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Lara Favaretto, Absolutely Nothing, 2017. Installation view, Nottingham Contemporary. Photo Sam Kirby.

Lara Favaretto, Absolutely Nothing, 2017. Installation view, Nottingham Contemporary. Photo Sam Kirby.

Lara Favaretto, Absolutely Nothing, 2017. Installation view, Nottingham Contemporary. Photo Sam Kirby.

Lara Favaretto, Absolutely Nothing, 2017. Installation view, Nottingham Contemporary. Photo Sam Kirby.

Wu Tsang, Duilian, 2016. Installation view, Nottingham Contemporary. Photo Sam Kirby

Wu Tsang, Duilian, 2016. Installation view, Nottingham Contemporary. Photo Sam Kirby

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PhD studentship opportunity – Nottingham Contemporary and NTU
The Bauhaus and Beyond: New Geographies of Cultural Exchange and Artistic Practices 
2019 marks the centenary of the Bauhaus, one of the major art and design schools in Europe in the 20th century; and in preparation of the event, Nottingham Contemporary in collaboration with international partners curates an ambitious exhibition and thought-provoking public events revisiting the school legacy. Focusing on the international dissemination and reception of the Bauhaus, a touring exhibition develops in five chapters that extend from Bauhaus education to its diverse histories beyond Europe. Nottingham Contemporary will host this project in Winter 2019, and research and other activities undertaken for this PhD will contribute to Nottingham Contemporary’s chapter of this project. The successful applicant will work with the Nottingham Contemporary curator team to devise and deliver a public programme of events (such as talks, seminars, conferences, and performances) and to contribute to the design of the exhibition. 
This practice-based PhD will extend across several disciplinary fields, including visual cultures, cultural studies, postcolonial studies and ‘the curatorial’ to critically investigate and propose new readings around, through, and beyond the Bauhaus school. Applicants are invited to consider how the Bauhaus’ entanglements with knowledge production, cultural exchange, and artistic practices across the world can be re-situated in the contexts of colonial and postcolonial networks of influence, as well as in relation to other contemporary geopolitical forces and movements. By critically contextualising the Bauhaus within a broader programme of modernity, this project will allow arthistorical hierarchies to be challenged, especially those relating to the centres and margins of artistic and cultural production. 
The successful applicant will work with supervisors to determine the final shape and scope of the core research to be undertaken for this project. However, we welcome applications that consider one or more of the following themes: 
●   Bauhaus geographies beyond Europe
●   Global networks of art practices and knowledge production in the 20th and 21st centuries
●   Bauhaus’s engagement with colonial and postcolonial geopolitics
●   ‘The Curatorial’ as an investigative and critical practice
This fully-funded PhD is a collaboration between NTU’s Schools of Art & Design and Arts & Humanities, led by Cuneyt Cakirlar; and Nottingham Contemporary’s Public Programmes and Research Department, led by Carolina Rito. The successful applicant will join vibrant research communities in the Schools of Art & Design and Arts & Humanities at NTU. Staff and postgraduate researchers work collaboratively with many regional, national, and international partners, resulting in a thriving research culture which provides outstanding collaborative opportunities and offers excellent opportunities for participating in a wide range of cultural and creative activities. Nottingham Contemporary opened in 2009 and is an international arts centre which hosts several internationally-significant exhibitions each year. Its artistic, learning, and public programmes allow diverse audiences to engage with ideas and practices relating to contemporary art and culture. Nottingham Contemporary is one of the founding partners of the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. 
For more information, please contact Dr Cuneyt Cakirlar (Lead HEI Supervisor), or Dr Carolina Rito (Nottingham Contemporary),

Deadline for applications: 15th January 2018, 5pm

Nottingham Contemporary / NTU Internship Programme

1 Opportunity: Exhibitions Intern

Start date: February 2018
12 days, over 1 to 3 months (To be agreed)

Please read this information carefully before submitting your application,

In collaboration with the School of Art & Design at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), Nottingham Contemporary offers eligible students the opportunity to apply for a paid internship working within the Exhibitions team.  

Eligibility: Applications are welcome from students enrolled in BA & MA courses within the following NTU Schools: Art & Design; Architecture & Built Environment; Arts & Humanities.

Working Hours: On average one full day (9:30 am – 5:30 pm) per week (to be discussed); depending on the nature of the work, you may be required to work outside of normal business hours.

Internships may however be carried out more flexibly during Academic holidays.

Payment: £7.05 per hour (over 25’s £7.50 per hour)

How to Apply

Please send the two documents listed below only

1.Your CV (maximum two A4 sides) detailing all Further & Higher Education and all relevant work experience and/or employment.

2.Covering Letter - including at least the following information:
• Your availability.
• How are your skills, knowledge & experience relevant to the role?
• How will the internship relate to your ambitions/professional development?
Please send your two application documents as attachments (.doc/docx or pdf), with your full name in the title, by email to: Nicola Murray

Deadline: 29th of January, 10am
Interviews: Interviews will take place on the week beginning the 5th of February


Call for Performers

Nottingham Contemporary are looking for five performers to collaborate with contemporary artist, Ye Funa on a new commissioned work.

The project titled Ping Pong Stream will take the form of a live streamed film, which will be rehearsed and filmed in The Space at Nottingham Contemporary between 5th – 9th February 2018.

Paid opportunity.

Please dowload and read the 'NC Ye Funa Call for Performers' document below and contact for more information and to apply.


Call for Submissions: Curated Nails

We invite you to submit your proposals to the Curated Nails project, to be displayed as a part of Ye Funa’s exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary, From Hand to Hand.

Artist Ye Funa, founder of Curated Nails, invites artists and curators to manifest exhibition themes and concepts on the tiny space of nails, breaking the barriers of "daily display" and "art exhibition".

The successful applicants will have their work displayed as a part of Ye Funa’s exhibition From Hand to Hand at Nottingham Contemporary. All exhibitions will be promoted on social media and published in the Curated Nails catalogue. We would also like to offer participants an Exhibitionist Nail Polish coupon for their participation.

Please note: This opportunity is open to all, not just professional artists and curators.

Please download, read and complete 'NC Ye Funa Curated Nails Submissions’ document below and contact for more information and to send completed submissions forms.