Open Call: Residency in Gallery Zero

Opened in 2009, Nottingham Contemporary is an international art centre with a strong sense of local purpose. We are a place for international art, for everyone, for free.

Connected but separate from our four main galleries, Gallery Zero is a fresh and flexible activity space. It is an informal space for all visitors to explore, think, experiment and play and is home to Nottingham Contemporary’s resource library of journals, books and pamphlets. It is also host to 1525 (Nottingham Contemporary’s youth collective) and residents.

Gallery Zero is offering the opportunity for an individual, group or collective to inhabit the space for a 6-month residency. During the residency, residents can engage with audiences in new ways through opportunities to create, develop, and programme events with a focus on the theme of ‘collaboration’. Residents will also be supported by a budget, staff and resources at Nottingham Contemporary.

The selected resident will receive:

  • A project budget of £800 to include the cost of fees, travel, and materials.
  • Monthly mentoring by staff from Exhibitions, Public Programmes and Research, Learning, and Marketing.
  • Access to resources (e.g. creative materials, furniture, and technical equipment).
  • Free or subsidised entry to events organised by and hosted at Nottingham Contemporary

For further information, find our supporting information here.

Submission Guidelines

Please send a completed submission form along with an example of no more than 3 projects (or a link to an online portfolio/social media presence) to galleryzero@nottinghamcontemporary.org before midnight on 26 Feb 2020.

Submissions will be assessed by a staff panel from Exhibitions, Public Programmes and Research and Learning. Selected applicants will be invited to an informal chat (either by Skype or in-person), which will take place shortly after the deadline.

If you would like to discuss your submission, require more information before applying, or would like to apply using another format (i.e. video or audio) please contact us by email or telephone on 0115 948 9750.

Previous Gallery Zero Residents:

Notts Zine Library showcase and archive a collection of self-published zine materials. They hosted talks, workshops and other events around the concept of D.I.Y. culture.

Outsider Artist Collective explore experiences of living ‘under one sky’. Events included gatherings, films, talks and debates, focusing on the moon, equinox, and the solstice calendar.

Schüle Wampe - a subset of the art collective Kühle Wampe who researched their “parasitic” type inhabitation of Nottingham Contemporary. They facilitated links between existing groups and educational resources.