Exploring Sculpture and 3D

Explore the art of sculpture and 3D models in this hands-on course. Artist facilitated workshops enable you to experiment with creative techniques and explore new ideas in a welcoming social environment.

During weekly workshops, participants are encouraged to experiment with different materials, observe everyday objects in new ways and consider how we interact with the spaces around us using our current art exhibitions as inspiration. As a group we’ll play on themes of shape, food, people and spaces.

All adults welcome (18+) but we particularly recommend these workshops for mature adults; people who are retired, working part time, new visitors to Nottingham Contemporary, with some interest in the arts, who like to socialise, be creative and/or who enjoy learning and doing new things.

Join Us

You can choose to join us for socially distanced in-person workshops on mornings throughout October or take part virtually in evening sessions:

In person workshops - Mondays 10.30-12pm; 13th Sept (taster session), 4, 11, 18 and 25 Oct 2021

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Online workshops - Tuesdays 6-7pm; 19 Oct (taster session), 2, 9, 16 and 23 Nov 2021

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£15 per session in person or £7.50 online (excluding Eventbrite booking fee). Enjoy a £5 discount if you book onto all four workshops. Taster session free of charge.

  • It is encouraged though not compulsory to attend all four sessions in each course.
  • No prior knowledge/experience is required, suitable for all levels.
  • You do not need to have seen the current exhibition or visited the gallery.
  • Art materials are provided free.
  • In person workshops are limited to max. 15 participants.

Weekly Sessions:

Taster Session: Join our free taster session to try out a creativity activity. Meet the artist facilitators, ask questions, and hear more about Nottingham Contemporary and our Exploring workshops.

Session One: Find inspiration in the Venus of Willendorf (the mother of all sculpture) in artwork by exhibiting artist Erika Verzutti. Consider body shapes and everyday geometric objects to construct sculpture using either papier mache or clay.

Session Two: Take a playful approach to shape within unexpected objects as artist Erika Verzutti does in their work. Consider ‘traces of touch’; imprints that can be left behind on objects using clay or salt dough and items of food.

Session Three: Experiment with scale and size to create sculptural works in the gallery which occupy the same space as the exhibiting artists. Utilising materials like bamboo and wood, card and paper.

Session Four: Explore how spaces/rooms might change the way we feel and connect to other people through the artwork of Allison Katz and Melanie Matranga. Create a 3D model of a room within a room from card, paper and paint.

In these workshops you will:

- meet new people and try new things

- gain practical experience of creating sculptures and using a variety of artistic materials

- be introduced to theories around sculpture and sculptural art/3D models

- develop an understanding of the themes and techniques used by artists in the current exhibitions

“Well! Who’d have thought this could be so much fun!” “(this workshop) makes me think of using new materials and new possibilities.”
(Previous participant comments)


  • We ask all participants and staff to wear a face covering (unless medically exempt) during workshops, remain socially distanced (1-2 metres) and wash/sanitise hands regularly. There are multiple sanitiser points around the building and masks on offer where necessary.
  • We have increased our cleaning in all areas.
  • If you feel unwell, have symptoms, or yourself/someone in your household has recently tested positive for COVID19 please do not attend.
  • Find further information to help before and during your visit here


Please find our building access statement and information here or contact us to request a copy.

Portable stools are available in our galleries.

We offer a selection of coloured overlays to borrow which may mitigate visual perception issues during the workshop; please request from our team as needed.

We support Age Friendly Nottingham and are working towards being recognised as Dementia Friendly.

If you have specific questions or requests to support your access or engagement please contact natelle@nottinghamcontemporary.org, call 0115 9489750 or drop into the gallery.