projects that promote community and local heritage.

Open Thursday to Sunday 12-5pm during exhibitions.




As founder and director of BACKLIT Matthew is responsible for BACKLIT’s visual arts exhibition programming and the creative ethos which underpins the gallery. He founded Backlit immediately after graduating from Nottingham Trent University’s BA Fine Art course in 2008. His work as an artist is based around performance, video and sculpture with experimental configurations of people and technologies. He has worked internationally on projects and residencies in Japan, Germany and UK.


Deputy Director

As deputy director at BACKLIT Suzanne’s responsibilities include fund-raising, board support, business planning, managing the volunteer and internship programme and supporting the director’s role. Suzanne is also an artist, working mainly in fine art and illustration, and has 15 years experience in arts administration in London where she worked for the Arts Council and co-ordinated the Save the Arts campaign. She works part-time with the Foyle Foundation.


Participation & Learning Manager

As participation and learning manager Rosemary’s develops programmes for Backlit’s resident and associate artists and local residents. Outside Backlit she is an artist, runs Nottingham Trent University’s Saturday Art Club and is a programme development worker for Derbyshire County Council on the HLF Landscape Partnership Project DerwentWISE.


Technical Assistant

Peter has been involved in Art & Design Education for all of his career – working at Newark and Lincoln Colleges and Loughborough University. Parallel to this he has a ceramics studio which he is currently reviving to develop a range of functional pottery and exhibition pieces, in collaboration with his wife Karen.


Office Manager

As office manager and designer Martin handles all aspects of print and website design and makes sure that the office is running smoothly. When he isn’t helping to promote the latest exhibition he works as an innovative illustrator probing the realms of fine art. He specialises in mixed media collage which he often edits for submersion into the realm of digital art.


Philip Brookes Stephens

Charity Consultant, Governance, Fundraising and PR

Ashley Gallant

Founder of Backlit, Advisory Board Member and Collections Access Officer at the Collection & Usher Gallery, Lincoln.

Thiago Carvalho

Director of the Park Estate, Business and Economics Consultant.

Carol Brady

Director of Strategy, NHS Community Trust, Lincolnshire

Matt Hall

Consultant for multimedia brands. Freelance Journalist and Commissioner for The Guardian and BBC.

Lynn Hannah

Head of Communications and Development at Nottingham Contemporary. Audience development and stakeholder management.


Terry Shave

Professor of Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, Artist.

Carol Jones

Principal Lecturer, College of Art & Design and Built Environment, School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University.

Cherry Underwood

Trust Executive, Renewal Trust.