Founded in 2008 as an artist-led space by Nottingham graduates, BACKLIT has evolved into an internationally renowned independent public gallery and cultural organisation.
Since opening, we have contributed to over 14 years of arts and culture, presenting more than 100 national and international exhibitions, and continuing to support significant discussions around contemporary art.
Our yearly free programme of exhibitions, events and workshops support an essential framework for public, local people, communities, students and creatives at all stages of life to develop.
BACKLIT is a registered charity, no 1167258, needing to raise funds each year from different sources, including our visitors, patrons, funders and sponsors, alongside its core funding as a National Portfolio Organisation.
Donating and supporting BACKLIT helps us reinvest in local artist development, community and learning activities and contributes to achieving our charitable objectives.
Funders and Partners
Thanks to our photographers Tom Morley, Joe Horner, Katie Rayson, Reece Straw.
In addition, Open Eye Gallery, University of Salford Art Collection, Culture Recovery Fund (ACE), Environment Agency, The Ampersand Foundation, The Architectural Heritage Fund, National Lottery Heritage, Foyle Foundation, Henry Moore Foundation, Cause4, Connect10, Big Lottery Fund, The Lush Fund, Near Neighbours, ERDF Funding, D2N2, Arts and Feminism, Pro Helvitia