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New Art Exchange

  • Date: 9 November 2009
  • Artform: Visual arts
  • Area: Midlands
New Art Exchange. Photo: David Sillitoe New Art Exchange. Photo: David Sillitoe

The New Art Exchange was formed in September 2003 as a new partnership between APNA Arts and EMACA Visual Arts to steer and manage the development of Nottingham's first dedicated cultural facility for African, Caribbean and South Asian arts practice and the only venue for Black and minority ethnic arts outside London.

APNA Arts focused on South Asian arts and played a key role in the development of the Nottingham Mela. EMACA Visual Arts supported the development of artists of African/Caribbean origin.

From April 2006, Arts Council England revenue funding for these two organisations ceased and was replaced by a consolidated grant to the New Art Exchange. The organisation was then awarded Arts Council capital funding to create a new centre for contemporary arts on the site of the former Art Exchange, in the centre of Hyson Green in Nottingham. The award-winning London-based architects Hawkins\Brown designed the New Art Exchange and opened in September 2009.

Since then, New Art Exchange has presented an exciting and diverse programme of exhibitions and events. Shows have included an exhibition exploring global slavery, a showcase of folk and tribal art from India, and solo exhibits by Algerian-born filmmaker and photographer Zenib Sedira, Nigerian sculptor Sokari Douglas-Camp, and influential Caribbean artist Donald Locke. It has also established itself as a venue for theatre, music, dance and comedy performances, and runs workshops on everything from graffiti and animation to pottery and Afro-Brazilian dance.