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Celebrating 170 years

The School of Art & Design at Nottingham Trent University is one of the most established in the UK. With educational roots dating back to the formation of the Nottingham Government School of Design in 1843, it has long been a dedicated hub for creative talent in the city.

Mindful of this heritage, and the importance of creativity, arts and culture for the future, we are taking the opportunity to celebrate Art and Design education in Nottingham with a calendar of events throughout 2014.

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1843

Creative beginnings

Nottingham’s School of Art, officially first named the Nottingham Government School of Design, was the first provincial government art school to be established outside of London. The School was opened on 1 April 1843 at the People's Hall, Beck Lane in the centre of Nottingham.

Early class content was led by William Dyce’s Drawing Book

William Dyce

William Dyce
(1806-1864)

Younge menne and maydens
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The artistic younge menne and maydens of the day were encouraged to submit artworks to the school.

Exhibitions

From the 1840s onwards Nottingham School of Art exhibited its students' works to the public and in 1855 the Government Department of Science and Art, London, loaned fine and decorative arts objects to the School for a large public exhibition.

1851 The Great Exhibition

The School submitted work into the Great Exhibition of 1851, receiving much praise in the press.

Crystal Palace

The Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace

Waverley Stone Lay

1863

Laying the foundations

On 22 October 1863 the Duke of Newcastle laid the first foundation stone of the new Waverley building. As a Knight of the Garter, and Provincial Grand Master, the Duke was accompanied by the Freemasons of Nottinghamshire. The grand masonic procession, which attracted thousands of onlookers, made its way from the market place, up Mansfield Road and through the Arboretum to Waverley Street.

Stone lay cutting
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1865

The Waverley building opens

The Waverley building officially opened on 16 January. To mark the opening the School staged an exhibition, which included collections of paintings, sculpture, architectural drawings, textiles and lace, pottery, works in metal and art treasures loaned form the Royal Museum at South Kensington.

Enrolments continued to rise...

Enrolment Figures

1872

School of Art exhibitions

The School collated many objects of art and hosted numerous exhibitions over a 35 year period.

1869 exhibition
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Exhbittion old paper
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Waverley

1888

Name change...

From 1888 the School was known as the Nottingham Municipal School of Art and Design and was governed by the Castle Museum and School of Art Committee.

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Dame Laura Knight

1890 Dame Laura Knight enrols

In 1890 Laura Knight (nee Johnson) was one of the youngest female students ever to enrol at the Nottingham School of Art. In 1929 she became the first female UK artist to be made a Dame of the British Empire.

Dame Laura Knight Painting - Motherhood

Motherhood, by Laura Knight (1922)

1900s

New horizons

The turn of the century saw a time of diversification, development and new horizons.

Stonemason Tools

1904 Stone carving introduced

The 1904 'Report of the Castle Museum and School of Art Committee' recorded that 'this year students have started to carve in stone and marble’.

New Classes

1912

New classses

Classes in Pottery, Gold and Silversmithing, Jewellery and Enameling, Letter Cutting Stone and Marble, Wood Stone and Marble Carving and Model Making were fully introduced.

College records stated that 'greater emphasis than previously was placed upon the development of craft production as an essential element in the training of designers’.

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Prospectus Page
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1914

New additions

Substantial new additions to the building were made to accommodate the ever-expanding subjects offered.

From 1919, School Prospectuses listed advanced classes in 'Modelling from Antique and Life', 'Modelling Design' and 'General Modelling'. Other courses included 'Designing for Stained Glass' and 'Study for Architects.'

Desperate Dan

Dudley Dexter Watkins

Hailed a ‘schoolboy genius’ by The Nottingham Guardian, Dudley received a scholarship to the Nottingham School of Art at the age of 15 in 1922. He later moved to Scotland with his family and continued his art education in Glasgow; he went on to create the cartoon characters Desperate Dan, Lord Snooty (for the Beano), The Broons and Oor Wullie (for the Scottish Sunday Post).

1934

Name change...

The 'Annual Report of the Castle Museum and School of Art Committee' recorded that the name of the School would be changed from a 'School of Art' to 'Nottingham College of Art'.

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1934 Photography starts

In 1934 the College launched a new Photography course followed by Typography and Ornamental Lead Work in the same year.

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Photography Art

1941

Junior Art Department

The numbers of students attending the school were affected by the war with 85 full-time, 103 part-time and 205 evening only students attending the College in 1940-41. As a result, the Junior Art Department was launched.

1931 school photo
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Dressmaking Class
Textiles Class
Painting Class

1947

Name change...

The College became a Central College of Art for Derby, Lincoln, Leicester and Nottingham. The College was divided into two departments and four schools, each with its own head. These were, The School of Architecture, The School of Design, The School of Drawing, and The School of Modelling and Sculpture.

Rebuilding Works

Waverley building redeveloped

Following bomb damage in the war, the redevelopment of the Waverley building was completed in 1951, providing a refectory, kitchen, students’ common room, sick bay and medical inspection room, lecture theatre, town planning and textile studios and fully equipped workshops.

1950s

The post-war years

After the war, the College put forward its own post-war reconstruction plans, taking into account the demands of a changed world with increased travel and communication, new methods of production and new technologies.

1954 reopening
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Fashion

1953

Attendances rise

The post-war years saw more courses launched and enrolments grow. By 1953, college attendance figures had doubled since the outbreak of the war in 1939. The College had 1609 students from Nottingham, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

A change in attitude

Art and Design in Nottingham saw big changes in the period from the late 1950s to 1990s. There was increasing acceptance of art and design as the base for a career.

Prospectus 1953
Sculpture Class

1960s

Specialist diplomas

An examination system covering the art and design syllabus in England and Scotland developed through the 19th century and, by the middle of the 20th, specialist national diplomas were being awarded in painting and sculpture.

Coloured Painting
Woodcarver
Decorating
Photography Display
Colour Graphic

NCDAD launched

Official recognition of the value of Art and Design education: in 1960 a National Council for Diplomas in Art and Design (NCDAD) was established as a body responsible for validating the bulk of the Art and Design courses at degree-equivalent level in the UK.

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Art went ‘pop’

Emerging trends and new ways of thinking: Pop Art had a huge influence on artistic style and use of colour during the 1960s.

Conceptual art embraced

There was strong, emerging interest in conceptual art, and the School embraced this fully. Prominent conceptual artist, Victor Burgin, taught at the School from 1967 – 1973.

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Victor Burgin
Think About It, 1976

Years 1843-1968

125th anniversary

In 1968 the College of Art and Design celebrated the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Nottingham Government School of Design. A large exhibition of student work was opened at the Castle Museum and Art Gallery in recognition of the College’s long and significant service to industry.

1969

Bonington building

On 14th October 1969, the official opening of the Bonington Building was made by Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Kent. The building offered extensive new facilities and opportunities for growth in the provision in art and design education in Nottingham. It offered large studio spaces, with glass roofs to enhance lighting, and had purpose-built facilities for the creation of large-scale sculptures.

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1969 Victoria newspape
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Trent Model
1969 Bonington newspaper
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Duchess of Kent

1969

Trent Polytechnic

The College merged with the Nottingham Regional College of Technology to form the new Trent Polytechnic.

1970s

1970s

Honours and Masters

The responsibility for validation of Diplomas in Art and Design was passed to the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) in 1974, at which time successful candidates were able to gain an honours or Masters degree in Art and Design subjects.

Polytechnic days
Polytechnic days
Sculpture studio 1970

The art of rebellion

In the mid to late 1970s a new sense of rebellion, influenced by punk rock and a do-it-yourself attitude, shaped the way that Art and Design at the now Trent Polytechnic was taught.

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Punks in Nottingham’s
Market Square

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Never mind the bollocks

1980s

The Polytechnic days

Art and Design saw big changes in the period from the late 1970s to 1990s. Developments in Nottingham involved the creation of major new buildings and a rising number of students during the Polytechnic days.

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Polytechnic days art
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Film studies brochure

1981 Fine Art degrees

By 1981, Trent Polytechnic was one of 45 institutions in Britain offering Fine Art courses at degree level.

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Nottingham’s developing art scene

Nottingham’s art scene was rapidly rising to prominence as one of the most dynamic outside London, offering new ways of looking at art and embracing new technologies.

The Midland Group, a Nottingham art collective, was gaining international recognition for the exhibitions it staged, and several of the academics at Trent Polytechnic contributed significantly to the curation and management of its programmes, as well as encouraging the students to actively get involved; in particular Professor Derek Carruthers (Head of Fine Art at Trent), and lecturers Mike Carradice and Carol Jones.

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1982

Fashionable times

In 1980, Edward Newton became Professor of Fashion and Textiles and in 1982 he was appointed Dean of the School of Art and Design at Trent Polytechnic. Prof Newton was the first in a long line of fashion design specialists to become principal. This reflected the growing importance of fashion design in the textile industry on a national and global scale.

Knitwear art
Knitwear art
Knitwear art
Fashionable times
1980 Knitwear brochure
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Fashionable times
Fashionable times

Fashion Knitwear Design

The late 1970s had also seen the introduction of a specialist degree for Fashion Knitwear Design, drawing on the skills and commercial experience of tutors who had direct connections with the sizeable regional, and national textile industry. During the 1980s, knitwear design increased hugely in popularity and Trent Polytechnic became synonymous with being an expert in this field; a reputation which it still enjoys to the present day.

Embracing the digital era

Huge changes in image-led technologies played a big part in the way art and design students approached and formatted their work.

Digital era
Pac Man video game

1980

Pac-Man video game

MTV logo

1981

Launch of MTV

Music CD

1982

First music CD

Apple Mac

1984

The first Apple Mac

Video camera

Lights. Camera. Action.

Design for Film and Television was validated as a new degree course, having been developed from the already successful Theatre Design degree course.

1989 – 1992
NTU is born

In 1989-90 the School of Art & Design underwent a move to higher status, to become a Faculty.

Alongside seven other faculties, it was officially incorporated into the new Nottingham Trent University in 1992.

1990s

National showcases

Throughout the 90s the School developed an increased prominence in national shows and competitions – links with industry grew, and employment opportunities followed with them.

Professor Edward Newton escorts Claire Bevan down the catwalk with her winning design, Smirnoff Student Designer of the Year, Royal Albert Hall, March 1990.

Smirnoff
NTU 1989 Logo
Colour paper
Princess Ann

Princess Ann visits NTU,
Art & Design, 1990

Year 1654

Attendances up

In 1983 total student numbers totalled 897; by 1992 this had almost doubled to 1,654

Darren by Eleutherius Michaelides,
Photography 1997

1993

150th Anniversary

The Faculty of Art & Design at Nottingham Trent University commemorated the 150th anniversary of the School with a celebratory fashion show and evening event at the Nottingham Council House, held on the evening of 4 November.

Developing new resources for industry

Shifts in cultural perceptions about the value of a creative education, and the career paths available to graduates in these areas, contributed greatly to increases in numbers of students and courses. In response to the growing needs of the creative industries, from the mid 90s through to the new millennium a cluster of resources for industry were developed by the School of Art & Design in response to changing commercial environments.

150th Anniversary Invitation

The World Wide Web

The 90s saw the dawn of the internet-age. Largely thanks to Sir Tim Berners-Lee; the father of World Wide Web. With the arrival of the digital era the School acquired its first full suite of Apple Mac computers in the early 1990s.

Mosaic logo

1990

Mosaic released
(First web browser)

Amazon logo

1994

Launch of Amazon.com

Hotmail logo

1996

Hotmail launched

Google logo

1997

Google.com registered

1994-2000 The Nottinghamshire
Textiles and Clothing Observatory

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, The Nottinghamshire Textiles and Clothing Observatory was set up to monitor changes within the textile industry locally, nationally and internationally. The resulting extensive database of companies, the ‘capacity register’, facilitated research and promotional activities.

Arkwright building

A dye lab and testing house for both students and textile firms was based in the Arkwright building.

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Investment in Digital Design

The School facilitated revolutionary research of 3D imaging of fashion (pictured below). It later participated in the UK National Sizing Survey in 2002, involving body scanning 1000 consumers to see how their figures had changed since the 1930s. This was a high profile project across the UK fashion industry which helped to shape industry standards for garment sizing today.

3D Catwalk

A cut above

New investment in the School followed in equipment such as 3D rapid prototypers, laser cutters for lace, fabrics, wood and plastics, and waterjet cutters, incorporating a water jet head operating at twice the speed of sound, to cut the most solid of materials such as metal, stone and glass.

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Laser cut paper
Malaysia flag
South Africa flag
India flag

Internationalisation

The School of Art & Design developed a number of significant partnerships with international institutions. New international teaching programmes were developed with partner universities and colleges in countries such as India (Pearl Academy), South Africa (Design Centre) and Malaysia (KBU).

This new move towards internationalisation led to an increased multicultural outlook and has contributed to the development of an important international community of Art and Design students at Nottingham Trent University today. Links exist today with institutions right across the globe.

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Waverley refurbishment
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Into the 21st Century

Waverley Building refurbished

As the 20th century came to a close, a £2.1m refurbishment went ahead on the Waverley Building in 1999 to take it into the 21st century.

Waverley plaque

The Waverley building was officially re-opened in 2000 by the Culture Secretary, having undergone a huge upgrade to its facilities and working art and design spaces.

1999 Waverley redevelopment
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Waverley refurbishment
Nottingham Civic Society
Waverley building
Paul Smith

Sir Paul Smith is pictured with Professor Simon Lewis, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Art & Design and the Built Environment

Bonington Opening Invitation
Bonington Opening Plaque

2006

Bonington Building refurbished

Nottingham-born fashion designer, Sir Paul Smith, returned to his home city in May 2006 for the official re-opening of the Bonington building following an extensive rebuilding programme.

He said: “I am delighted to be asked to launch Nottingham Trent University’s new Bonington building. We need to continue to develop design talent to compete in the world market, and it is Schools such as this which support that development.”

Bonington building 2006

Bonington Building, 2006

Bonington building 1991

Bonington Building, 1968

Art and Design degree
shows take centre stage

With extensive upgraded facilities and new showcase spaces now fully open, the opportunities to show student degree work to peers, industry and professional contacts, as well as the general public, took on an increased role in helping the School celebrate the achievements of its graduating students.

The degree shows period is celebrated annually both on the NTU City site, and at a range of prestigious exhibitions and events in London.

Art and design on show

Jon Burgerman

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Award winners

Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University has a global network of links with a prestigious range of companies and brands, professional bodies and institutions.

Our students and graduates achieve outstanding results in some of the best design competitions and awards in the world; here is a small selection of recent successes……

Simon Starling Shedboat
Simon Starling

2005

Simon Starling, alumnus of BA (Hons) Photography 2000, wins the Turner Prize

Abigail Artwork
Abigail Birch
Rose logo

2012

Abigail Birch, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, wins the MPA Roses Award

Alex Card Artwork
Yellow Pencil
D&AD Yellow Pencil Award logo

2011

Alex Card, BA (Hons) Multimedia, wins D&AD
Yellow Pencil Award

Rory Longdon
GFW Logo

2011

Rory Longdon, BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles, wins the George Gold Award, as overall winner at Graduate Fashion Week

Ria Thomson Collection
Ria Thomson
GFW Logo

2008

Ria Thomas, BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles, wins the Pringle Visionary Knitwear Award at Graduate Fashion Week

Michelle Wood
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Pulse Logo

2008

Michelle Wood, BA (Hons) Decorative Arts, wins the Pulse Award at New Designers

Callum Whitehead
Newblood Logo

2012

Callum Whitehead, BA (Hons) Multimedia, wins Best New Blood Award, D&AD

Laura Worthington
i-D Logo

2013

Laura Worthington, MA Fashion Design, iD Diversity Now competition winner in conjunction with Graduate Fashion Week

Laura Hopewell
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New designers logo

2012

Laura Hopewell, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, wins Hallmark Cards Award at New Designers...
In 2013 Gemma Luxton, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, followed suit!

OLiver Hrubiak Chair
Oliver Hrubiak Lighting
Oliver Hrubiak Awards
Lighting Logo Award
New designers logo
John Lewis Logo

2012

Oliver Hrubiak, BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design, wins the Student Lighting Award, and the John Lewis New Designers Award

Paul Smith
Paul Smith logo

2012

Rachel Turner and Elizabeth Insch, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, win the Paul Smith Packaging competition

Anna Heaton Company Magazine
Company Magazine Logo

2012

Anna Heaton, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion, wins Company Magazine guest graduate editors competition

Kelly Wlaker Fashion
Kelly Walker
Abercrombie & Fitch

2012

Kelly Walker, BA (Hons) Fashion Design, wins Abercrombie & Fitch UK student design competition

Thea Sanders Article
GFW Logo

2013

Thea Sanders, BA (Hons) Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles, wins the Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear Award at Graduate Fashion Week

NTU Stand
GFW Logo

2013

NTU win award for Best Stand at Graduate Fashion Week

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Jake Moxon Work
Prime Cuts Logo

2013

Jake Moxon, BA (Hons) Design for Film and Television, wins Best Production Design award at Prime Cuts Festival

Gemma Luxton Work
Gemma Luxton
Tom-Wood
Design in Sight Logo

2014

Tom Wood, BA (Hons) Graphic Design wins Design In Sight Awards. An impressive nine NTU BA (Hons) Graphic Design students are shortlisted from over 200 national entries. The runner-up, Lekha Nanavati, is also an NTU Graphic Design student

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Aimee Dunn (left), BA (Hons) Fashion Design wins GFW Best Menswear Award and Rebecca Swann (right), BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles wins Stuart Peters' Visionary Knitwear Award

Oliver-Royce Work
Stephanie-Brindley Work
Stephanie-Brindley

2014

Oliver Royce, BA (Hons) Fashion Design wins GFW Fashion Innovation Award

2014

Stephanie Brindley, BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory Design wins Mulberry Accessories Award

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New thinking and new directions

Over recent years, Art and Design at NTU has actively encouraged increased diversity of approach to creative challenges, on local, national and global scales.

• Hybrid thinking; new uses for traditional technologies
• Creative collaborations
• Research and development
• Virtual and smart technologies
• Cross disciplinary practices

Find out more about our diverse and future-facing research activities in Art and Design

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Hybrid Thinking: Traditional lace design informing new design approaches, Rosemarie Goulding

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Creative Collaborations: Masters students working on an upcycling fashion project with Ethical Fashion Designer Orsola de Castro

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Research and Development: facial paralysis modelling project - Professor Phil Breedon

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Smart Textile Technology: Research and Development by Professor Tilak Dias

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Virtual Technologies: 3D animation development, Project work by Andy Love

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3D Virtual Reality Modelling: Research with Professor Benachir Medjdoub 2014

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Cross Disciplinary Projects: Robotic modelling, Snake Ballerina project

Future Factory
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2009

The Future Factory Project:
Designing for Sustainability

With funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Future Factory project was created to meet a changing need from small businesses to adapt to a new business culture and become more environmentally sustainable.

It offers creative solutions for any SME in the East Midlands wanting to improve their environmental sustainability; to 2014 the project has supported over 200 small and medium sized companies in fields as diverse as Eco fashion to project work building new prototypes from gardening equipment to wind-turbines.

Organza

2010 - 2012

The Organza Project

The School of Art & Design was a partner in this project which was set out to improve policy-making for the creative industries and to strengthen regional economies. The project included partners from 8 EU regions and was designed to promote the sharing of experiences between different medium-sized cities across Europe.

Partners worked in small groups to visit creative industries initiatives in different cities, and assess the effectiveness and transferability of these policies. Visits were undertaken to Romania, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands to gather inspiration. Their experiences were collated into a database so that information and knowledge could be shared.

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Lace

The Nottingham Lace
Archive Collection

Nottingham is renowned worldwide for its historic association with the design, manufacture and production of lace and textiles. As many of the governors of the original School of Design were lace manufacturers, support for developing a teaching collection was forthcoming and the collection dates back to the very origins of the School itself.

Significant donations were made by the British Lace Federation of designs and drafts by the renowned lace designer William Pegg (1864-1946) and this was followed by many donations from lace manufacturers over the years.

The archive was rehoused in a dedicated archive space in the Bonington building in 2009 and officially opened in February 2010. The Collection comprises 75,000 individual pieces of lace design, garments, photos, portfolios and manufacturer samples.

An Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) award has given the opportunity for research and development of the collection, with the aim of capturing and re-applying the traditional craft and techniques in new ways, and for future facing projects and contexts.

The Bonington Gallery

Housed in the Bonington building, the Gallery is now fully established in its own right as a dedicated space for exhibitions on a local, national and international scale. For all forward programmes and information, visit www.boningtongallery.co.uk

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2014: the year ahead

After 170 years of creative evolution, 2014 is our next chapter; the now and the future.

Art and Design at NTU looks ahead to a diverse and future-facing calendar of events over the year ahead. We aim to continue the creative process, develop our global creative community and challenge the creative status quo.

For details of the events and opportunities click on each of the event links on our calendar, or get in touch.

To coincide with the commemorative events throughout the University, there will be a variety of events at Bonington Gallery.

Since 1843: In the Making

Since 1843: In the Making

9 Jan - 7 Feb

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Since 1843: In the Making

Since 1843: In the Making

9 January - 7 February 2014

We begin our celebrations with an extensive on-site exhibition, featuring the work of 100 of our alumni from all areas of art and design practice, to produce a visual snapshot of creativity through time.

Our showcase presents the work of established names and award winners, internationally-acclaimed artists and designers, and a wealth of recent talent and ones-to-watch. A new commission by NTU Fine Art alumnus, international artist Jon Burgerman, will also be unveiled.

Location:
Newton, Bonington and Waverley buildings

Opening:
Monday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 11 am – 4 pm


Magic Light

Magic Light

26 Feb - 6 Mar

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Magic Light

Magic Light

26 February – 6 March 2014

Magic Light brings together works by Nottingham Trent University’s students, past and present, with the next generation of creative thinkers from schools across the county, to host an enchanting exhibition of lighting and poetry – all inspired by the words of Lawrence and Sillitoe.

Nottingham Trent University’s Arkwright building reflects the tradition and heritage of an academic institution with roots going back to the 19th Century. It is here that D. H. Lawrence studied in 1906 and Alan Sillitoe received an Honorary Degree in 1990, and is a place they both held dear to their hearts…

Location:
Arkwright building, NTU City site

Opening:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 5 pm
Saturday: 11am – 4 pm


Mind is the World Knowing Itself

Mind is the World Knowing Itself

19 Feb - 5 Mar

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Mind is the World Knowing Itself

Mind is the World Knowing Itself

Mind is the World Knowing Itself will bring together a unique group of artists and designers who are members of a research group based at Cardiff School of Art & Design.

Led by Robert Pepperell, the participants are each interested in the way art and design can contribute to questions about human nature and experience, of the kind often asked by scientists and philosophers. How, for example, are we able to have visual knowledge of the world, and what does it look like? What is a body, and how does having one change the way we make and experience art? Are aesthetics properties features of an object, a person, a brain, a mobile body, a social context – or some combination of these?

This is a Bonington Gallery event; for all further information please visit the gallery website

Location:
Bonington building

Opening:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 5 pm

Sean Cummins: The Potato Eaters Discover Cold Fusion

Sean Cummins: The Potato Eaters Discover Cold Fusion

12 - 28 March

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Sean Cummins: The Potato Eaters Discover Cold Fusion

Sean Cummins: The Potato Eaters Discover Cold Fusion

12 - 28 March

The exhibition title juxtaposes Van Gogh’s agrarian meal with the utopian promise of cheap nuclear energy anticipated in the 1960s.

Cummins has used the formal similarities between Van Gogh’s early and haunting masterpiece and a found image from 1963, depicting a control room of an experimental nuclear reactor called Steam Generating Heavy Water Reactor (SGHWR). Cummins uses this image as a catalyst for an exhibition of paintings.

However, the poor protagonists in Van Gogh’s day are a world apart from the futuristic and utopian ideals of a nuclear power program. Cummins explores the notion of ‘Cold Fusion’, a hypothetical type of nuclear reaction that would occur around room temperature, raising hopes of a cheap and abundant source of energy.

This is a Bonington Gallery event; for all further information please visit the gallery website

Location:
Bonington building

Opening:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 5 pm

Marian Clayden: A Dyer’s Journey Through Art & Fashion

Marian Clayden: A Dyer’s Journey Through Art & Fashion

23 Apr - 16 May

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Marian Clayden: A Dyer’s Journey Through Art & Fashion

Marian Clayden: A Dyer’s Journey Through Art & Fashion

23 April - 16 May

From dying fabrics for costumes and hangings for nine touring companies of the musical Hair in 1970, to producing an atelier collection of hand-dyed garments and accessories under her own label from 1981-2005, Marian Clayden’s unique and luxurious designs are virtuoso Bohemian chic.

This vibrant and diverse exhibition showcases examples of Clayden’s work with influences from Grand Opera, Iran, Kabuki and ethnic dance. Clayden’s trail-blazing textiles and garments blurred the boundaries between art, textiles and fashion.

This is a Bonington Gallery event; for all further information please visit the gallery website

Location:
Bonington building

Opening:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 5 pm

Art and Design Degree Show Festival 2014

Art and Design Degree Show Festival 2014

30 May - 7 Jun

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Art and Design Degree Show Festival 2014

Art and Design Degree Show Festival 2014

30 May - 7 June

A great opportunity to come and see the fantastic final-year work of the next generation of designers and artists.

Unleashing over 1,300 art and design graduates from the School of Art & Design, and School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment into the professional creative arena.

Full information and updates about our 2014 shows and events can be found on our Degree Shows web pages.

Knitting Nottingham

Knitting Nottingham

6 – 28 Nov

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Knitting Nottingham

Knitting Nottingham

6 – 28 November

As part of Nottingham Trent University’s 170 Years of Art and Design event series, Knitting Nottingham celebrates the transformational role played by Nottingham in the growth of the knitting industry and knit technology, and provokes a serious question: how far can we stretch our ideas about knitting?

Location:
Bonington Gallery

Opening:
Preview: Thursday 6 November, 6 pm - 8 pm


Crafting Anatomies

Crafting Anatomies

7 Jan – 4 Feb 2015

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Crafting Anatomies

Crafting Anatomies

7 January – 4 February 2015

Crafting Anatomies will place the human body at the centre of a multi-disciplinary dialogue; exploring how this entity has been interpreted, crafted and reimagined in historical, contemporary and future contexts.

This is a Bonington Gallery event; for all further information please visit the gallery website

Location:
Bonington Gallery

Opening:
Preview: Wednesday 14 January, 6 pm - 8 pm

All Schools Should Be Art Schools

All Schools Should Be Art Schools

13 Jan 2015

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All Schools Should Be Art Schools

All Schools Should Be Art Schools

13 January 2015

All Schools Should Be Art Schools, a never-been-seen specially commissioned performance, written by internationally renowned playwright Michael Eaton and directed by Martin Berry.

Location:
Nottingham Castle


Beyond the Line

Beyond the Line

11 - 17 Apr

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Beyond the Line

Beyond the Line

11 - 17 April

Further details coming soon…….

This is a Bonington Gallery event; for all further information please visit the gallery website

Making The Future ’14: Art and Design Postgraduate Exposition

Making The Future ’14: Art and Design Postgraduate Exposition

22 Sep - 3 Oct

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Making The Future ’14: Art and Design Postgraduate Exposition

Making The Future ’14: Art and Design Postgraduate Exposition

22 September - 3 October

A selection of work from our graduating 2014 postgraduate Art and Design students.

This is a Bonington Gallery event; for all further information please visit the gallery website

 

 

Debra Swann: Dwelling

Debra Swann: Dwelling

09 - 29 Oct

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Debra Swann: Dwelling

Debra Swann: Dwelling

09 - 29 October

This is a Bonington Gallery event; for all further information please visit the gallery website

Opening:
Preview: Wednesday 8 October, 6 pm - 8 pm
A solo exhibition by Debra Swann consolidating her artistic research through sculpture, video and photography.

Knitwear and Fashion Catwalks

Knitwear and Fashion Catwalks

21 - 22 May

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Knitwear and Fashion Catwalks

Knitwear and Fashion Catwalks

21 - 22 May

21 May: BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles at 6 pm and 8 pm

22 May: BA(Hons) Fashion Design at 6 pm and 8 pm

For tickets and further details visit our 2014 Degree Shows web pages.

Location:
Newton building

Photography Festival

Photography Festival

26 May - 7 Jun

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Photography Festival

Photography Festival

26 May - 7 June

Blackbox: the 18th annual NTU photography festival

A diverse and extensive showcase of the final-year work of students from BA (Hons) Photography

Further details to follow soon….

Location:
Various across NTU City site and Nottingham

170th Debates and Distinguished Lecture Event

170th Debates and Distinguished Lecture Event

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170th Debates and Distinguished Lecture Event

170th Debates and Distinguished Lecture Event

We are holding a series of early evening public debates around important current issues for the arts and education with key speakers from the creative professions and the arts. Topics include:

DEBATES:
New Technologies are Killing Hand-made Craft, Wednesday 19 November 2014, 6 pm – 8 pm
The Image is Dead. Long Live the Image, Wednesday 3 December 2014, 6 pm – 8 pm

DISTINGUISHED LECTURE:
Slaying the Sixth Giant: Reflections on the Public Funding of the Arts, 12 November 2014, 6 pm – 7.15 pm

Read more here.

Hopkins in Nottingham: Nottingham on Camera 1994 – 2014

Hopkins in Nottingham: Nottingham on Camera 1994 – 2014

9 May - 15 May

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Hopkins in Nottingham: Nottingham on Camera 1994 – 2014

Hopkins in Nottingham: Nottingham on Camera 1994 – 2014

9 May - 15 May 2014

As part of Nottingham Trent University’s 170th Anniversary of Art and Design, this exhibition showcases a collection of images by acclaimed architectural photographer, Martine Hamilton Knight D.Litt (hon).

Location:
Newton building, NTU City site

Opening:
Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 11 am - 4 pm (closed Sunday)


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Home grown talent

Nottingham is bursting with creativity, check out some of the talent that has come from the city itself and Nottingham Trent University!


Vintage Nottingham

A photographic journey celebrating our rich history or Nottingham’s architecture.



I was there

How things have changed! Read student memories and view photos from the last 170 years.

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Have you, your family or friends studied Art and Design with us in the past? Do you have a story to tell, a memory to share, a photo or piece of work to show?

We will be creating a gallery of memories and photos over the course of the next few months on our website and on our Pinterest page. If you have anything you would like to contribute we’d love to hear from you.

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To be added to our gallery simply complete this form and upload your photo(s). Alternatively, you can email them to 170yearsphotos@ntu.ac.uk. You can also share your memories and photos with us by joining our Flickr group. To join the group you will need a Flickr account, for which you can use a Facebook, Google or Yahoo account.

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Art and Design 170th Fund

As we celebrate 170 years of Art and Design education in Nottingham, and the considerable achievements and impact of our alumni, we are launching the Art and Design 170th Fund.

The Art and Design 170th Fund will create a range of creative opportunities and support the next generation of artists and designers.

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